All innovative in their approach to apparel, Koché, Feng Chen Wang and Faith Connexion have partnered with Converse on a new collaborative concept for women.
The three rising designers worked separately to funnel the brand's history through two distinct filters: sport and utility. Each designer applied their respective aesthetic and expertise to a mix of Converse's archetypal garments and catalog of footwear, producing a capsule that stands on its own. And for the first time, the pieces are also intended to be mixed and matched with the other two capsules, essentially forming a multi-designer-collaborated collection.
This new concept extends a tradition of Converse product being framed not just by original purpose but by how it is received, adopted and transformed by subcultures around the world.
Helmed by Christelle Kocher, Koché balances a streetwear sensibility with unparalleled couture know-how. With Converse, Kocher's proficiency in patchwork construction gives classic sport silhouettes — like the polo shirt, track jacket and track pant — a distinctly feminine edge. Kocher's apparel pieces are complimented by a three shoes: a Rina, Mary Jane and Jack Purcell
Feng Chen Wang
Chinese-born, London-based menswear Feng Chen Wang's first foray into womenswear comes via a sharp blend of basketball and streetstyle. Extrapolating from the rough-and-tumble ERX 260 and the iconic Chuck 70, she plays off a multi-decade hoops history through explorations of the track suit, windbreaker and hoodie.
Based in Paris, Faith Connexion serves as a laboratory for young talent. The collective engages with Converse's unique camouflage prints — referencing the brand's outdoor and military heritage — creating a balance of elegant silhouettes and street-inspired graphics. New takes on the Run Star, One Star Mid and One Star Ox complete Faith Connexion's work.