By Randz Manucom
In a cool, hip warehouse in Bangkok, Thailand, Japanese sportswear brand Onitsuka Tiger unveiled their all-new Autumn/Winter 2019 collection with shoes and apparel that make you want to cop the pieces right on the spot. Influencers from all over Southeast Asia wore head-to-toe looks from the collection, including iconic sneaker styles.
Onitsuka Tiger Creative Director Andrea Pompilio
The scene at Onitsuka Tiger’s “Downtown Rave” warehouse party in Bangkok
Leading the pack of the cool clique to party that night was Onitsuka Tiger Creative Director Andrea Pompilio. “I was doing a lot of raves in the past in a very specific area in Italy,” says the designer on his “Downtown Rave” inspiration for the collection and the party. “There [was] a lot of disco clubbing, DJs, music, and culture.”
Models sporting the retro-futuristic looks from the brand’s Autumn/Winter collection
A cool new silhouette, this pair is a top pick from the collection
The sneakers were made edgier with the addition of chunky soles, a definite ‘90s staple. In general, the pieces have a retro-futuristic vibe to them—imagine how free-thinking youth in Europe used to dress, but with a nod to futuristic sportswear. When asked about his personal picks from the collection, Andrea trimmed it down for us. “I love the padded jacket mixed with a shiny and matte feeling. There are a lot of sweat shorts with the new logo of Onitsuka Tiger, [and] a cool mini skirt which is very feminine,” he said. As for the accessories, “I love the oversized backpack,” he added.
Thai actors Push DJ and Crazy Little Thing Called Love co-star Baifern in Onitsuka Tiger
And what’s a party if not for the guests? The exclusive night welcomed guests like top Thai actor and TV host Puttichai Kasetsin, better known as DJ Push, and former love team of Mario Maurer, Thai actress Baifern. Other celebrities and influencers from the region also glammed up the evening with a cool yet fun vibe. Each had their personal take on achieving their party-ready, Onitsuka Tiger look.
Philippine influencers Chin Chin Obcena and Chester Padilla also represented Manila that night
The live mannequins gave life to the mood and inspiration Onitsuka Tiger wanted us to see. Under trance music and neon lights, the fashion showcase was a definite success in highlighting not just the cool pieces from their latest season, but empowering the crowd with its intended youthful and independent spirit.
Couple dressing a la Onitsuka Tiger
Check out the photos below to see our top picks from the collection!
Cclockwise from top: 1. The Pokkuri Sneaker, a thick-soled redesign on the Mexico Delegation 2. The Rebillac Runner, a playful take on an Onitsuka Tiger archival piece 3. The Knit Trainer, a favorite pair, kind of reminding us the iconic Bruce Lee pair 4. The Big Logo Trainer, a pair that highlights both form and function 5. The Chunky Slip On, this epitomizes the collection in one pair
Onitsuka Tiger is available at leading malls. For more information, visit www.onitsukatiger.com/ph and follow them on Instagram and Facebook.
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Photographs courtesy of Onitsuka Tiger