London based menswear designer Martine Rose dives into her first Nike collaboration with the same sense of experimentalism and the cultural mash-up aesthetic that has won her eponymous label and her work for cult favorite brands like Napapijri widespread, international acclaim.
While the decades long, ever-evolving, youth culture obsession with sportswear has proven a rich, natural resource for fashion, Martine Rose has declared that she is uninterested in fashion, preferring instead to focus on “how people interact with clothes.” The notion of sportswear as culturally transcendent and universally malleable, and the sense of clothing as a projection of an individual’s self identity and aspirations are translated in Rose’s first Nike collection as distorted proportion.
Tracksuits and jerseys, staples of the classic, football casual inspired aesthetic of English sportswear are informed by the physical stature of professional basketball players, and how a regular person would wear clothing suited to what Rose calls superhuman proportions. The average person would have to physically adjust the garments in order to wear them, an idea translated for the resulting pieces in details like tucked seams, pleats formed from excess material, and elongated neck ribs.
The collection’s footwear component features three colorway variations on a true icon of everyday style, far removed from high fashion pretensions, the Air Monarch. The ultra-chunky cushioning of the Air Monarch is presented in extraordinary form, as a size 18 upper has been fitted to size 9 tooling, allowing the upper to spill over the base in some parts, and a heel that extends further than the shoe’s sole.
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Nike x Martine Rose M NRG K Track Pant
Model measurements are 6'1, 150lbs. Model is wearing a size M.
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