Recently, a fan account for Carlisle Group subsidiary brand Supreme leaked a supposedly forthcoming collaboration from the legacy streetwear brand: Supreme x Slipknot. Whether this is an actual, official collaboration hasn’t been confirmed by either Supreme or the Iowan nu-metal veterans. But here’s the thing—it doesn’t matter if it’s real or not, because the whole incident points toward a larger truth.
In a retail space flooded with actual, real-life collaborations that scan as Hypebeast Mad Libs come to life—here’s one from Paul George and N.A.S.A, and another from Anti- Social Social Club and Hello Kitty—seemingly disparate brands are allowed to collide without incident, possibly to the dismay of the brands hoping to dunk on the zeitgeist. If Supreme and Slipknot are indeed collaborating, the concept doesn’t necessarily say anything about Supreme, or about Slipknot, or the viability of the streetwear category at all.
The speculation and general lack of surprise about the collaboration does more or less represent the end of one prevalent streetwear trend: Metal T-shirts.