Riccardo Tisci, creative director at Givenchy is at it again with his second collaboration with Nike. His first outing with the brand saw Tisci interpretation of the famed Air Force 1 in 2014 but this time the designer who’s known to hold his own on the court and owns over 1000 pairs of sneakers is putting his spin on the NikeLab Dunk Lux High with features like an oversize boot silhouette and enlarged swoosh.
Working closely with the NikeLab design team, Tisci reimagined the shoe, exaggerating proportions, such as the extended height, big belly Swoosh and enlarged foxing and eyestay. Additionally, the back tab is upside-down and placed directly above the Riccardo Tisci logo on the heel.
“The Nike Dunk has a fascinating legacy,” Tisci says. “It has been both mainstream and niche, adopted by communities of varying size and influence. But no matter the model, the Dunk has always had a cultural cachet that, as a designer, I’m quite drawn to.”
The design also features a full-grain leather upper for durability, drop-in Lunarlon insole for ultra-soft cushioning and memory foam in the quilted leather collar and tongue for a secure and comfortable fit – all signature sport-style innovations of the NikeLab Dunk Lux.
“The shoe not only needed to convey Riccardo’s creative interpretation of it, but it also needed to perform,” says Nate Jobe, Senior Design Director of NikeLab Footwear Innovation. “Through close collaboration we were able to put a new spin on a Nike icon, while still delivering the function needed for all-day wear.”
The NikeLab Dunk Lux High x RT collaboration will be available on February 11, exclusively in North America at NikeLab retailers and on nike.com/nikelab.