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.
The Unstoppable MK + A
As you may know, Mary Kate and Ashley co-founded StyleMint back in 2011. With its success, they’ve decided to take a minority stake in its parent company, BeachMint, which is also comprised of JewelMint, ShoeMint, IntiMint, BeautyMint and HomeMint. BeachMint has no shortage of investors, so this partnership is less of a financial move and more of a creative one. It’s safe to say that nearly every brand the twins touch turns to gold, so the Olsons will be serving as co-chairs of BeachMint’s board to advise on business, design, and merchandising. P.S. JewelMint has an up and coming collaboration with American fashion designer Richard Chai, formerly of Marc by Marc Jacobs. The collection will be bohemian and Art Deco inspired with silver metal and sapphire Swarovski crystal. Pencil it into your calendars – it launches this Wednesday, October 9!
Kate Moss is Back to Collaborating
It’s happening! Kate Moss is back at Topshop! It has been three years since she created quite a frenzy with her first collaboration with the brand. Now, Moss is working on another collection, which is set to consist of 40 pieces and debut in Spring 2014. The specifics of the collection are currently hush, hush, but I expect it will be just as impressive as the last!
Free People’s Exclusive Holiday Collection
Free People has released an exclusive preview of their limited edition Holiday collection on Pinterest. The collection features six high end dresses that can be pre-ordered through Pinterest before the collection launches at the end of the month. In typical Free People fashion, all the trends for the season are woven (pun intended) into these frocks: leather, lace, and stud embellishments to name a few.