This fall, UNDEFEATED and A Bathing Ape® enter the second round of their collaboration on the classic Superstar 80v for the adidas Consortium series.
Earlier this year the BAPE® camouflage saw a comeback to the Superstar silhouette, a nod to adidas Consortium's initial project with the legendary Japanese streetwear brand in 2003. For their collaboration with UNDEFEATED, the US-based pioneer of high-end sneaker retail, this iconic pattern was rendered in two new and exclusive color palettes for the Superstar 80v. While on the first pack the camouflage appeared more subtle, for this release all restraints are lifted as an all-over print adorns the shoes' complete upper as well as matching laces. The resulting aesthetic exemplifies both partners' design approach which constitutes the constant, masterful balance between the subtle and subliminal versus the flashy and flamboyant.
The second UNDFTD x BAPE® Superstar 80v is produced with a novel material treatment on black suede. One color was picked from the camouflage pattern as base-color for the leather dye and left out from the all-over print. The result is a stunning, highly tactile effect. Slightly more subtle details include matching suede heel tab and three stripes as well as the camouflage insole print. Complementing the “all-over” effect are the camouflage laces which can be exchanged with a matching mono-colored set. As before, the gold embossed UNDFTD Strike Logo, BAPE® Head, and lettering appear as clear visual identifiers for this collaboration.
In-line with both brands’ design languages the result is a masterful balance between the subtle and the expressive. At first sight the uppers of the either black or white Superstar seem plain, with only little hints at the collaboration – golden embossings of the UNDEFEATED / BAPE® brand names and logos – at second sight, heel tab, tongue, lining and – most prominently – the inner three stripes reveal BAPE®’s iconic camouflage pattern as the key design detail. Produced in premium soft leather, the crisp white version is executed with a camouflage in shades of blue, while the black edition features a greyscale pattern.
BAPE and UNDFTD have been working with adidas originals on opposite sides of the world since the respective launches of both seminal streetwear brands. with unique perspectives - largely shaped by their home cities of Tokyo and Los Angeles - the merging of the two streetwear heavyweights for adidas has them creating shoes for Consortium, continuing the growth of a partnership that has already spawned some classic pieces. The union brings a strong army influence done using BAPE's signature camouflage print, blocks of khaki, taupe and off white, the occasional splash of bright colour, and special gold leaf detailing on suede – a rare execution. Two favourite adidas styles have been given the midas touch: the Campus and ZX 5000. As always for Consortium, premium materials are used throughout, such as super soft leather and suede.
ZX5000 - UNDFTDxBAPE