Adidas launches latest Wales Bonner collab
Adidas Originals has launched its new collaboration collection with British designer label Wales Bonner. The SS21 offer was previewed during Men’s Paris Fashion Week in September 2020, and builds on Grace Wales Bonner’s “exploration of the diasporic connections between Britain and the Caribbean”.
The AW20 collection had reflected the British-Jamaican community in London in the 1970s. But this time, they’ve jumped ahead a decade and are exploring the early 1980s origination of dancehall music in Jamaica.
There’s a bigger focus on tailoring “as the designer evokes British morning dress, romanticised with magical, found buttons”. But the 70s aren't completely forgotten as there are also reimagined 70s era pieces including shorts, T-shirts, and tracksuits “that have been elevated with vintage cut lines, rich ribs, mesh, and check prints”.
The collection also includes updates to the Adidas Samba and Nizza silhouettes. “Chosen for its rich footballing heritage”, the two-colourway WB Samba sneaker has a full leather upper with a suede toe cap and heel tab as well contrast topstitching details, satin lining, leather stripes, co-branded details throughout, and supplementary crochet laces.
The WB Nizza Lo has a canvas upper with thick topstitching details and enamel eyelets, as well as a vulcanised outsole. It’s capped with co-branded details throughout and is available in three colourways.
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