For years, COMME des GARÇONS has dipped into Nike’s storied catalog, strategically pulling out archival gems to creatively inflect. In June of last year, CDG’s menswear line, HOMME PLUS, revealed a collaborative silhouette with Nike to pair alongside its signature wares. This time around, the luxury label chose to rework the highly-popular Air Max 95. A quick look back at the show echoes Rei Kawakubo’s eccentric design language, which includes a provocative account of gender ambiguity. In relation to the aforementioned shoe, both male and female models hit the catwalk sporting every tonal variant in an accentuating manner to the collection’s overall theme.
Offered in a trio of colorways, including “Triple Black, “Triple White” and Black/White/Grey, each calls attention to the raw hem finish working its way along the side panel areas. Forged from additional cuts of foam and fabric, the unfinished trim cleverly plays into Nike’s anatomy-inspired silhouette. Contextually speaking, the progressive layers found on the AM95 are meant to mimic the internal components of the human body—ribs, vertebrae, muscles, and skin—which COMME des GARÇONS playful highlighted through its deconstructed makeover.
All three models will be available for purchase on January 18 and can be found at participating Nike and COMME des GARÇONS stockists. Speaking of CDG, the luxury label constructed a varsity jacket in tandem with Stüssy.