Martine Rose drops another Nike collab. The crowd goes wild.
On the heels of the London-based designer's SS24 collection – a rave-fuelled affair which teased new footwear with both Clarks (under her guest creative directorship) and Nike – the MR cult have awaited news of the launch with baited breathe.
Now continuing her celebration of the female football player, the designer has teased a second capsule for Nike with a lineup of suited and booted footieheads. Not one to play by the rules, Rose sticks two fingers up to football's gender codes with genderless tailoring for players and fans alike. The result sees a capsule of smart separates designed to empower female players, both on and off the pitch.
“I want women to feel powerful in their suits as men do. Moreover, there’s no gender attached to the suit”, Rose explained in the collection notes. “I hope one day we’re not talking about gender in sports; we’re just talking about the sport itself.”
Launching in line with the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Rose blurs the line between sportswear and suiting with a knowing wink. Think team Martine Rose emblems atop striped shirts, trench-cum-footie scarf combos and suiting done proper - plus 3 new colourways of the sellout Nike Shox Mule MR 4. This is garb to take players from pitch to pub.
A glimpse of a fresh MR 4 model came in February when Kendrick Lamar accepted the Grammy for Best Rap Album, flashing turquoise-blue Shox-Mules under a full Martine Rose get-up. The rap giant had already called upon Rose to kit out his Big Steppers tour, so it’s no surprise he lauds himself a Martine mega-fan. Along with Lamar’s pick, there’s two additional MR 4 colour ways up for grabs - a black model complete with post-kickabout splatters and a neon ombré which borrows from goalkeeper kits of the '90s.
Words by Ella Aldersey-Williams