RTFKT has pushed the boundaries of virtual fashion with forward-thinking metaverse wearables. It previously collaborated on a series of collectibles with streetwear legend Jeff Staple and later released a CryptoPunks-inspired shoe project. Takashi Murakami was announced as the NFT collective’s latest partner on Friday, Oct. 29.
RTFKT has upped the already tangible anticipation surrounding its CLONE X (aka AKIRA) release with the latest in a lengthy line of teasers. CLONE X, a series of 20,000 avatar collectibles slated to be released in November, was designed in the current PFP-saturated market, with Murakami coming to help RTFKT innovate its highly-anticipated 3D offering.
According to Hypebeast, Murakami, who has a long history of collaboration in multimedia art, has helped design the eyes, lips, helmets, outfits, and other varied qualities of the generative avatars in his unique manner. Murakami’s paintings may be offered as an NFT for the first time; the acclaimed artist had announced and then postponed his NFT release earlier this year.
The latest news is that digital and traditional art continues to interact in fantastic ways, as RTFKT has remained the dominant, digitally native virtual fashion brand during the 2021 NFT boom. The limits between physical and virtual wearables have continued to blur, with Dolce & Gabbana selling an NFT collection for $5.7 million and Gucci auctioning off a collection-inspired NFT at Christie’s.
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