Nike "Year of the Dragon" Collection

Nike introduces a full-fledged dragon-inspired collection as part of the 2012 “Year of the Dragon”

Footwear Fashion
216 Hypes 0 Comments

Nike introduces a full-fledged dragon-inspired collection as part of the 2012 “Year of the Dragon” celebrations. Taking place over both performance and lifestyle connotations, the four-shoe collection includes the Air Force 1 Low Supreme, Air Jordan 2012, Kobe VII System Supreme and Zoom KD IV. A full description of the inspirations behind each sneaker can be seen below which will also be joined by a Nike Destroyer jacket.

AIR FORCE 1 is irreplaceable for Nike and the fans. Inspired by dragon robe, the design team renewed its glory with AIR FORCE 1 LOW SUPREME. The cloud-and-dragon pattern on the tongue, plus dragon design on the black silk texture of the sides and upper, evokes memories of royalty in China. The cloud-and-bat pattern on the sole is another derivative from dragon robe, which in Chinese culture implies good fortune. The appeal consummates with the Chinese character ‘Long’ (dragon) on the counter, the suede panel on the midsole, and the wax-finished shoelaces.

Chinese believe that dragon is a holy being, way above the mundane world. In the arena of basketball, Michael Jordan may be the only equivalent to that transcendence. As the largest single-digit number, 9 is appreciated as a sign of utmost power and achievements. Only emperors can wear robes with 9 dragons. A 9-dragon wall was exclusive for the royal family. 9 is also the lucky number for Michael Jordan. In his 9th season between 1992 and 93, Michael set personal and association record. Inspired by this mystical connection, the Jordan Brand design team, retouched AIR JORDAN 2012 for the new collection. The theme color of blue, in contrast with the yellow inner lining, underpins the message of supremacy, accentuated by the dragon pattern around JORDAN Logo on the tongue. The effect reaches its apex in the limited edition packaging, where red background is decorated with golden dragon and JORDAN Logo, bursting with Chinese features. Two cushions and three midsoles are available, offering functional and aesthetic benefits.

Kobe Bryant appreciates Chinese culture, in particular Chinese Kung Fu. The quest for agility and speed has been integrated into his own athletic art. Drawing inspiration from Kobe’s Italian root and Kung Fu movies filmed in that country, the design team rendered NIKE KOBE VII SYSTEM SUPREME with the signature tri-color of Italy. NIKE KOBE VII SYSTEM SUPREME comes with a cushion printed with Kobe’s exclusive golden Logo, a statement of invincibility. The matrix design on the upper is a special code, spelling the message for Kobe. With his signature and an animated dragon pattern on the counter, this design is impeccable for the Chinese new year.

Kevin Durant was born in a year of the dragon, and he does demonstrate dragon-like power in the court. As 2012 is the year of water dragon, the Nike Basketball design team incorporates an array of watery elements into NIKE ZOOM KD IV. The signature strap, in combination with the wave pattern on the tongue and the laser-etched blue shadows, creates a rippling effect. The water dragon surrounding the KD logo on the counter highlights oriental association. The whole piece is dominated by light blue and light mango, symbolic of Thunder. NIKE ZOOM KD IV adopts new Adaptive Fit system to deliver the perfect fit.

In addition to the four footwear styles, the Nike DESTROYER JACKET will hit the street at the same time. Also inspired by dragon robe, it features woolen texture with black suede sleeves. The dragon theme is illustrated through the lining, plus dragon claws embroidered both in the lining and the back, set alive by the cloud-and-bat design. The DESTROYER JACKET will be available alone or along with the Nike AIR FORCE 1 LOW SUPREME, both in the limited edition packaging.

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

2 Chainz featuring T.I. - Spend It (Remix)
Music 

2 Chainz featuring T.I. - Spend It (Remix)

One of 2012’s most sought-after hip-hop artists 2 Chainz hooks up T.I. for the remixed version

BBC's Sound of 2012: Azealia Banks
Music 

BBC's Sound of 2012: Azealia Banks

Upon receiving rave reviews for the visuals coinciding with her now-heralded track “212,”

Robert Glasper Experiment & Erykah Badu - Afro Blue
Music 

Robert Glasper Experiment & Erykah Badu - Afro Blue

Prepped to be featured on Robert Glasper Experiment’s forthcoming album Black Radio, we are


Grimes signs to 4AD, releases new track "Genesis"
Music 

Grimes signs to 4AD, releases new track "Genesis"

Yesterday, electro-pop musician Claire Boucher, better known as Grimes, disclosed via Twitter

?uestlove speaks on “Little Brother” beat
Music 

?uestlove speaks on “Little Brother” beat

After last night’s Black Star appearance on Jimmy Fallon, ?uestlove felt it necessary to speak

Kele Okereke confirms he is still in Bloc Party and band is working on a new album
Music 

Kele Okereke confirms he is still in Bloc Party and band is working on a new album

It’s been a three-and-a-half year period of inactivity since Bloc Party’s third album Intimacy

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Receive the latest in Footwear, Fashion, Music and Creativity in our newsletters.

By Subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Help us serve you better

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads, where we can share contents from the latest fashion, to those culturally relevant. In adding HYPEBEAST to your ad blocker's whitelist, ads on our sites will show while you continue to browse.