By now you probably know I’m big on fashion collaborations, and the industry seems to be overflowing with them right now. Most recently, Kate Hudson’s capsule collection of LBD’s debuted at Ann Taylor and Zooey Deschanel’s capsule collection with Tommy Hilfiger hit stores. From what I can tell these stylish partnerships are on the rise, and I’m here to keep you up to date. So without further ado, here are 5 current fashion collaborations!
J.Crew + Sophia Webster
Shoe addicts, brace yourselves. The fun and quirky British shoe designer Sophia Webster has collaborated with J.Crew on a spring shoe collection. The line consists of 13 ultra feminine and fabulous shoes that might just break the bank with prices from $320 to $695 (however, it’s worth noting these shoes are a mere fraction of the price of Webster’s own collection). If you’re a true Carrie Bradshaw, you’ll skip the Starbucks, pass on happy hour, and pay rent late this month just to snag a pair of these snazzy shoes. The line launched yesterday and is available to shop in store.
H&M + Alexander Wang
A little over a week ago Alexander Wang shook up the world of Instagram with his video announcement of an upcoming collaboration with H&M. Over the years, the retail giant has teamed up with a number of designers – Stella McCartney, Karl Lagerfeld, Lanvin, Versace, and Isabel Marant just to name a few – but Alexander Wang is the first American designer and the youngest, at the age of thirty. Needless to say, we can expect the line to be contemporary and youthful. The partnership is a particular honor for Wang because it marks the tenth anniversary of collaborations for the brand. Start the countdown. The collection is set to debut online and at 250 H&M stores worldwide Thursday, November 6, 2014.
Urban Outfitters + Stone Cold Fox
You may have heard the recent buzz about Urban Outfitters new shopping haven in Williamsburg, New York. The concept store, Space Ninety 8, mimic’s the brand’s retail experience Space 15 Twenty located in Los Angeles. Space Ninety 8 is a marketplace in a four story warehouse in the heart of Willamsburg. The lower level of the space is home to rotating pop-up shops, one of which is Stone Cold Fox. Stone Cold Fox is a brand established by childhood friends Cydney and Dallas, both of whom share a passion for vintage wares. The pair gather inspiration from vintage clothing and aim to make it fresh again with each of their collections, including the one designed exclusively for UO. You can shop the collection on the UO site now, or if you’re an NYCer, head on over and check out the awesome pop-up shop in Williamsburg!
Banana Republic + Roland Mouret
In typical Banana Republic fashion, the brand has tapped a key designer of women’s fashion for its next collaborative collection. French fashion designer Roland Mouret has partnered with the retail powerhouse to design a luxurious and affordable capsule collection. Mouret is best known for his high end dresses with impeccable design and fit. In this line, the designer aims to create clothing that is both flattering and attainable. The collection consists of 25 sophisticated and structured pieces ranging from $50 to $165, which is a fraction of the designer’s label. Mark your calendars. This line is set to launch in store and online in August of this year.
Topshop + Kate Moss
You’ve got just about a mere week left before the highly anticipated Kate Moss for Topshop collection launches on Wednesday, April 30. The multi-talented English model drew inspiration from four distinct styles when creating the collection: a beachy/island vibe, “pajama dressing,” cocktail hour, and suiting/menswear. The diverse line will be available online and in-store at Topshop, Nordstrom, ShopBAZAAR and Net-a-Porter. With such diverse designs and prices ranging from $70 to $1200, there is truly something for everyone in this collaboration.
1. UPDATE on a Current Collaboration
Kate Hudson + Ann Taylor = a partnership made in heaven. We know the stunning actress has worked with the leading women’s wear brand from being the face of their campaigns to showcasing her picks in the form of a look book on their site. Now, the collaboration continues with some exciting news. Kate Hudson and Ann Taylor will be launching a capsule collection of the ultimate lady’s essential: the little black dress. The line is set to launch in a few weeks and will consist of five unique styles of LBDs. So, mark down Thursday, April 10 on your calendar! Whether you’re more of a Romantic, looking to be Camera Ready, or hope to one day be Best Actress, one of these aptly named styles will work for you!
2. 10 Years of Cool Girl Jewelry
Several years ago my cool-jewelry-friend (come on, don’t we all have one of those?) introduced me to a unique brand: Catbird. Catbird is a Brooklyn based brand that began in 2004 with a carefully curated collection of jewelry from basics with a twist to one of a kind pieces. Now, ten years later, the brand has grown in more ways than one. Catbird has grown in popularity and nearly outgrown its somewhat modest studio in Williamsburg. They have also grown to carry a variety of uncommon goods from beauty to home to other accessories. The brand has undeniably reached a level of cool-dom, but in case you need another push to check them out (if you haven’t already), you can be sure to spot their gems on some of the coolest girls around, such as Michelle Williams, Liv Tyler, and Hannah and Jessa in Season 3 of HBO’s Girls.
3. The Newest E-Commerce Site to Launch
Los Angeles based brand Band of Outsiders has finally launched its much anticipated e-commerce site and brand new website design. Band of Outsiders was founded in 2004 with a menswear line. Then, in 2008, the label revealed a menswear-inspired women’s line. The brand boasts at having something for everyone by bringing together a quirky combination of hipster hemlines and preppy patterns. The e-commerce portion of the site comes with a complete revamp of their existing webpage. The overhaul keeps with the brand’s innovative and modern approach by featuring a unique display of feed from the brand’s social media platforms on the homepage. Looks like this could be the future of brand sites: a complete integration of e-commerce, social media, and everything else.