NikeLab joined forces with two icons for their latest collaboration: Riccardo Tisci and Nike Air Max 97. The model is one of Italy’s favourites, so it only seemed fittingly that Riccardo Tisci put his stamp on the design.
The Air Max 97 had huge influence and impact on Italian culture,” Tisci reflects. “The Air Max 97 is an iconic, young shoe of 90s. At the time I was involved with DJs and music, and in the clubs the people leading the big waves were wearing Air Max. That period has a lot of history. It was the first meeting of sportswear and fashion.”
The mid-top look also reflects the designer’s longstanding interests in basketball and skateboarding. The black leather, and contrast white stitching, which gives the shoe a new structure conveys a mature sophistication.
To celebrate, we went down to Rome to party alongside Claudio Coccoluto, Mariacarla Boscono, Marco Materazzi, Gregorio Paltrinieri, Winnie Harlow and more!

All photos by Anna Barr & Adriano Batista for Fucking Young!

The NikeLab Air Max 97 Mid x R.T releases March 23 at NikeLab doors and