Last night, Telfar held their spring/summer 2020 show as the opener for Paris Fashion Week at La Cigale, where the brand’s upcoming collaboration with Converse made its debut. The capsule collection includes both footwear and apparel inspired by Converse’s basketball heritage and silhouettes, reimagined in conjunction with Telfar’s core design principles of inclusivity, innovation, and non-gender specificity.
A standout from the collab includes the Pro Leather, which received a “disruptive interpretation,” according to the brand. First introduced in 1976 as a basketball sneaker, it’s been reimagined into a slip-on silhouette. Also reconfigured is the ERX, a basketball-style staple of the ’80s, which has been reworked into a sandal. While perhaps the most iconic Converse sneaker, the Chuck 70, was also on the runway with its traditional canvas transformed into a tee. The signature Converse star can be seen reimagined on a tee and sweatshirt as well.
First established by Telfar Clemens in 2004 out of New York City, the non-gendered brand features 100% unisex items, “without the ornament of gender, race, class; high and low; male or female,” the brand states. Of the show last night, the brand said in a statement: “The aim of this show is the same as that of the brand. In an era of representation we insist on presence. In the era of inclusivity, we cannot be content to be included in someone else’s world. Our project is to build a world of our own and the process and the result are indistinguishable. Our customers are our collaborators and our cousins are our customers.”
The collection will be available for purchase next season.
Originally Appeared on Teen Vogue