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Adidas x Balenciaga: Everything to Buy (Okay, Ogle) From Balenciaga’s Bonkers Collaboration With Adidas

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It’s safe to say that, in 2022, we have not been starved of high-fashion collaborations, be it the Gucci/Balenciaga “Hacker” project, the logomaniac Fendi x Versace collection, or even Gucci x Adidas just a season prior. The sartorial landscape has been positively inundated with luxurious partnerships, keeping us fashion fanatics extremely well-fed. That said, if 2022’s collaborations thus far have been a decadent tasting menu, Balenciaga x Adidas is the sharp and incredibly alcoholic digestif, seeing us into a taxi in a blurry, though euphoric, buzz.

Moving through luxury partnerships faster than someone changing their bed sheets — first Prada, then Gucci and Wales Bonner, now Balenciaga — it would seem that Adidas has become something of a spokesperson for the high-street masses, a sort of cultural ambassador for luxury brands. In fact, it provokes the question, is there any designer idiosyncrasy that can’t be improved with a Trefoil or triple stripe?

Adidas x Balenciaga stan smith sneakers

$850

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Adidas x Balenciaga speed sneakers

$995

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Adidas x Balenciaga oversized t-shirt

$750

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Adidas x Balenciaga baggy sweatpants

$1,050

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A fashion lovechild like we’ve never seen, the Adidas x Balenciaga collection itself is brimming with lowercase logos and Three Stripe motifs as you may expect, but Balenciaga’s typical offering, this is not. Here, the brand’s infatuation with all things futuristic combines with its partner’s effervescent spirit of nostalgia. The result? Voluminous silhouettes with a dark, illustrious color palette.

Despite the bulbous cuts, however, this collection isn’t without a touch of Balenciaga’s signature eroticism. First spotted on the label’s resort 2023 runway at the New York Stock Exchange (because what is Balenciaga if not the edged-up home of fintech bros), the collection sauntered down the catwalk with an unexpected twist. Layered over hyper-fetishized, kinky latex masks and gloves, the contrast of the two brought anonymity and seduction to the otherwise sporty ensembles… lest we all believe that Balenciaga has strayed into predictability. God forbid.

Adidas x Balenciaga dual-logo oversized t-shirt

$895

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Adidas x Balenciaga tracksuit

$2,250

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Adidas x Balenciaga padded bathrobe

$4,800

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Adidas x Balenciaga Triple S sneakers

$1,150

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The collection itself is a 33-piece capsule spanning mock soccer jerseys, Three-Stripe-laden tracksuits, collaborative iterations of infamous Balenciaga franken-sneakers (namely, the Triple S and Speed models), and as many logos as one can conceive of. What’s more, Adidas x Balenciaga has supposedly been on the cards ever since creative director Demna was a boy. He says of the collaboration, “I always wanted to use three stripes and the logo, to be very honest with you. As a seven-year-old kid, I had an Adidas tracksuit, and that was my biggest fashion moment when I was a child.”

A long time coming though it may have been, we remain ever-grateful that Adidas x Balenciaga has finally landed since bursting onto the runway back in May. Now available for purchase from both partners’ sites, our message to you is simple: run, don’t walk. Pro tip: it might be worth leaving the gimp mask at home, this time.

Adidas x Balenciaga small backpack

$2,150

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Adidas x Balenciaga oversized jersey

$995

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Adidas x Balenciaga sleeveless fitted top

$750

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Adidas x Balenciaga baggy jeans

$1,290

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Adidas x Balenciaga folded wallet

$450

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Adidas x Balenciaga gym bag

$3,950

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This story was originally published on British GQ with the headline, “Adidas x Balenciaga’s neo-futuristic collab is so much more shoppable than you might think”.

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