NikeLab x Riccardo Tisci

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.

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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.

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