Sacai designer Chitose Abe, formerly of Comme des Garçons, already has a loyal following, thanks to her talent for reinventing classic pieces — like unexpectedly layered lace dresses and bomber-jacket mashups so bizarre they're beautiful. She's sticking with the same strategy this time around. Taking cues from the Nike archives, her eight-piece collection includes revamps of brand signatures, like a skirt that’s inspired by the heritage Windrunner jacket, or a hooded sweatshirt topped off with peplum detail.
Air Max and Dunks sneakers score a second life, too, in the form of slip-ons with a wedge. As Nike president Trevor Edwards told BoF, “One of the things that we recognize, certainly in the women’s business, is that there is no performance without style,” and Sacai delivers it in a way that's more wonderfully weird than your typical designer athletic line. As Nike and Sacai's full-skirted bottoms and tees trimmed with lace mesh show, the athleisure trend is not exclusively about casual comfort or working out — it can be elegant and edgy, as well. The full collection arrives March 19. (Business of Fashion)
NikeLab x sacai Collection. The collection romanticizes two different weights of Nike Tech Fleece, which has been reimagined into five signature sacai styles. Additionally, new fabric innovations include a new mesh lace hem and the addition of Abe’s signature plissé paneling. Coming soon to select #NikeLab destinations worldwide.