Known for distorting and giving fresh perspective to Nike's most iconic silhouettes, Virgil Abloh's latest collaborative work with Nike takes inspiration from a more human icon: the Athlete.
Abloh's most recent Off-White runway show in Paris featured track and field athletes Dina Asher Smith, Vashti Cunningham, Cecilia Yeung, English Gardner, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Nafi Thaim, Caterine Ibarguen and Rénelle Lamote. Each of these women reflect the inherent energy of sport — an undeniable swagger — that fosters fashion's embrace of sportswear.
“Sport, like fashion, shares a common language that seeks to unite cultures, break down barriers and celebrate the power of the human spirit,” says Abloh. “This season, I was inspired by the voice of the athlete and the power of sport to impact positive and transformative change globally.”
Nike footwear featured on the runway includes the Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite Flyprint, Nike Zoom Fly SP "The Ten," Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit and two conceptual designs based on the Zoom Fly and Waffle Racer silhouettes respectively.
The Off-White collection underscores a mutual commitment shared by Nike and Abloh to champion athletes everywhere.