Japanese sportswear label, Onitsuka Tiger previously kicked off the celebration of its 70th anniversary—also known as the platinum anniversary for those who prefer their pronouncements a tad fancier—with the unveiling of Japanese fashion label, CINOH as a first in a line-up of seven different planned collaborations. For the next stage of their festivities, Onitsuka Tiger tapped subversive Japanese streetwear label, Christian Dada, to interpret their iconic footwear.
Working with the theme of products that celebrate the zeitgeist of teen spirit, Masanori Morikawa, the creative director of Christian Dada puts a luxurious all-black twist on Onitsuka Tiger's Rebilac Runner. Reimagined in black leather and mesh, the sneaker also sees a unique lace detailing on the collar—a nod to Morikawa's ethos of Dadaism—as a design representation of a crawling serpent.
The capsule collection is rounded off with a tailored suit number that comes in three different colourways—Christian Dada signature black, burgundy and dark green. The suit is a play on the idea of the sporty tracksuit; instead of a literal presentation of the idea, Morikawa gives the suit an athletic twist, cutting it looser and rending it with a softer fabric, lending it a languid silhouette. The suit is one that you can actually move in.
There is also a rubber patch with a statement that embodies the philosophy of Dadaism sewed onto both the jacket and trousers. While the collection has taken a lifestyle slant, the brilliance of this collaboration sees Morikawa infusing sporty-codes of Onitsuka Tiger in his own distinctive design manifesto.
The Onitsuka Tiger x Christian Dada shoes retail for SGD180, and the jacket and pants at SGD489 and SGD269 respectively. They are only available at Onitsuka Tiger Ngee Ann City and Jewel Changi Airport.