– Nike x Undercover Gyakusou Fall/Winter 2012 Collection
There are a few things we get really excited about and one of those things is a new Gyakusou running collection. This year’s Fall/Winter collection is again top notch.
For Holiday 2012, his fifth season designing Nike x Undercover Gyakusou, Jun Takahashi continues his exploration of the true meaning of Gyakusou, which literally translates to “running in reverse.” Titling the collection Autumn Monks, Takahashi captures Nagano’s pristine nature, including the cedar trees—which he explains, “make me feel the history of Japan and Japanese culture”—with a unique camouflage-like pattern of autumnal leaves. The connection to nature is re-emphasized in the collection’s subtle palette of rich purple, slate grey, saturated blue, deep red and black, what the designer explains as the “traditional or natural colors of Japan.” Along with employing the aforementioned high-tech, running-specific details across the entire collection, Takahashi also adapts the garments to meet the respective needs of women and men.
Convertible jackets with detachable sleeves and Durable Water Repellent (DWR) fabric adapt to the changing climate while underarm slits and laser-cut ventilation simultaneously address cooling needs. Strategically placed drawstrings, elastic binding, thumb holes and stretch cuffs provide wind protection and keep the pieces firmly in place. Concealed zip pockets combine with an innovative marriage of materials and construction—like underarm stretch gussets—that adapts to a runner’s natural stride.