Until the lights came up on the runway, the big reveal at John Elliott’s Fall/Winter 2018 show this morning was slated to be the designer’s first-ever womenswear collection. However, fans of the LA designer were pleasantly surprised when Elliott used this opportunity to debut three new upcoming Nike women’s sneaker silhouettes. Models included the Air VaporMax Hi, a low Vandal 2K with a stacked creeper sole (which, if we’re honest, is propelled to “cool” status on the same wave kick-started by Balenciaga’s “Triple S”) and an updated Air Monarch called the “M2K Techno” which features an updated midsole (reminiscent of the Yeezy Boost 700 Wave Runner) and most notably, a triangular overlay around the quarter panel.

In addition to these new models, Elliott returned with the third iteration of his Vandal High collaboration, this time opting for an off white suede upper with a black corduroy swoosh. The recently-released Air Max 270 and Air Humara were also present on the runway.

Elliott played this collection wisely, having one foot out of his comfort zone—seen in skirts and dresses as well as different silhouettes for men—and one foot in—with more of the designer’s Sail Pullovers, leather down jackets and leather rider jackets. As both a debut of what the designer can do with womenswear, while proving that he still has a grip on what today’s guy wants to wear, Elliott’s sunny presence on the NYFW show schedule is nothing if not a consistent crowd-favorite.

Be sure to visit Grailed and Heroine when the men’s and women’s pieces start to drop (sneakers are slated for a release later on in the Spring/Summer 2018 season).

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