Puma Art Director and Creative Consultant Solange Knowles has curated not one but two new sneakers lines for the brand this Winter: “The Wild Wonder” and “Behind The Bazaar.”
Designed by sister-duo Lizzie and Darlene Okpo of William Okpo, Gerlan Marcel of Gerlan Jeans and photographer and designer Hisham Bharoocha, the new collections are a new take on Puma’s classic sneaker models: the “Heritage Suede Classic Wn’s” and the “Trinomic XT2+.”
“The two drops that make up this collection couldn’t be more different from one another but the commonality between the two is texture,” said Solange. “I really wanted to focus on maximizing different textures to their fullest potential. This process was a bit more intense than the ‘Girls of Blaze’ because we took a lot of risk, and created a lot of tweaks to get it right. The thing that I love about these two drops is you see the evolution of my personal style from the first collection into the second one. I love them both so much for totally different reasons.”
Last year, Solange collaborated with the same design team to launch her first Puma collection, “Girls Of Blaze Disc.”
“The most awesome thing about working with the team of designers is that we were all friends before this journey began,” Solange continued. “This go round, there were times we tried things and got the samples back and it just wasn’t quite there yet, but having the designers trust to make quick decisions on my own was super helpful. There was a lot of deconstruction of ideas but ultimately the spirit of collaboration always comes through.”
“The Wild Wonder” and “Behind The Bazaar” are available now in stores and online at OpeningCeremony, now.
Check out the Paul Jung-lensed lookbooks, starring models Candace Dobbs, Amy Steinkampf and Audrianna Strickland below.
Solange x Puma “Wild Wonder”
Solange x Puma “Behind The Bazaar”