Agency: Johannes Leonardo
Director: Karim Huu Do
When the Superstar shoe was first launched by adidas back in 1969, the word ‘Superstar’ was unambiguous. Today, the word has been corrupted to the point of confusion. This year adidas Originals sets out to question what it means to be a superstar, beginning with this film featuring Pharrell Williams, David Beckham, Rita Ora and Damian Lillard.
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SUPERSTAR IS NOT WHAT YOU THINK IT IS . TO RE-LAUNCH THE ICONIC ADIDAS SUPERSTAR SHOE AND RE-ESTABLISH ITS CULTURAL RELEVANCE, WE DARED TO QUESTION WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A SUPERSTAR IN TODAY’S WORLD.
Launched in 1969, the Superstar lives at the heart of the adidas Originals brand and was once renowned for its place in rebellious street culture. In 2015, the shoe needed to reassert its dominance with a fresh voice and a new conversation to form a connection with a new generation. One with different values and aspirations from the era when it was first introduced. Popular culture has completely redefined the notions of self-expression, originality, and creativity. We live in a fame-obsessed society where people are motivated to action based on the notoriety that might result We began by questioning the very thing the world is chasing, fueling a conversation about validation-seeking behavior and celebrity worshipping - suggesting that true superstars only have an audience of one. Because only by stripping away, can superstar be built back up with its true, original meaning and inspire a new era of creators who have the courage to create from deep within, following nothing but their instincts. No validation, no applause, no likes needed. The campaign launched with a 90 second film featuring globally recognized superstars David Beckham, Pharrell Williams, Rita Ora and Damian Lillard, each questioning the current notion of superstar and challenging its place in society. The work debuted with takeovers in cities throughout the globe and will continue to rollout across all media in 50+ markets. adidas Originals aims to bring creative courage back to its democratic roots and empower a generation who hungers for it by encouraging a debate online under the hashtag #OriginalSuperstar Welcome to the new era of the original Superstar.