NikeLab and Riccardo Tisci follow up their Dunk Lux High with a new training collection as part of the Swoosh’s Summer of Sport celebration.
Inspired by athletes training for this summer’s Olympic games, the collection makes use of Nike performance technologies such as Dri-FIT and Flyknit, while modern silhouettes provide new performance solutions. Take the NikeLab Kaleidoscope Dri-FIT 2-in-1 Short x RT, for instance, which blends the performance of full-length tights with the styling of shorts. Despite the two layers, the garment features just one waistband.
Officially dubbed “NikeLab x RT: Training Redefined,” the collaboration will be released in two distinct capsule collections. The first features a signature Tisci black and white color palette. The second makes use of a juxtaposition of floral and kaleidoscope prints. The floral print includes flowers from Oregon, the home of Nike; Taranto, Italy, the home of Tisci; and Rio de Janeiro, the home of this summer’s games. A closer look at the colorful print reveals subtle nods to Tisci’s stars and skulls motif.
Regarding the collaboration, Tisci related the following:
It was interesting…a little bit of a difficult process because to make something that is very dynamic, to do sport and to do activity, and make it strongly recognizable — a fashion statement — is not easy. But we achieved something that’s amazing. There’s a lot of sensuality.
NikeLab Senior Design Director Jarrett Reynolds, meanwhile, had this to say:
This collection represents an entirely new way of thinking for Riccardo. It is engineered for performance, which is unfamiliar territory for him. But that’s the beauty of collaboration — we can help bring Riccardo into the world of sport performance, which is our expertise. On the other hand, Riccardo’s vision pushed our design to a place we wouldn’t have arrived at on our own.
Look for the NikeLab x RT: Training Redefined collection to arrive in July 2016, with a second release scheduled the following month. Sign up at nike.com/nikelabto be notified when the collection goes on sale.