The world's undying love for fresh designer and streetwear collaborations is no secret. We need only look at the unrivalled hype of the limited-edition Dior Air Jordan 1 High OG for confirmation. The marriage of sophisticated luxury design with street-style sensibility is covetable enough to inspire an internet meltdown and the latest collaboration from French fashion house Maison Margiela and athleisure brand Reebok is on its way to doing just that.
A year on from their first creative project, which saw Reebok's classic running shoe, the InstaPump Fury, receive the Margiela Tabi-toe treatment, the duo have announced the launch of the Classic Leather Tabi in bianchetto. Drawing on signature motifs, embellishments and design cues that have evolved from both creative director John Galliano and from one of sportswear brand’s most recognisable designs, the Classic Leather Tabi unites innovation with nostalgia.
Fashion meets functionality in the form of a contemporary design with a timeless appeal. Splicing two icons into one, Maison Margiela's instantly recognisable split-toe construction – and the signature footprint it creates – represents the deconstructive design philosophy key to the house, and echoes its themes of reality vs. illusion. Contrastingly, Reebok's formidable running shoe has become a staple in the casual wardrobe and remains one of Reebok’s most respected designs.
For the reincarnation, the Classic Leather was entirely rebuilt to accommodate the Tabi split-toe; created in nappa leather with an EVA sole. The shoe is made in hand-painted white coating on a black leather base – the signature ‘Bianchetto’ technique of Maison Margiela, which purposely chips with wear.
With both the Tabi and Classic Leather brainchild's of the 80s, this collaboration is a fitting celebration of two era-defying silhouettes that remain intrinsic to each brand's lasting identity. Reebok and Maison Margiela's upcoming drop will be on Reebok.com.au on the 30th of January, and will retail at $500 AUD.