This week hasn’t been short of fashion moments. There’s been a lot to wade through; the Palace x Calvin Klein collection (featuring Willem Dafoe) that’s seen the iconic Tri-Ferg logo plastered on billboards around London, the Supreme x Dickies collab which doesn’t deserve that much attention, and the Marc Jacobs party at Dover Street Market which left Y2K-lovers starry eyed… to name a few.
But beneath the fashion bashes and the hyped collaborations is one notable product that HUNGER believes stands out – and that’s why it is this week’s MVP.
Before Virgil Abloh’s tragic death last year, any Off-White X Nike trainer would be snapped up by sneakerheads and hypebeasts before you could even decide if you really liked it. But the new Off-White x Nike Blazer Low “White/University Red” means a lot more to fans – and indeed to both brands.
As is characteristic of Abloh and his passion for architecture, the recent Blazer Low trainer underwent reconstruction; it combines the classic silhouette and tones of the shoe, but with a modernist twist with the black, yellow and blue thermoplastic heel.
Previous collections between the two brands have given us some of the most covetable, hyped shoes around, such as the 2017 Nike x Off-White Air Jordan 1 OG Retro High “The Ten”, Nike x Off-White Blazer Mid ‘The Ten”, or the futuristic Nike x Off-White Flyknit React Hyperdunk “The Ten” and the series of Air Force 1 designs that all put Abloh’s golden touch on the OG sneaker.
After his death in November, Nike halted upcoming product releases with the designer, but then sat down with Abloh’s wife, Shannon Abloh, and decided to keep building the creative ecosystem that the designer was responsible for. Future releases will be made in memory and celebration of Abloh, adjusting his distinguishable and unique designs that utilise the creative mark that he left on the world.
Dropping on April 8, the Off-White x Nike Blazer Low “White/University Red” marks the start of posthumous collaborations with the behemoth designer and architect of modern fashion.
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This week’s MVP is compiled by Ry Gavin, Associate Editor, HUNGER magazine