New Order is coming to put some designer athleisure wear in your wardrobe. The Manchester music legends have teamed up with Adidas to launch a special capsule collection for Fashion Week 2020. The collection includes track jackets and pants, t-shirts, and more as part of the shoemaker's adidas Spezial range.
"The starting point for the apparel in this collection was thinking about using iconic adidas pieces from the different decades of British casual culture," explained designer Gary Aspden to Hypebeast. "We looked at rain jackets from the late 70s, track tops of the 80s and the Spezial Haslingden jacket from a few years back. From there we went on to Turin to see New Order. Backstage after that gig we informally talked about doing a project together with the band. High-fashion designers like Raf Simons and the likes of Supreme and Off-White have all used New Order’s aesthetic and visual archive either directly or indirectly, so we wanted this project to take the idea of New Order somewhere completely new."
For New Order's Bernard Sumner, it was important that the collection reflecting his upbringing in the rough and tumble world of Manchester, England: “In that hostile environment, your clothes acted as a badge to say, 'Look, I’m one of you, don't beat me up.'" he told GQ. "During the 1970s there was a skinhead-meets-suedehead, football casual uniform consisting of Ben Sherman shirts, footy jerseys, Levi's jeans, parkas and Crombies – youth club-wear that has seeped its way into the designs on this collection.”
The collection revolves around the motif "5 8 6," a reference to the track from the band's 1983 classic, Power, Corruption & Lies.
Designer Aspden hyped up the sneakerheads with a rundown of the New Order/Adidas footwear: "The shoe in this drop is called the New Order Wilsy SPZL. Bernard currently wears the Wilsy SPZL from a few seasons ago as his on-stage shoe (he always wears white trainers on stage), so we looked at making a more premium all-white version of that in a new fabrication with a few tweaks; adding eyelets, removing stitch lines, reflective second laces, interchangeable lace jewels in various colours. Every part of the product is considered including the box and tissue paper."
Check it out in the video below.