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Hu Holi Blank Canvas Collection by Pharrell Williams Hits South Africa

adidas Originals by Pharrell Williams — Hu Holi Blank Canvas Collection Spring/Summer 2018

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adidas Originals by Pharrell Williams — Hu Holi Blank Canvas Collection Spring/Summer 2018

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For Spring/Summer 2018, adidas Originals and Pharrell Williams take a trip to northern India to honour the ancient spiritual Holi Festival, a springtime celebration of joy, equality, and humanity.

Here, festival attendees paint their bodies head-to-toe and fling brightly hued powders in the air, hoping for long-lasting colour in their everyday lives. Imagined as a crisp white uniform to be worn for Holi, the Blank Canvas collection serves up four pieces of apparel and footwear that underscore a message of peace and equality.

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The range highlights the playful spirit and soulfulness of the adidas Originals by Pharrell Williams collaboration, now in its fourth year.

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It also represents a continuation of the Hu journey, reflecting Pharrell’s founding vision of energy, colour, and spirituality as a unifying force between people.

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In its starkness, Blank Canvas begs to be covered and coated in Holi’s wildly colored powders—or simply worn in its pristine condition as a monochrome statement of style.

The sleek Hu Blank Canvas Knitted TT is an engineered track top featuring unique material interest in various panels and “patch”-style embroidery declaring the phrase “HU MAN BEING.” For FTW, the iconic Hu NMD goes all-white to create the Hu NMD Blank Canvas, while the simple and versatile Tennis Hu PK Blank Canvas presents a pure take on the everyday trainer.

Completing the footwear offering, the classic Stan Smith Blank Canvas gets cleaned up—here in white Primeknit with a coordinated leather lining.

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These minimalist pieces will serve as a Blank Canvas at the wild and transcendent Holi Festival. Just add color.

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The Hu Holi Blank Canvas pack dropped yesterday and is available at adidas Originals V&A Waterfront and Sandton flagship stores, astore, Shelflife and www.adidas.co.za.


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SAFW Day One – Gallery of The Hottest Action

Here’s a glimpse of the hottest trends, threads, collections and glittering action on the first day of SAFW

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Fashion aesthetes and the South African fashion industry assembled to witness the display of the freshest collections from some of the land’s hottest fashion dab-hands, as well as welcome surprises from new players in the field.

The first day of South African Fashion Week was an explosion of much colour, plenty of experimenting with silhouettes and textiles, and a lot of play on texture. I love the freshness with some of the collections that found a creative way of incorporating the classic ‘African’ aesthetic – playing with traditional patterns – without limiting the scope of what that looks like.

It’s always an exciting time, both on and off the runway.

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adidas Switches up The Nite Jogger

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adidas Originals offers up new iterations of the Nite Jogger model this month, reinterpreting the iconic road running sneaker through another unmissable aesthetic update.

The reflective silhouette returns to stake its claim as an essential for any night time creator, backed with a campaign created by a global network of artists working in their fields of expertise.

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With music by electronic duo Mount Kimbie, British artist and filmmaker Frank Lebon directed the campaign film as a poetic ode to the people and things that thrive in spaces generated by darkness. The campaign demonstrates how night time can act as the perfect backdrop for expression.

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Shining a light on three young creators, the film features New York rapper Wiki, London born poetic singer Obong Jayar, and Cai, a spoken word poet and member of Say it Out Loud Tokyo.

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Illuminating its wearer after dark, the campaign shows how the Nite Jogger silhouette brings together function first technology and forward thinking design, in order to push today’s night time creator firmly to the forefront.

Harnessing the reflective hi-vis technology of its past iteration, the silhouette is engineered for those who know it’s never too late to pursue their vision.

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Accompanying the film are photographs shot on film by London based photographer and multi-media artist Bafic, which oscillate naturally between day and night, demonstrating the unrelenting creative spirit that Nite Jogger shoe seeks to embody.

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Returning this month, the new Nite Jogger sneakers feature lightweight nylon ripstop, soft mesh knit, and suede overlays.

Combined, these materials offer advanced adaptability for the unrelenting grind of 24/7 creativity. Hi-vis reflective details complete the upper, adding a new dimension to the shoe’s name and establishing it as a must have in the arsenal of any creative that thrives at night.

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All of this is then rounded off with a BOOST midsole and durable rubber outsole, resulting in a silhouette that is elevated for comfort and engineered for night time exploration.

The Nite Jogger sneaker is capped off by the message “speed of nite” written in morse code on its outsole and tongue. Offered in a flurry of distinct new colourways, featuring tonal greys, pastel greens, and eye-catching orange hits, the result is a striking expression of the Nite Jogger silhouette’s enduring aesthetic, presented in an exciting new context.

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adidas Consortium Partners With ShelfLife

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Since it first came into being, adidas Consortium has been committed to bringing together partners, retailers and collectives who exemplify a unique, fearless approach to collaboration.

Each new partnership offers up a creative new take on the iconic styles that adidas has developed over the decades. In doing so they shine an entirely new light on the sportswear brand’s high-performance technologies and commitment to craftsmanship.

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The latest adidas Consortium release is a global first that exemplifies the international mindset of the wide-ranging Consortium family.

First launching in 2006, Shelflife are O.G. trailblazers, bringing an utterly distinct, cutting-edge curation of streetwear and sneakers to their South African devotees, via their Johannesburg and Cape Town stores.

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Taking on the formidable heritage of the adidas ZX running shoe series, Shelflife bring their own eye-catching approach to a new iteration of the ZX4000 model.

Viewed straight-on from the outside, the Shelflife version is defined by its understated use of luxurious greyscale nubuck and woven fabric underlays that evoke the historic craftsmanship of the retailers’ home country. On foot and in action however, the medial side of the shoe is revealed, showcasing a colorful, jacquard-printed panel.

All campaign assets for the release were created and shot in South Africa by local creatives Paul Ward (photographer) and Gabrielle Kannemeyer (stylist), further strengthening the bond between one of the most memorable Consortium releases of the year and the place, people and heritage that brought the shoe to life.

adidas Consortium x Shelflife will be available for purchase on April 13th 2019 at the Shelflife stores in Johannesburg and Cape Town as well as online at www.shelflife.co.za from 6pm. Sneakers will be releasing on a first come first serve basis.

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