When Nike Lab approached Balmain's Olivier Rousteing with an invitation to collaborate, Rousteing went, in turn, to footballer Cristiano Ronaldo for both inspiration and advice. As Dazed exclusively reported, "the collection will combine the silhouette from the reinterpretation of the Nike Football Icon signatures: N98 track jacket and 4 silos football boot with those borrowed from contemporary style, blurring the lines between the two worlds." We got a first look at the collection over a week ago, but now the real thing is online at Nike, available for purchase. The aesthetic of both the clothes and the shoes is very Balmain—gilded, over-the-top, and painted in a mainly black and gold palette.
June 02, 2016