Last Friday the 28th September 2012 marked the start of Paris Fashion Week, and to coincide with one of the most famous glamorous events in the industry, Converse launched their Converse x Missoni Archive Project in Paris that very same day.
The Archive Project sees two of Converse’s most popular and iconic silhouettes – the Auckland Racer and the Pro Leather – being utilised for a series of one of a kind trainers created using deadstock fabric from the Missoni archive.
Additionally, to accompany the project, there is a hand-numbered, hardback book centred around the project bound in the same terracotta canvas that lines all the designs.
The exclusive 20 pair collection, which is being sold exclusively at Parisian boutique Colette, is the ideal way to showcase a number of distinct Missoni fabrics that debuted in runway collections from 1994 to the present day.
Launching with a bespoke installation created by London based artist Gary Card, the inspiration behind the psychedelic display was taken from from the ‘Star Chevron’ logo that adorns each shoe.
The sculpture (which you can see below) starts with a star at its base before unraveling to create a free standing dynamic series of angular forms, which intertwine around each other. To top it off, the exterior of the display has been finished utilizing another of Missoni’s iconic monochromatic zigzag patterns.
As each of these pairs are a unique creation, they will be available in unisex sizing from US 5 – 12, and retail for €400 exclusively at Colette.