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Opposites attract in Converse x JW Anderson

December 13, 2017

Fashion | by Thomas Falkenstedt


Converse and JW Anderson exist at opposite ends of the fashion spectrum. The space between JW Anderson’s forward-thinking design pushing high fashion’s boundaries, and the iconic, made-for-everyone sneaker create the driving force behind this collaboration. Together, the brands celebrate the collaboration through the lens of youth culture pioneer, Larry Clark. The creative effort explores the provocative, daring space of opposing ideas and complementary ideals.

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The first drop from the highly anticipated Converse x JW Anderson collaboration, Glitter_Gutter, hits stores on December 14. The unisex collection intentionally dances across the lines of what’s traditionally considered masculine and feminine through bold colours, glam glitter and elevated details across classic Converse styles.

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To create this tension, where past and future meet, Anderson brought pop art contrast, vintage-inspired details and unexpected materials – along with his personal love for Converse – to the collection’s three attention-getting silhouettes. Here’s what he had to say about his approach to each icon: “Glitter_Gutter stemmed from the idea of breaking iconic silhouettes with something unexpected. Taking the glitter out of context and wearing it with a pair of washed chinos, for example.”

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As a key piece of Anderson’s personal look, it was only fitting that the Chuck ’70 became the core silhouette in JW Anderson’s Glitter_Gutter. The deliberate nuance and refined features of the Chuck ’70 allowed for designs that are at once feminine and masculine. “I wanted to make sure the shoe felt modern, but underline its timeless features,” added Anderson.

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Anderson jumped at the chance to remaster this heritage running sneaker for the streets. The blocked body was the perfect place to playfully experiment with unique colour combinations and proportions.

“We wanted to work on a product that could still read as a low Chuck ’70, but work on the details. A vintage ballerina that inspired it was actually more of a sport slipper in mesh. I liked the functionality and lightness of that shoe, and we decided to adapt some details to reinterpret the icon.” – on designing the Chuck ’70 U-Throat Ballet. For the first time, Converse introduces a Chuck ‘70 remix with a U-throat ballet low top. One of the most daring pieces in the collection, the classic low top sneaker silhouette meets vintage ballet slipper detailing for a totally fresh take on the Chuck.

Available from 14th December from the JW Anderson website, Converse online, JWA Workshop, Selfridges, Dover Street Market and MatchesFashion.com

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