Kicking off one of the most hotly anticipated collaborations of the year, adidas Originals proudly presents the first instalment of its collaborative project with iconic Japanese anime series, Dragon Ball Z.
With each shoe in the project taking inspiration from one of the franchise’s characters, the inaugural release pays homage to a classic battle between two of Dragon Ball Z’s most familiar faces, Son Goku and Frieza.
Commonly heralded as one of, if not the greatest showdown in Dragon Ball Z history, Son Goku and Frieza’s battle on the Namek Planet spanned over 20 episodes and is now regarded as a benchmark of anime culture.
First up, the remodelled adidas ZX 500 RM silhouette forms the backdrop for Son Goku’s character, assuming an orange and blue colourway that immediately harks to the character’s iconic Ki.
The shoe’s classic mesh and suede construction stays true to the design of the original ZX 500 model, whilst ripped canvas on the 3-stripe mark and tongue reference the character’s ripped jumpsuit. Similarly, the shoe’s faded yellow mesh on the toe box and sides references the Super Saiyan transformation that would eventually lead to his victory in the battle.
Finally, hidden details across the shoe complete the referential design, such as embroidery of Son Goku’s Flying Nimbus and the Kanji detail on the medial side, referencing the sound of the flying nimbus cloud.
Dragon Ball details on the tongue, and Goku Kanji details on the heel patch complete the picture.
Next up, the striking purple and white colour palette of Sun Goku’s nemesis Frieza is applied to the new Yung 1 silhouette. The shoe’s fluid, disruptive design forms the perfect canvas for Frieza’s own unmissable appearance, featuring a suede and textile construction with pink accents peppered throughout.
TPU components refence Frieza’s glossy shoulder and head elements, while an embossed suede patch on the medial side references the character’s muscular first form. Finishing touches include similar Dragon Ball details on the tongue and sock liner, culminating in a fitting tribute to another of Dragon Ball Z’s most iconic characters.
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Releasing globally on 29th September, each shoe in the release will be presented in special collaborative packaging featuring an individual Dragon Ball detail, each box coming together to create a singular back cover design.
Starting things off with a duo of truly unforgettable models, this first release sets the pace for the remaining releases to come, uniting classic adidas design with one of the most beloved animated series of all time.
The PUMA X SUE TSAI Collection Is Here
For her second collection with PUMA, visual artist Sue Tsai takes on the concept of “Love 101” – exploring the nostalgia of inspiring high school memories and the emotional experience of our first love.
From the memorable past to the present, the PUMA X SUE TSAI collection encourages us to commemorate, create and share this moving love.
The PUMA X SUE TSAI co-created sneakers include renditions of acclaimed PUMA silhouettes like PUMA Cali, PUMA Aeon and PUMA NOVA bedecked with scribbled lines of poetry, hand- drawn doodles, vibrant embroidery and chenille patches, transforming the nostalgia intom something unexpected new and accomplished with emotionalizing beauty.
The PUMA X SUE TSAI collection extends to chic apparel including tees, jackets, hooded dresses and sweatpants adorned with embroidery, badges, all over prints and placed graphics.
Complementing the collection, the artistic decoration theme of PUMA X SUE TSAI also includes matching accessories such as backpack, cap and pouch.
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PUMA x SUE TSAI is available at PUMA Select stores, X-Trend, Superbalist, Hipkicks, Madaiza and selected retailers from 17 August 2019.
The PUMA RS 9.8 Cosmic Lands
PUMA has dropped RS 9.8 Cosmic – inspired by 9.8 m/s2, which is the approximate speed of gravitational acceleration near the Earth’s surface and is addressed to individuals who defy social rules and the laws of physics.
The retro look of the PUMA RS 9.8 Cosmic pulls together various elements from the acclaimed RS Family including comfy sock liners and the shock-absorbing RS foam. The PUMA RS 9.8 Cosmic is fresh and futuristic, with vibrant colour pops and multiple materials mix.
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Retailing for R1599, the RS 9.8 Cosmic drops at The Cross Trainer, sportscene online, Side Step, Studio 88, Superbalist and selected retailers from 12 September 2019.
The women’s colourway – PUMA White-Milky Blue – will be available at The Cross Trainer, OFFICE London and selected retailer
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Fashion Without Borders Coming Back to South Africa
Africa’s fashion and lifestyle movement brings 20 fashion designers and 40 models from across the continent
Fashion Without Borders is back for its fifth installation and will be hosted over a two-day period from Friday, 06 September 2019 to Saturday, 07 September 2019 at the Park Inn Hotel, in Sandton.
Only this time, the event will be complemented by 20 fashion designers and 40 Models from across the African continent.
Themed My Africa, this year’s Fashion Without Borders will be a blend of new talent, emerging and established names, with a talent list that comprises the likes of an 11-year-old fashion designer; Ethan Mokhele (South Africa), Kele Foko (South Africa), Nivaldo Thierry (Mozambique) and Kofi Asante (Ghana), Kaelo Godirwang (Botswana), Iman Mtshali (South Africa), Aline (DRC), Aman Chamane (South Africa), Anslem Agwoko (Nigeria), Sane Ratlhogo (South Africa), Tumane Thabane (Lesotho), Bismark Nimoh Poku (Ghana), Cathy Mbemba (DRC), Maatla Matlhabe (Botswana), Izak JD and Claudine Uys (South Africa).
“Part of our aim is to enable the 20 fashion designers and 40 Models to take centre stage and subsequently showcase their interpretation of fashion design in the African continent, in an effort to raise awareness about local fashion consumption,” commented Serge Kabisoso, Creative Director and Show Producer. “This event will highlight how current fashion trends are predicted by moods, behaviour and buying habits of a consumer at a particular time.”
Fashion Without Borders is more than just a fashion show, but also a lifestyle event that includes pop-up stalls, industry-related workshops and opportunities that will allow patrons to interact with both local and Southern African Development Community region designers.