A First Look at Adidas Originals FW 14

Design-forward sportswear draws inspiration from fine art, punk and the NBA

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Adidas has a long collaborated with influential individuals in the worlds of fashion and design—notable recent partnerships include the likes of Tom Dixon, Mark McNairy, Pharrell, Kanye West and Nigo. While none of those named had a part in the recently unveiled FW ’14 capsule collection, it’s clear the crew at Adidas Originals is set on blurring the line between sportswear and fashion.

On the men’s side, high contrast, multi-layered physiology-inspired prints from Milan-based design duo Carnovsky dominate. Adidas took their beloved track jacket and added a timely bomber collar with the trefoil logo making a welcome comeback. The bomber is available in both Carnovsky print and a blacked-out quilted style for colder weather.

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For the women’s collection, the influences are a little more eclectic. Drawing on everything from classic NBA to punk aesthetics and—in an unexpected yet highly inspired move—a healthy dose of early ’90s Manchester rave style. Acid washed denim works in (small) doses as a crewneck and bomber jacket, while all-over animal prints in black and white exude confidence and draw on early punk fashion. While both capsules draw more attention on the apparel side, expect upcoming footwear offerings in progressive colorways in the ZX model, as well as reworks of ’90s running shoe classics.

The first two FW 14 capsule collections from Adidas Originals are available in-store and online starting 1 July 2014. Check out the gallery for a closer look.

Images courtesy of Adidas Originals