Air Force 1s making a comeback? Givenchy designer/creative director and Kimye BFF Riccardo Tisci is doing his part to make sure that happens with his upcoming collaboration with Nike. The line will be called Nike RT (RT for Riccardo Tisci) with a launch date of March 1st. The initial launch will feature the kicks in a white colorway and a black version will follow on April 1st.
Vogue spoke with Tisci about the collaboration for their February 2014 issue which is on stands now. A preview from the mag shows Joan Smalls (obsessed with her!) draped over Riccardo’s shoulders showcasing what we can expect from the collection. I love how creative the shot is and love the hair & makeup on Joan. Can we say beat?
“The shoe is universal yet somehow very personal,” said Tisci. “I travel all over the world, and I see people wearing the Air Force 1, and they wear it in so many different ways. And so I was thinking, what is the essence of the Air Force 1? And how do I take that essence and make my own statement? For me the Air Force 1 is not about gender, it’s not about a particular city, nor is it about a certain style. The community decides. It’s democratic. It’s love.”
Luckily for AF1 aficionados, Vogue describes the collection as staying “true to the cool urban roots of the original”. I’m loving the revamp of this classic that was so hot in the early 2000’s. Maybe we can get Nelly and Paul Wall to do a remix? Actually considering snapping up a pair of these high-fashion Air Force 1s. Hopefully the sneakerheads will be out in full force to support this collab.