The limited-edition NikeLab x RT: Training Redefined collection is inspired by athletes training for the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August. The collection will be split into two capsules, the first of which features black and white graphic designs. The second will release next month and includes floral and kaleidoscope prints.
“It was interesting — a little bit of a difficult process because to make something that is very dynamic, to do sport and to do activity, and make it strongly recognizable — a fashion statement — is not easy,” Tisci said. “But we achieved something that’s amazing. There’s a lot of sensuality.”
The first drop includes two sneakers: the Free Train Force Flyknit in all-black for men and the Free Transform Flyknit in all-white for women. On the Free Train Force Flyknit, the Nike Free outsole expands and contracts with the foot on landing and combines with Nike’s Flyknit technology for a second-skin fit. The Free Transform Flyknit has a sock-like upper and Flywire cables that hug the foot and also expand and contract on foot strike.
NikeLab Senior Design Director Jarrett Reynolds explained that the brand has a unique dynamic with Tisci, who has designed several collections for the athletic brand.
“This collection represents an entirely new way of thinking for Riccardo,” said Reynolds. “It is engineered for performance, which is unfamiliar territory for him. But that’s the beauty of collaboration — we can help bring Riccardo into the world of sport performance, which is our expertise. On the other hand, Riccardo’s vision pushed our design to a place we wouldn’t have arrived at on our own.”
The first part of the collection is available at select NikeLab locations and online.