Adidas Originals by Alexander Wang Drop 4
- November 23, 2018
This Fall, adidas Originals and alexander wang continue their reinvention of sports apparel and footwear with Season 4, dropping on November 14 at select retailers, Alexander Wang flagship locations, as well as adidas.com & alexanderwang.com.
This season, inspiration comes from recontextualizing, repurposing and elevating ideas and materials to transform them into a completely new collection.
For Wang, this means editing the most essential garments, graphics, and fabrics from past seasons of the collaboration and fusing them with iconic fragments from the adidas’ archive, some of which use a unique "photocopy" process-like a two-dimensional collage. Imperfect, off-kilter, and slightly disjointed, each piece bears Wang's subversive signature style.
The collection is defined by three stories: photocopy, disjoin, and AW essentials, each one featuring its own distinct take on track tops, track pants, shorts, tees, and dresses. The photocopy range melds Wang signatures with iconic adidas football jerseys. The disjoin series combines rich velour with jersey and nylon while playing with the adidas logo and branding. Finally, the AW essentials feature fundamental silhouettes created with mixed materials and referencing sports through iconic retro cut lines.
Track tops, dresses, shorts, puffers, and crop tops feature naive seaming, contrasting inserts, spliced logos, upside-down brand flags, and other "wrong" details. These flaws are designed by Wang to connect the disparate eras - the before and the after, the past and the present. The collection is a commentary on the ephemeral nature of fashion and the ability to transcend time through use of technology.
In footwear, the AW Skate Super revisits a tooling from Season 1, now combined with an Adidas Superstar upper and trimmed with thick, 1980s-style laces. Its shell toe is turned inside-out to show its bar code. The chunky, ‘70s-inspired Turnout Trainer is released in a new colorway while the AW Bball returns in a sleek, all-white style.
The AW Puff Trainer pairs a multi-sport-inspired tooling with quilted uppers designed to resemble a puffer jacket. Finally, the AW Futureshell - first glimpsed on the alexander wang Collection 1 runway - merges "00s-era basketball materials with a ‘90s-style silhouette. The shoe is defined by its distinct shiny, one - piece molded upper.