Thursday, 23 April 2015 09:58

Modular Layers To Keep Cool: Nikelab X Jfs Summer Collection

Berlin-based designer Johanna F. Schneider returns this season with a new NikeLab x JFS Women’s Training collection. Designed to be 100 percent modular, the summer collection is perfectly suited for training during the warmer months, allowing wearers to add or remove layers before, during and after training to keep the body cool and comfortable.


Summer prompts more movement and activity. The sunshine draws restless bodies outdoors for a run in the city or workout in the park. Longer days make it easier to fit in that extra yoga or Pilates class before work. But rising temperatures requires training gear that cools and performs while striking a bold aesthetic.


Schneider’s modular collection places extra emphasis on material innovation and ventilation cuts to ensure comfort and cooling during summer training, without compromising on style. The NikeLab x JFS Asymmetrical Tank Top features two types of Dri-FIT cotton jersey with elastic, moisture-wicking shoulder straps for comfort during exercise and a high slit to accommodate movement. The fluid and loose design of the NikeLab x JFS Culottes Shorts create freedom of movement while side slits and a laser-cut pattern in the Dri-FIT fabric maximize breathability for extra comfort.


Celebrating the expression of movement through carefully considered design details and hand-drawn prints, Schneider continues to drive a strong aesthetic POV with a vibrant summer color update and the introduction of a new apparel and footwear silhouette. Rooted in Schneider’s design ethos of celebrating the architecture of the body in motion, the new NikeLab x JFS Blouson Jacket features an innovative, feminine cut. The lightweight jacket is designed to be a perfect pre- or post-workout outer layer, and also includes elongated cuffs with hidden zippers, an adjustable back hem and zippered pockets


Schneider also took on a new challenge for the seasonal update and added a more supportive training shoe to the collection, the NikeLab x JFS Free TR 5. Designed for natural movement, the highly flexible, low-profile outsole meets cushioned, lightweight support to give the foot extra freedom of range during exercise.

“It was inspiring to collaborate with Nike on the footwear for this collection," says Schneider. "I chose to work with the TR 5 silohuette because it gives athletes the support and freedom they need, and it really rounds out the collection with a robust and progressive training solution,” says Schneider.
For Schneider, an apparel designer by trade, the opportunity to consider footwear was a welcome and exciting challenge. “The parameters of footwear are more limited and provide a higher challenge to align design and performance,” she explains, adding that her inspiration for design is still the same: “performance is key.” Staying true to her knack for functional aesthetic, Schneider worked closely with the Nike design team to make sure the shoe looked as good as it performs. She was particularly interested in incorporating the hand-painted illustrations from the summer collection’s Printed Tight and Bra in the NikeLab x JFS Free TR 5.

“The fusion of imperfect handmade illustrations and performance materials underline my vision of feminine performance wear," says Schneider. "In the NikeLab x JFS Free TR 5, the balance of technology performance and aesthetics is transformed in a different way.”


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