Rooted in his love for basketball, Riccardo Tisci’s Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Collection allows the fashion designer to reminisce his formidable years as an adolescent in Italy. Though now the creative director for the iconic fashion house GIVENCHY, the athlete in Tisci knew exactly how to tackle the challenge of merging two very different elements - sportswear functionality and high fashion details - into one. And the results are quite apparent, with all four models featuring premium smooth leather upper, luxurious tumbled leather Swoosh and Grosgrain web binding as reference to the AF1’s history. Details such as the additions of heat-pressed TPU no-sew tongues and heel panels in synthetic suede, along with screen printed foxing stripes and sockliner’s debossed gold logos, the Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Collection is a grand testament on how luxury sportswear should be.
Available as the Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Lo, the Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Mid, the Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Hi and finally the Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Boot, the Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Collection in White will be available later today at Nike 151 Wooster, Nike Sportswear 21 Mercer, DOVER STREET MARKET New York, DOVER STREET MARKET London and DOVER STREET MARKET Ginza. The collection will also be available via 1948 London, Nike Stadium Milan, X158 Shanghai and select retailers worldwide. In the meantime, the Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Collection in Black later this year in May.
Release Date: March 21. 2014 (Today!)
Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Lo reimagines the shoe that changed basketball footwear forever — a bestselling masterpiece that shocked audiences on its 1982 introduction with its pivot-point outsole, full-length Nike Air engineered for the court, and unique shape. Released in thousands of colorways, the crisp look of the Air Force 1 at its finest is celebrated here with a difference — familiarity subverted in reverential but rebellious style.
Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Mid is based on the 1990s remix of a classic, bisecting the upper with colors and patterns. Strips that run beyond the supportive jacquard woven ankle strap complement new blocking.
Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Hi takes the shoe that defined street culture and sport to a higher level. Exaggerating the height of the original Nike-Air basketball design, this is one of two new iterations of Force created by Tisci especially for this collection. Tribal looks clash with timeless technology as mask-like applications on the heel meet original design features, bringing new attention to a shoe that started life as a shock to the system.
Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Boot is the most escalated expression of athletic looks in this collection. The Air Force 1 defined height when it debuted. Now that sense of support and fit is extended by using new manufacturing processes that take the shoe to knee height. An inner boot sits within a classic Force silhouette for unexpected elegance. That extension gives the Air Force 1 Boot new terrain for patterns, from the colored lines on the towering tongue to the swooping strips above the ankle. This is a new, taller form that capitalizes on contrast but still remains recognizable as an old favorite.
Additional Images via: Nick Carvell
Nike 151 Wooster 151 Wooster Street | Map New York, NY 10012
Nike 21 Mercer 21 Mercer Street | Map New York, NY 10012
DOVER STREET MARKET New York 160 Lexington Avenue | Map (Corner of East 30th Street) New York, NY 10016
DOVER STREET MARKET Ginza Ginza Komatsu West Wing 6-9-5 Ginza | Map Chuo-ku, Tokyo Japan
DOVER STREET MARKET 17-18 Dover Street | Map London W1S 4LT England
1948 London Arches 477-478 | Map Bateman's Row London EC2A 3LQ United Kingdom
Nike Stadium Milano Via Lanza 1 | Map 20121 Milan, Italy
X158 Nike Shanghai No.158 Xinle Lu | Map Xu Hui Qu, Shanghai, China