Earlier this month Vans announced a special collaboration under Vans’ premium label, Vault by Vans with acclaimed Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami, wait no more the collection has been revealed! The collection features Murakami’s favorite Vans silhouette, the Classic Slip-On (my favorite too!), which is the shoes he wears in his studio everyday! The collaboration also features an assortment of apparel and skate decks.
Murakami’s anime-influenced aesthetic is renowned for its incorporation of lively colors, shapes and imagery inspired by traditional Japanese art and pop culture. Now generally recognized as a “Superflat” form, a term he himself coined, his work is known for blurring the line between high and low arts. For fall 2015, two of Murakami’s recurring motifs – the smiling flower and skull patterns – are brought to life in a limited edition selection of Slip-Ons, skateboard decks and tees.
The Classic Slip-On is available in six adult-unisex colorways alongside a trio of toddler-sized offerings. The first half of the adult assortment showcases the smiling flower print in blue, multi-colored and silver line variations while the second half highlights the allover skull arrangement in a darker blue, yellow and gold line color-ups. Murakami’s own dog, Pom, makes a cameo on the footbed of each Slip-On as she sits atop the Vans skateboard logo. The toddler-sized shoes from the collection are stylized in a more subdued set of color-ups that feature single image prints Murakami’s flower, skull and Pom on each toe vamp.
There are also three graphic styles of shirts and skate decks that will definitely become collectible. The skateboard decks feature the same patterns on their undersides while Pom makes an additional cameo on the wood-finished topside of each deck.
The Vault by Vans x Takashi Murakami collection globally on June 27, 2015. Super excited about this collaboration and must get my hands on it! Love! Check out the toddlers collection over at minilicious.com, soooo cute!
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