Never being one to shy away from controversy in its clothing line – Mike Tyson t-shirt, anyone? How about JFK sitting in blissful ignorance in the Dallas motorcade? – a collaboration between Supreme and Malcolm McLaren was probably inevitable.
Arguably most famous for putting together and managing the Sex Pistols, McLaren was there at the forefront of many of the music and fashion innovations that became parts of life many of us probably couldn’t imagine being without.
McLaren’s fashion resume begins with the opening of Teddy Boy-style shop Let It Rock with his partner Vivian Westwood in 1971 in their native London. It was through fashion that he met the New York Dolls at a boutique fair in New York in ’72 and the music connection was made. Returning to London, McLaren launched himself into the spotlight with highly controversial shop SEX. Selling fetishwear, the shop became the starting point for much of the clothing that will be forever remembered as a staple of the punk movement.
McLaren’s collection for Supreme is heavily inspired by his solo musical effort, such as his 1983 hip-hop/Afrian music album Duck Rock, with it’s hit singles ‘Buffalo Gals’ and ‘Double Dutch’. Yes believe it or not, a curly-haired white man from East London was among the first people to bring hip-hop to the masses.
Duck Rock was made with Just Allah and See Divine, also known as the World Famous Supreme Team. Yet another clue that this collaboration was always meant to be.
As far as footwear goes, McLaren chose the lesser-known Vans V-79, giving the model a neon makeover in pink, yellow and orange. The insole features original artwork created for the project.
The collection goes on sale in-store in the US and online on Thursday 21st May and hits Japan on the 23rd.