Earlier this year we saw Converse, for the first time in its existence, launch a new interpretation of the iconic Chuck Taylor Silhouette alongside one of fashions iconoclast’s, Rick Owens. TURBOWPN is the latest collaboration between Converse and the legendary designer that follows a confident contortion of cultural signifiers, practiced in the release of the TURBODRK Chuck 70 in July.
Owens’ interpretation of the Weapon - titled the TURBOWPN- has seen a distortion of the 80s silhouette and is elevated through Owens’ signature minimalist yet maximalist footwear aesthetic. Crafted in premium cowhide leather, with a widened lace and subtly reinforced toe box, the TURBOWPN continues design articulations first seen in the previous reimagination of the TURBODRK Chuck 70. The reworked design features exaggerated proportions with an elongated tongue and a double-sized outsole- a signature Owens touch. Upon launching the collaboration, the designer declared: “When I discovered how powerful just oversizing something a little bit was, which I’ve done with a lot of my clothes, that became one of my tools.”
The TURBOWPN continues to elevate features established from Owens DRKSHDW line as the Converse star logo is twisted into a style that recalls his iconography. Discussing the feature, Owens indicated a link to the contortion of cultural indicators, synonymous with the prior collection, stating: “One of the main things that I think it suggests is empathy and consideration of systems of living that might not be standard.”
The Converse x DRKSHDW TURBOWPN campaign comes to life with multi-disciplinary brand, Fecal Matter, who are comprised of duo Steven Raj and Hannah Rose. The duo work with the ambition to create and express uncensored ideas.
Take a look at the Converse x DRKSHDW TURBOWPN in our Gallery and shop the launch online on August 31st.