At this point, New York Fashion Week is basically just models and celebrities theatrically trying to one-up each other via expensive outfits. If you doubt this, come visit our office in Soho and people watch for a bit. But this fashion week cycle, it wasn't a model, a blogger or a celebrity that stole the show: it was a 2019 Lexus UX sporting a fresh set of custom tires designed in collaboration between Lexus, Nike and John Elliott.
The tires are inspired by the all-white Air Force 1s designed by Elliott, which released last year and can be seen in a couple of the photos below. Some of the shapes and patterns were taken directly from the Air Force 1's iconic sole design, which draws visual and functional parallels between car tires and sneaker soles. Sure, the tires are more of an art piece than a functional piece of design, but who cares? They're freakin' cool, and I would gladly get in a light fender bender driving with them.
Photo: Emily Engle Photo: Lexus Photo: Lexus Photo: Lexus
In addition to the tires, Elliott had a few artists reinterpret his all white AF1s, including these puzzling-yet-intriguing sock-wrapped Air Force 1s created by LA-based artist Yung Jake:
Photo: Emily Engle
So now I will propose a question I never thought I'd ask as part of a Core77 article: Cop or drop?