Inspiration for the Nike Louis Vuitton Air Force 1 came from a classic hip hop album cover
As part of Virgil Abloh’s seventh collection as Louis Vuitton’s artistic director of menswear, the French luxury brand revealed Thursday, June 24 during Paris Fashion Week that it had partnered with Nike on new versions of its iconic Air Force 1 sneakers.
The shoes are inspired by hip hop, according to the brand’s ratings by WWD. Specifically, the design of the sneaker is taken from the album cover for It takes two by Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock. The image shows EZ Rock wearing a custom Nike Air Force 1 basketball trainer with a Louis Vuitton swoosh.
“The cover epitomized the initial practice of the hip hop community of combining high fashion and sportswear, sidelining divergent brands with equal respect. A cultural symbol in its own right, the Nike Air Force 1 is today an iconic art object of a self-generated subcultural provenance, ”Louis Vuitton wrote in his collection notes.
The Louis Vuitton Air Force 1 will be released in 21 colors. They debuted in Paris on Thursday for Abloh’s Spring / Summer 2022 men’s collection. To present the collection, Abloh created the film Amen Pause, which stars GZA, Goldie, Saul Williams, Issa Perica, Caleb, JIM JOE, Kandis Williams, Thelma Buabeng, Octavia Burgel, Lupe Fiasco, Damian Eugene Nagisa Williams and others.
“I always work in opposite poles and I am always in dialogue with the formality of Louis Vuitton and the modernity of today’s youth culture – almost like a generation rediscovering luxury, and I follow it”, a said Abloh. WWD.
“We have straight A-line skirts. It’s liberating in 2021… The next fashion is not in fashion. It’s in the people, it’s in the atmosphere, it’s in the street, it’s in the socio-political, ”he continued. “Decision, gender, diversity, these are not even hot topics. This is the first line. It is already established. Now he is developing men’s fashion by showing the freedom that can be.
Regarding the Air Force 1, Louis Vuitton has not communicated a release date. Nonetheless, the collaboration marks another accomplishment for Abloh, who began their official partnership with Nike by reinventing 10 sneaker styles for their initial “The Ten” project in 2017.
Check out the images of the Louis Vuitton Air Force 1 below: