sacai (Japan) x NikeLab Dunk Lux High

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NikeLab x sacai (Japan) 2015 Spring launch event at X158 in Shanghai

Chitose Abe’s label sacai (Japan) collaborates with Nike for 2015 Spring Collection

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Nike to collaborate with Commes des Garçon pattern cutter Chitose Abe’s innovative label Sacai

Nike has unveiled its plans to release a womenswear collection in collaboration with Sacai, the innovative Japanese label helmed by former Commes des Garçon pattern cutter Chitose Abe. Constantly reinventing her signature runway looks with exciting textures and material, Abe has garnered an impressive fanbase within the fashion industry, including the beloved Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld.

The Japanese designer will now lend her dynamic designs to Nike Sportswear, crafting an eight-piece collection with inspiration from the sportwear giant’s extensive history. “Our excitement to work with Chitose was really born from her unique understanding of form and silhouette. Many of her collections have inspired the design team at Nike, through her elegant and graceful application of materials” said Kurt Parker, vice president and creative director of Nike Sportswear.

For more information on this collaboration, visit Business of Fashion.

Sacai (Japan) Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

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In our opinion, Japanese brand Sacai has been for several seasons now one of the most interesting brands to come out of Japan and thankfully to also get some attention outside of the country, which is unfortunately not the case with most Japanese lines. The brand’s designer Chitose Abe is known for her unique use of fabrics, innovative materials and especially for the innovative combination of different materials. That continues to be the case in the Sacai Spring/Summer 2015 collection.

 
The general outdoor theme of the brand is also still apparent. Perfectly in time for the current sandal trend, Sacai presents a gladiator sandal, very much looking like a Birkenstock collaboration. From solid colors, beautiful custom check patterns, to camouflage and other more attention seeking colors, the range includes it all. Layering is still the expertise of Abe and certainly the most interesting way to wear the brand, as seen in the above styled looks from the brand’s Paris presentation.

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sacai (Japan) 2015 Spring/Summer Collection

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Sacai Man’s recent runway unveiling of the Spring/Summer 2015 collection presented yet another well-conceived range of versatile fashion. Featuring a more technical approach as is the norm in recent times, the Chitose Abe-designed collection featured a number of juxtaposed fits ranging from tailored apparel to baggy shirts.
Colors, while generally subdued did also incorporate some hits of vibrancy as well as patterns to conclude with a highly wearable and desirable range for the season.
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