Get ready to freshen up (and totally glitter-fy) your Converse collection.
Earlier this week designer Jonathan Anderson announced a new strategy for his industry-beloved label, J.W. Anderson, that involved more mass collaborations, Business of Fashion reported—a decision that pleased any and every devoted follower of fashion who’s been figuring out ways to save up for the designer’s signature Pierce bag or slouchy knitwear. The first of these partnerships, a fall ’17 capsule for Uniqlo due out later this year, was confirmed back in March. Then, at his spring ’18 menswear show at Florence’s Pitti Uomo, Anderson revealed he’s already got a second one in the works, this time with Converse.
J.W. Anderson for Converse is set up to be a long-term partnership, with a range of revamped Chuck Taylor All Stars and Thunderbolts first premiering at the brand’s latest runway presentation. GQ Style got the most comprehensive look at the premiere drop backstage at Pitti Uomo, which includes glitter-coated and black-and-white-branded high-tops, denim and suede outers, and metallic lace-up boots. “When we came to Florence, I would see American and Japanese and British tourists walking around,” Anderson told the publication of his inspiration for his spring ’18 collection, and how this collaboration would be incorporated into it. “I liked this idea of the kid in a denim short with a T-shirt and a pair of Converse.”
After the show Converse released a zoomed-in sneak peek of the glittery styles that’ll be a part of this first release, which is expected to happen this fall. “From my very first pair, Converse have represented such a radical movement in style and culture,” Anderson said in a statement. “The contrasts and similarities between the world of Converse and the world of J.W. Anderson creates a space of culture tension that’s a dream to play within as a designer.”
If the reaction is anything like the one shoppers had to Vans’ sparkly Opening Ceremony sneakers from earlier this year, we foresee these Chucks selling out very quickly.
No word yet on pricing, but given the brand’s recently adopted business strategy and Converse’s more affordable price point, we imagine these special-edition kicks will be easier on the wallet than J.W. Anderson’s regular trainers (and much more fun to wear). Here’s to a fall ’17 wardrobe that’s anything but subtle.