Shortly after Russell Westbrook appeared in Acne Studios’ Juergen Teller-shot SS19 campaign, the two parties collaborated on a second project, resulting in a denim-centric capsule for FW19. As a studied reinterpretation of a few key silhouettes, the Acne Studios x Russell Westbrook capsule collection will be made available online exclusively at Highsnobiety on October 27, one day before general release.

But how did this all begin? As Westbrook grew into a notable force on the court, the Houston Rockets point guard and eight-time NBA All-Star simultaneously developed a reputation in the world of fashion. Separating himself from the status quo of NBA-Star style, Westbrook’s participation sees the latest capsule consolidating the uniquely expressive world of a prized sportsman with a brand long regarded for producing some of the industry’s best denim products.

 

Acne Studios Russell Westbrook Collection Highsnobiety
Highsnobiety / Annette Apel
Acne Studios Russell Westbrook Collection Highsnobiety
Highsnobiety / Annette Apel
Acne Studios Russell Westbrook Collection Highsnobiety
Highsnobiety / Annette Apel

“I have always been interested in the connection between sportswear and ready-to-wear; the dynamic between them, especially. We chose Russell for a collaboration as he is an athlete we admire for many reasons.”

Jonny Johansson, Acne Studios creative director

Given his enigmatic nature and unique personality, tying Westbrook to a pure-denim collection makes total sense. Regarded by many as the ultimate expresser of personality, denim grows with the wearer, creating one-of-one garments that tell a particular story.

Released as a selection of outerwear, shirts, jeans, and shorts, pieces will come in palettes of blue, light blue, and teal green acid wash denim, together with more basic black and white options. The manner in which the collection’s cuts and washes effortlessly interact speaks to the design lineage of Acne Studios, both past and present.

Acne Studios Russell Westbrook Collection Highsnobiety
Highsnobiety / Annette Apel
Acne Studios Russell Westbrook Collection Highsnobiety
Highsnobiety / Annette Apel
/ Annette Apel
Acne Studios Russell Westbrook Collection Highsnobiety
Highsnobiety / Annette Apel

“Acne Studios is already an unbelievable brand that speaks for itself, so I’m just happy and blessed to have a collection with them and to be able to show my creative side.”

Russell Westbrook

Making up the collection’s outerwear component is a denim anorak and utility vest. The anorak in particular is a refreshing departure from the silhouette’s usual employment of lightweight shell fabrics, and very much goes in the opposite direction of what you might expect from a sportsman like Westbrook. Next to this, a short-sleeved denim shirt featuring a square-cut upper is indicative of tried-and-true design, pairing well with the capsule’s take on Acne’s popular Bermuda Short. And last, though certainly not least, a pair of straight-leg, five-pocket jeans anchor the release to a more timeless foundation.

Head over to the Highsnobiety Shop on October 27 to shop the Russell Westbrook x Acne Studios capsule collection.

Words by Adam Mark
Weekend Editor