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Jun Takahasi designs Nike x Undercover Gyakusou F/W12 line
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Sep '12
In the lush mountains of Nagano, Japan, four Team Gira runners solemnly train near the storied Togakushi Shrine. Concealed by the surrounding forest’s mystical 900-year-old cedar trees, they are a tonal flash—a modern incarnation of the storied ninjutsu, or ninja, who in olden days used the dramatic terrain for ascetic schooling.

Pursuant of the ancient art’s mission: to arrive at enlightenment through perseverance, endurance and patience, the runners rely upon meditation and their advanced equipment—meticulously adapted to the specific needs of running—as they ascend.

Convertible jackets with detachable sleeves and Durable Water Repellent (DWR) fabric adapt to the changing climate while underarm slits and laser-cut ventilation simultaneously address cooling needs.

Strategically placed drawstrings, elastic binding, thumb holes and stretch cuffs provide wind protection and keep the pieces firmly in place. Concealed zip pockets combine with an innovative marriage of materials and construction---like underarm stretch gussets—that adapts to a runner’s natural stride.

Ultimately arriving at Omoide no Oka (The Memorable Hill) to mark a new start and the renewal of their love for running, the team looks out over the celebrated valley below. Like the ninjutsu before them, they draw strength from the earth and harness their destiny.

For Holiday 2012, his fifth season designing Nike x Undercover Gyakusou, Jun Takahashi continues his exploration of the true meaning of Gyakusou, which literally translates to “running in reverse.” Titling the collection Autumn Monks, Takahashi captures Nagano’s pristine nature, including the cedar trees—which he explains, “make me feel the history of Japan and Japanese culture”—with a unique camouflage-like pattern of autumnal leaves.

The connection to nature is re-emphasized in the collection’s subtle palette of rich purple, slate grey, saturated blue, deep red and black, what the designer explains as the “traditional or natural colors of Japan.” Along with employing the aforementioned high-tech, running-specific details across the entire collection, Takahashi also adapts the garments to meet the respective needs of women and men.

In the women’s collection, a pleated Convertible Skirt paired with long tights recognizes a need for uninhibited movement and coverage while celebrating a uniquely female aesthetic, as do softened shades and slim cuts, which debut in a Convertible Jacket with detachable sleeves, a Lightweight Jacket with gathered sleeves for elbow articulation, a Sweat Hoodie, and Dri-Fit Short- and Long-Sleeve Tops made for layering. Thoughtful design details, like semi-sheer mesh paneling, anatomic seaming and pin-tucks elevate the technology, which is matched by the women’s Nike Free V3 running shoe in complementary hues.

Addressing male running requirements, the men’s collection’s Mixed Short, Lightweight Jacket and Convertible Jacket emphasize a pioneering mix of materials, tailored silhouettes and slightly bolder tones.

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