Nordstrom is helping to celebrate the Vans 50th Anniversary by hosting a pop-in shop with in-house designer Olivia Kim. The shop features a ton of new shoes as well as some exclusive silhouettes and apparel.
Kim took the classic Old Skool and Chukka silhouette and added shearling to the vamps, eyestays, and heelcaps. The colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity, inadvertently matched the Pantone colors of the year. For Kim, the colors represented the 90's candy kids that used to amass in empty warehouses and fairgrounds and gyrate to house music. Also Kurt cobain. In the interview, she mentions the Nirvana frontman's fashion style influencing the design of these Old Skools: the iconic look of oversized women's sunglasses and vintage mohair sweaters. I balked at mention of Cobain at first, but now I definitely get where she is coming from. While not entirely practical, the shearling is a nice touch and something we usually only see on the inside of the shoe.
For the other set of Chukkas and Old Skools, the only pairs available in sizes greater than 8.5, Kim chose more masculine materials and colors with the velvety red and green uppers. The idea behind these choices is to invoke a regal feeling and remind the wearer of back to school uniforms and letterman jackets. She stopped short of gendering either pair, but did admit that she felt the chukka resonated more with men than fuzzy muted pink and blue tones.
The Vans x Pop-In @ Nordstrom collection can be seen in person at Nordstrom locations in North America. If you aren't able to make it to any of the stores, you can also purchase the entire collection and read the full interview with Olivia Kim online now. There is also an event at Resident LA to launch the event with music by Ty Dolla $ign and Kitty Cash. You can RSVP here.