Their Final Colab: Kiko Kostadinov x ASICS GEL-Kiril 2
Winding up their three-year partnership, ASICS and designer Kiko Kostadinov have locked in their final collaboration: the GEL-Kiril 2. The first GEL-Kiril hit stores at the beginning of 2020, and featured specialised tooling that Kostadinov designed himself. The updated GEL-Kiril 2 is an eccentric new take on that initial silhouette.
Instead of traditional laces, the team have opted for a folding velcro tongue with an elasticated system underneath to keep the foot secure. Most of the upper has been kitted-out in a two-layered mesh build. The regular ASICS Tiger Stripes and Spiral logo have also been warped and changed to better suit the shoe.
Three colourways of the Kiko Kostadinov x ASICS GEL-Kiril 2 have surfaced: ‘Coral Red’, ‘Phantom Black’, and ‘Steel Grey’.
No official release date has been locked in, but expect these to arrive soon as part of Kostadinov’s Fall 2020 collection.
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The GEL-KIRIL 2 marks the sixth, and last, seasonal collaboration between Kiko Kostadinov and ASICS. In keeping with the traditions established by the previous capsules, the GEL-KIRIL 2 builds on the unique GEL-KIRIL silhouette while taking design inspiration from the Kiko Kostadinov Fall 2020 ready-to-wear collection. This final co-branded release reimagines the unique FlyteFoamTM sole by utilizing a folding Velcro tongue within a retooled aerodynamic upper that layers two different mesh applications. This new tongue design conceals an elasticated lacing system underneath the overlapping closure that provides extra support. In a directional twist for ASICS, Kostadinov has pushed the boundaries of the traditional usage of the tiger stripes, as well as the spiral logo, to develop something new for the brand. Through the tweaking and skewing of their proportions, the GEL-KIRIL 2 creates a perception of depth through the layering of materiality and form. The traditional tiger stripes, stretched and wrapped around the front of the body, are juxtaposed with a minimalist spiral logo that anchors the top of the tongue. This play on proportion results in a powerful tension between the familiar and the new.