2020 has already been a standout year for sneakers collaborations. From Dior’s luxury take on the AJ1, to the weird and wonderful dunks thanks to Ben & Jerry’s (and Grateful Dead Dunks) through to the Off-White Sail/Muslin Jordan 4 which has become one of the most covetable sneakers of the year so far.
As we enter mid-October, there shows no sign of releases stopping anytime soon. Brands like New Balance have been upping the anti this Fall with a number of high profile collabs with Aime Leon Dore and Salehe Bembury, while Converse has too been pushing out some interesting takes on classic Chuck Taylor thanks to designers like Samuel Ross of ACW* and now Chinese designer @fengchenwang who is set to release her much hyped 2-in-1 All Star.
The sneakers which feature a deconstructed and layered aesthetic, debuted during her SS19 “My Half” collection which showed during both NYFW and Shanghai. Speaking on the concept with Dazed, Wang explained “I always look to the human form when designing a collection,” she’s says on her primary inspirations: bodies. Wang specifically looked to the idea of “the other half” that might complete a person and the idea of exploring human connections and emotions.
The London-based designer has built her reputation on experimenting with silhouettes: draping, deconstruction and working fabrics into new shapes that offer a new take on tried-and-tested menswear staples. The same design codes are applied to this converse collaboration. “We designed our own deconstructed iteration of the classic converse Chuck Taylor with our signature double-sole layering and wrapped outer layer on the back heel. Each pair were hand made and hand sewn for the show” Wang explained via IG.
Some slight adjustments have been made from the original runway samples: the lacing system on the heel is streamlined to simple loopholes with the addition on Feng Chen Wang branding. As it stands, the pastel colourways are sadly just for the show but the new designs do feature the same wrap detailing. for the tooling. Select stores are now offering raffles for the white/black and orange/canvas colourways expected in the first drop.
Launching in-store and online on Tuesday 20th October, sizes range from UK4 – UK12, priced at £140.