By Samantha Bergeson
NikeLab, which recently opened a store within Bergdorf Goodman’s men’s department, is collaborating with London boutique Machine-A owner Stavros Karelis to select new designers to create looks based on the famous Air VaporMax sneaker. The new shoe was released on March 26, also known as Air Max Day.
Karelis selected an array of international designers, all who found different inspiration from the iconic Nike shoe. Azar Rajabi, a Canadian designer and former intern for Damir Doma and Prabal Gurung, created a hooded jacket using pearlized Neoprene mesh and texturized vinyl. New York-based Chinese designer Shizhe He found inspiration in plastic packaging wrap used when shipping furniture and designed a dress out of the material. The final three designers Karelis selected were all Central Saint Martins graduates: Liam Johnson, creating a modern abstract piece inspired by floating clouds; Paula Canovas who experimented with knots and nylon; and Wangbing Huang, who ultimately built a headpiece and bodysuit based on woven Flyknits.
NikeLab has also further ventured into high fashion, partnering with Riccardo Tisci for a redesign of the Nike Air Max97.
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