Riccardo Tisci believes the next big trend in fashion is honesty. The Italian designer, who has effortlessly mixed sportswear and couture throughout his career, is looking inward — remembering the things that sparked his imagination in the early years of his design. Tisci’s latest collaboration with Nike, the NikeLab Air Max 97 Mid x R.T., expands on this theme. In working on the Air Max 97, Tisci tackles a shoe with a great emotional pull not just for him, but for many of his countrymen as well. “The Air Max 97 had huge influence and impact on Italian culture,” he reflects. “The Air Max 97 is an iconic, young shoe of 90s. At the time I was involved with DJs and music, and in the clubs the people leading the big waves were wearing Air Max. That period has a lot of history. It was the first meeting of sportswear and fashion.” The mid-top look also reflects the designer’s longstanding interests in basketball and skateboarding. The black leather, and contrast white stitching, which gives the shoe a new structure conveys a mature sophistication. The NikeLab Air Max 97 Mid x R.T releases March 23 at selected retailers such as YME.