Cecilie Bahnsen's ASICS Collaboration Will Put a Spring (Flower) In Your Step

Presenting her take on the GEL-1090, GEL-1130, and GEL-NIMBUS during Paris Fashion Week SS23.

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For Cecilie Bahnsen‘s second Paris Fashion Week show, we were treated to more than just a pastel rainbow of dresses ready to twirl in, as the Copenhagen-based designer presented not one, but seven collaborative ASICS sneakers. Taking on the ASICS GEL-1130 and GEL-1090, the designer followed up on her previous team-up with Suicoke by echoing the signature design motif on these sandals: flowers.

Here, retro running vibes informed by ASICS’ past make a bold stamp on the sneakers, with a silver colorway hitting two main styles. From there, Bahnsen opts for a choice of black and yellow hues on the GEL-1090 and ice blue and white shades on the GEL-1130, before covering both in her appliqué bouquet.

Cut-out flowers from the same material as the GEL-1090’s upper are delicately placed on top of the sneaker, looking like a meadow that softens up the ’90s and ’00s-informed runner. Silver is a color not frequently found within the floral palette, so with it appearing on the sneakers we are treated to a collaboration that perfectly captures both partners’ spirits — a pair fit for all audiences, too.

As for the GEL-1130, Bahnsen decorates the sneaker a full spring green flower patch (as well as orange and blue iterations), working the toe and heel as if the shoe has been submerged in a petal field or perhaps used as the plant pot to grow said attachments.

Speaking on her collection, Bahnsen said: “I’ve been thinking a lot this season about how the girls in the studio and our community wear our clothes. How they might put on a dress on a rainy Tuesday morning to feel good, or go to a party on a Saturday night.” This not only informs the clothes, but also where the ASICS collaboration fits into the body of work — these are sneakers designed for all, particularly in cases where you have a morning run, work all day, and a party at night, and one pair of shoes can see you through it all. 

To round things off, a number of highly-customized pairs also hit the runway. Less identifiable, it seems Bahnsen has presented the GEL-NIMBUS in silver, outfitted in a bold array of silver floral appliqués, with another pair appearing in all black and a final in blue and white.

Take a look at the Cecilie Bahnsen and ASICS collaboration in the gallery above, and stay tuned to Hypebeast for more Paris Fashion Week SS23 content as the days go on.

In case you missed it, check out Hypebeast’s interview with Olivier Rousteing in which we discussed the sustainable future of Balmain.

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