Olivier Rousteing x Nike Lab

Monday, May 23, 2016

Balmain's creative director Oliver Rousteing collaborates with NikeLab to create an athletic line that will release June 2, 2016. This is not his first collaboration, in November 2015 he joined forces with H&M releasing clothes and accessories that had athletic aesthetics and inspiration. That collection sold out in minutes, even I tried to grab a piece or two and FAILED. The Parisian designer does best when it comes to embroidered dresses and the embellishments are perfect. Wondering what he will create with NikeLab can keep the mind wondering.

NikeLab is a lab that deals with creating new footwear and clothes for athletic endeavors like track and field, golf, and basketball. The lab consists of equipment that includes mannequins constructed of copper, motion capture rooms, environmental chambers, and much more. The lab's facilities are also known as the Kitchen and the Oven. That was just a quick spill of NikeLab for the curious ones.

"Fashion is usually about the catwalk and the glamour, but with Nike it was about performance and the athletes. What I love about this collection is that we are integrating the iconic style of football into sport style.” -- Olivier Rousteing

Football Nouveau is the name of the collaboration, but this will be an ongoing collaborative series that will have upcoming designers including Louis Vuitton's Kim Jones and Undercover's Jun Takahashi. The clothes will consist of sweatpants, shirts, and one particularly Balmain mixed Swoosh jacket called the NikeLab N98. "Black is timeless, and gold is for victory." - OR 

Try working out in this fusion of high design and athletic appeal filled with black&gold spandex as a sweatsuit. OR's collection will feature four different sneakers you can pair up with any sport look in your wardrobe or with some chinos and a blazer on the weekend.You definitely will be at ease on the treadmill featuring OR x NikeLab,

All photography courtesy of Nike News

See the making of it all here.

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