The capsule collection comprised of apparel and footwear inspired by the floral wallpaper of hotel that conjured both memories of childhood basketball excursions and Fashion Week business trips it is Emanuel’s second collaborative capsule collection with the German sportswear brand.
For SS19, the New York-based designer reflects on his journey from the world of basketball to the world of fashion.
The footwear offering features two updates of the iconic adidas basketball hi-top, in the form of a new Rivalry Hi OG and a Resto Mod. The former features the SS19 floral pattern in full effect: it covers the entirety of the premium leather uppers, accompanied by softly contrasting off-white laces and three-stripes. The reverse of the wings and stitching, as well as the two brand logos, all feature in a dusky, raw pink color. The thick sole is pared back to shades of white, save for the flashes of pink that appear on the underside tread. Meanwhile, the Resto Mod takes an altogether more subtle approach to the floral motif. Here, it appears only on the semi-transparent TPU heel panel, heel pull and tongue label. The remainder of the uppers are rendered in a sandy ‘linen’ shade, with black accents around the three-stripes and in the form of the laces. The midsole features BOOST technology to bring the otherwise retro-inspired style into 2019, while the text reading ‘The Brand With The Three Stripes’ alludes to current trends that place branding firmly front and center. The final footwear style takes the shape of the courtside staple Adilette , a staple pair of slides that is here delivered with an eye-catching, all over floral print.
The apparel side uses the collection’s sandy shade of beige as the base and starting point for track pants, basketball shorts and mock neck long-sleeved top. Each is brought to life through the use of floral paneling and rose-colored accenting. The mock neck features pink co-branding on the chest and a pink band around the neck, echoing the styling of a headband that also appears in the collection. Perhaps most striking however are the anorak and specially-created hoodie, which also both feature the floral motif and encapsulate Emanuel’s desire to “take wallpaper patterns and impose them onto ‘sport’ silhouettes.”
Retailing between $20 – $180, the adidas Originals by Eric Emanuel collection will be available for purchase on www.ericemanuel.com on April 25th and via www.adidas.com and specialty retailers beginning April 27th.