First shown in January as part of her Autumn/Winter 2020 collection during London Fashion Week, the Wales Bonner x Adidas collection is inspired by Bob Marley, Adidas’ extensive archive, the 1970s and dancehall.
Bonner has taken the iconic three-striped Adidas tracksuit and given it an elevated rework by way of embroidery, crocheted stripe details and oversized ribbing, paying homage to her British-Jamaican roots and memories of those sports-centric dancehall uniforms, as well as Marley, who famously wore his sportswear in an elegant way. Meanwhile, a yellow long-sleeved football jersey and a multicoloured knitted rollneck serve as nods to the style of the 1970s.
Tracksuits and rollneck knits aside, it’s the footwear that really sets this collection apart. Bonner has taken on the oft overlooked SL72 silhouette and two different versions of the Adidas Samba. First, the SL72 captures the spirit of the 1970s with a corduroy upper, rich velvet and antique leather overlays, and a tricolour rubber outsole, and comes in trace pink, collegiate orange, maroon and hemp, maroon and forest-green colourways.
The Wales Bonner x Adidas collection is available from Friday 20 November at matchesfashion.com and adidas.co.uk.