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Continuing their collaboration, Grace Wales Bonner returned to the adidas Originals archives to give her take on the heritage styles of the German sportswear brand.

Concluding a trilogy of collections, where SS21 and AW20 focused on the 70s, the designer’s lens focuses on the 80s for AW21. The clothes are the result of a reflection on the radical diasporic thinkers of the time. This includes academics, poets, and artists who pioneered postcolonial discourse from a non-Western perspective.

Part of the Anglo-Jamaican designer’s “Black Sunlight” collection, this collaboration incorporates these themes into clothing through 80s-inspired silhouettes and academically oriented graphics. Notably, a burgundy and off-white long sleeve top with an emblem of a fictional literary academy run by Wales Bonner and adidas Originals. It falls next to a burgundy sun hat, college tee, and orange knit sweatshirt with a contrasting V-neck.

A consistent element in the brand’s two previous collaborations, there’s also a new take on adidas Original’s signature tracksuit. Available in a ‘night sky’ blue colourway, the tracksuit top has a cropped silhouette and a crochet three stripe branding that can also be found on the matching track pants.

Kicked off with a Tyler Mitchell photo campaign, featured in the gallery above, nostalgia forms through images taken on a summer afternoon. Create an idyllic leisure space where the themes of freedom and brotherhood are explored.

Available now in the Highsnobiety store, check out some of the products available as part of the Wales Bonner and adidas Originals AW21 collection below.

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