Riccardo Tisci supported skirt for Nike
Riccardo Tisci was "adamant" about creating a long sports skirt for Nike.
The Italian designer has teamed up with the sports giant for a line of athletic apparel, NikeLab x RT: Training Redefined. There are 30 pieces on offer, including a long skirt, which NikeLab’s senior design director Jarrett Reynolds was initially sceptical about.
“We were like, ‘Uh, no, Riccardo, we can’t do this; it’s a training collection,’” Jarrett told Wall Street Journal. “But he was adamant.”
“When my sisters go to run, they put a jumper around their waists because they don’t want to show off that part of their body,” Riccardo, who has eight older female siblings, added. “So the point of the skirt was to wear it to work out, and then you can take it off or leave it on.”
This isn't the first time the Givenchy designer has collaborated with Nike; in 2014 he was tasked with refreshing the brand's Air Force 1 sneaker. Four new styles became available, including a white pair with graphic stripes, and customers queued for hours to get their hands on the footwear.
"We thought it was going to be a success, but we didn’t expect such a big success,” Riccardo grinned.
This was followed by a limited-edition run of Nike's the Dunk Lux High and the clothing range quickly followed. It required Riccardo to think outside the box and abandon his usual approach to design as he crafted items using Nike's Dri-FIT material.
“I wanted to do a collection that was for playing sports, but I also wanted to create garments you can mix with fashion," he explained. “In the beginning I was, like, Oh, my God. Designing something that is superdynamic, light and easy to wear is sometimes difficult for a fashion mind. Usually I dream the shape and then I do the fabrics. (This time) I learned about the fabrics, the technology, the weight, the movement, and then I started working on my design.”
The chic collection launches in July (16).