Once again Nike have collaborated with Liberty London on a collection of extremely stylish trainers. The brands first collaborated a few years ago now, with Liberty-print Nike Dunks in 2008 and Nike Blazers in 2009, followed by the biggest collection yet last April.
This season the duo have created an even greater variety of designs with new shapes, styles and, as always, a striking print to covet. The collection has been released in two instalments, both online and in store, so there are twice as many opportunities to get your hands on a pair of the highly sought-after trainers! The first batch launched at the start of the month, consisting of more traditionally “trainer-like” sport-orientated styles available in a variety of colours.
Today saw the second drop of the collection, which seemed to me the more “high fashion” offerings. Thanks to Isabel Marant’s cult design, trainers with a concealed wedge are a massive trend; Nike x Liberty are channelling this trend with their Red Liberty Print Dunk Sky Hi Sport trainers. As I said last week in my A-Z of Spring/ Summer 2012 trends, prints are big news this season: the eye-catching print combined with the secret platform heel ticks two trends in one (and at £95 they are a fraction of the price of a pair of Isabel Marants).
If you want a less trend-driven but still fashionable pair then both the Yellow Liberty Print Blazer trainers and Imperial Purple Liberty Print Hyperclave High Top trainers make a real statement and are a touch cheaper at £75.*
The entire collection features Liberty’s Lagos Laurel print; the design is a 20th Century take on traditional paisley, which first appeared in Liberty’s collections in the 1940s. As well as being revisited in the ’90s, the print was updated for S/S ’12 with the timely addition of the Olypmic laurel. Paisley has seen a revival this season, with J. W. Anderson and Stella McCartney among the designers who made use of the print in their S/S ’12 offerings. The Nike x Liberty collection taps into the trend and makes the print modern and fresh with graphic use of pattern and bright primary colours.
Image credit – Liberty London
*I just typed “£5” there. I wish they were £5 and they would be on my feet RIGHT NOW! The woes of a soon-to-be graduate…