The innovative team at Converse Inc. has unveiled four design concepts for their new Spring 2012 footwear collection. The conceptual designs behind this collection have been inspired by everyone’s favorite virtual created band from the UK, Gorillaz. These new styles will combine the classic Chuck Taylor shoe with some of this creative band’s most notorious and legendary graphics.
With the Gorillaz being long time fans of the brand it was only a matter of time before the two hooked up. Jamie Hewlett, Gorillaz co-creator and award-winning designer, has produced some revolutionary choice prints that integrate elements from some of the Gorillaz most memorable artwork. The signature design is a military influenced camouflage print that was taken from their self-titled debut album. The military theme is also highlighted on a brown/black canvas hi-top with an image of their well-known character, Pazuzu, stamped on the side. The inside lining of both pairs feature a collage of images from previous album artwork made particularly for this collaboration. The collection also contains a Chuck Taylor All Star hi-top and oxford shoe with camouflage inside lining and black and white collage prints on the outsoles. A Gorillaz hangtag and heel tab come equipped as well. At a suggested retail price of $60, these new Chucks are a necessity for anyone’s kick collection.
The Gorillaz have not only been recognized for the creation of a new genre of music but for the fact that they redefined the whole concept of a band. Taking from hip hop, alternative rock, and electronic pop music, the band created a new, fresh and very unique sound. The band has sold over 15 million records across the globe and in 2006, they won a GRAMMY Award for “Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals” for their track with De La Soul, Feel Good Inc.
This pairing with the Gorillaz will also include a musical collaboration with Converse’s musical experiment, “Three Artist. One Song”. The track, entitled DoYaThing will feature Gorillaz, James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) and Andre 3000 (OutKast).
Today at converse.com, fans can score a free download of the song and purchase sneakers from the collection.