NikeLab x Sacai: Nike’s coolest fashion collection yet?

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Wearing a jacket as a skirt may not be to everyone’s taste, but when it’s designed by Japanese brand Sacai especially for Nike then my hand is well and truly in the air.

The specific skirt in question? A sleek, snap-front style inspired by Nike’s iconic windbreakers with a surprising mesh underlay.

Can’t get a visual? Then watch the campaign video starring Chanel favourite, model Binx Walton who shows off how the designs come alive when the body is in motion.

It’s a concept that’s at the core of the collection, with feminine pleats blooming from the back of Windrunner jackets, hooded sweatshirts with peplums, sweater dresses with fluid, cape-like detailing and tops that are sleek at the front but all party in the back.

And because Nike would never let fabric be sacrificed for style, there’s all manner of tech-blend fleece on sweatpants, bonded zippers without any stitching, and the brand’s classic ripstop fabric which has been pleated for the first time.

Even the mesh and lace t-shirt trims have been specially developed by Nike and Sacai designer Chitose Abe who says her own designers are influenced by utility, performance and sportswear. Reimagining Nike’s running, tennis and American football heritage with her own playful femininity, the paint box is navy and white with flashes of neon.

It’s the latest (and dare I say coolest?) collab from the sportswear behemoth which is taking it’s NikeLab fashion collections very seriously of late, recruiting some star fashion talent, many of them lesser-known designers.

Like most things, Nike x Sacai can of course be pared back with other classic gear but to be honest, I want the entire eight-piece collection. Including those laces-free white Dunk Lux for slipping into something a little more comfortable.

Preview of Nike x Sacai collection

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Carli Philips
Carli is currently the Melbourne contributing editor of luxury interiors and design magazine, Belle. Her editorial work has been published in Elle, Grazia, Harpers Bazaar, Vogue Living, Inside Out, Nylon, Russh, Virgin Voyeur in-flight, Sunday Style, The Age, Business of Fashion, L’Officiel, Wish Magazine and The Australian for which she contributes to the fashion pages. An avid traveller with a keen eye for design and fashion, Carli has been a contributor to global trend forecasting agency WGSN and a consultant on various specialty projects. She’s also keenly interested in health and fitness with activewear being her usual attire.