The NikeLab x Sacai collection for women is a new collaboration to be launched globally by Nike from 19 March 2015. The partnership between Nike and the internationally-renowned fashion house Sacai is meant to redesign Nike classic models into new silhouettes aimed at redefining sport styles.

Chitose Abe, designer and creative force behind Sacai, has blended Nike’s material innovation and understanding of the body in motion according to her own style vision and unconventional garment and footwear construction. Based on traditional male Nike silhouettes, Abe transformed Nike classic styles into new pieces with a feminine, modern edge.

“I’ve always been inspired by classics,” Abe commented. “Working with traditional silhouettes and ideas that often come from utility or performance-based sportswear, I’m interested in creating new hybrids that combine different fabrics and shapes to create an unexpected yet wearable result.”

Abe is recognized for her ability in dissecting classic and universal garments and reworking them to establish a masculine versus feminine interplay. Her passion for hybrids is apparent in her playful take on materials and in the way she contrasts textures of fabrics such as knits with fine wovens.