Nike X Liberty Lust

Slow and steady may win the race but you need to be quick off the mark to get your hands on this years Nike X Liberty collaboration. After two previous sell out collections, Nike X Liberty return with an equally enviable array of sneakers, combining iconic Nike shapes, cut from vintage print Liberty fabrics -in 12 limited edition variants.

Following the announcement much media hype anticipated the 1st April release, as well as the backlash with calls of “chintzy!” Largely however an eager audience followed Liberty’s twitter and blog for news of each individual trainers availability. The 2009 collaboration sold out in under an hour, demand proved similar this time round.

I received with relish both the Kara’s Tree Print and Tatum Print Low Blazers. I love the delicate and whimsical Kara’s Tree print inspired by a Liberty archive piece. It’s subtle rainbow colours and pointillist style depict a tornado blown landscape complete with story book fence and pebbled path. The Tatum print has been the most hyped after design from the collection, the bold colour-way and floral pattern appeals to the nostalgia in me. Although Tatum was created in the 1930s I can’t help thinking of the sun bleached floral print plimsolls I’d wear out all summer as a child in the 1980s.

In keeping with the sentimental vibe, children’s illustrator Brian Wildsmith lends his celebrated style to the Tom’s Jet Print High Skinny Premium Dunks, Wildsmith’s relationship with Liberty dates back to the 1950s when his abstract designs first featured in menswear. Here Wildsmith’s graphic pattern featuring fighter planes, combines with classic Nike Dunks for Tom boy appeal.

The distinctly retro Umbel print is a bolder graphic floral print, featuring dandelion like flowers -reminiscent of Orla Kiely. The Umbel Print A Blazer Mid Dunk is the last remaining design from the collection to be released, if it’s your style look to Liberty for details of it’s sale.

Karas Trees Print Blazer Mid Dunks GBP 72.00

Kara’s Tree Low Blazer (detail) GBP 68.00Kara’s Tree High Skinny Premium Dunks GBP 78.00

Kara’s Tree Liberty PrintTatum Print Blazer Mid Dunks GBP 72.00

Tatum Print Low Blazer GBP 68.00

Tatum Liberty PrintUmbel Print A Blazer Mid Dunk GBP 72.00Umbel Print A High Skinny Premium Dunks GBP 78.00Tom’s Jet High Skinny Premium Dunk GBP 78.00

Tom’s Jet Liberty PrintUmbel Print D Air Force 1 Premium GBP 78.00Umbel Print D High Skinny Premium Dunk GBP 78.00

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