Air Max Day for Highsnobiety
‘By referencing the style of the Dutch masters, we took our favorite Air Max models and reimagined them in the style of 17th-century oil paintings.’
I studied the various forms of painted still-life. There common subject is about the trivial pleasure of life, a display of wealth or a reminder of the certainty of death. Almost every visible item in these paintings is a morally or religious symbol. For example, soap bubbles, smoke, tipped over glasses, fallen petals, and skulls should remind us mortals of the brevity of life. Flowers may represent saints and values, like the Lily the Virgin Mary and the Tulip nobility and wealth. Butterflies and shells may stand for the resurrection of Christ, with a prominent role for the Saint Jacobs-shell, which pilgrims used to take home from their long journeys. The use of expensive, brightly-coloured fabrics like velvet and satin represent the vanity of wealth. A now commonly available Oriental rug was then a scarce and valued ornament reserved to the elite.
I have placed every shoe in a appropriate context. The Stash, named after a graffiti artist from Brooklyn, is accompanied by the artist’s palet. The Nike Air Bacon is surrounded by a kitchen still-life. Animal has an oriental setting. Camo is placed in various shades of green. Patta x Parra is a very desirable shoe…like the Tulip way back when.