Designer Collaborations to Know About This Season
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By Cara Chronis May 12, 2014
Alexander Wang x H&MThe first American designer to collaborate with H&M, Wang had fashionistas everywhere abuzz with excitement after announcing the collaboration via his Instagram account. The designer’s popularity ranges from Beyoncé to street-style stars, and now a capsule collection will be available to the masses. Of the fast-fashion brand, Wang said, “They are very open to push boundaries and to set a platform for creativity.” He later told Women’s Wear Daily: “It’s a different era and a different world today, and I think everything is changing, the whole system of fashion and design … there’s an opportunity for everyone to create and do something that is different and individual.”
Sophia Webster x J.CrewAttention, shoe lovers: This is a collaboration you won’t want to miss. British designer Sophia Webster is bringing her expertise to J.Crew, and the results are bright, bold, and beautiful. “[The shoes] are like miniature sets—a beautiful world for your feet to spend the day in,” said J.Crew president and creative director Jenna Lyons. “Each [pair of] shoes tells a unique story.”
Karlie Kloss x Warby ParkerSupermodel Karlie Kloss and eyewear brand Warby Parker have decided to team up for a good cause. A capsule collection of sunglasses will launch in June to benefit Edible Schoolyard NYC, an organization that works with New York City public schools to build gardens and kitchen classrooms for hands-on learning. The sunglasses will feature ombré lenses and ’70s-influenced shapes.
Mary Katrantzou x AdidasWe can’t wait to see what comes out of this collaboration—and based on the aesthetic Katrantzou is known for (digital printed dresses and 3-D-embellished separates), we’re definitely in for some chic sportswear in bold colors and printed textiles. Katrantzou is in good company: Recent partners of Adidas include Topshop, Raf Simons, and Stella McCartney.
Kate Moss x TopshopShe’s back! Kate Moss modeled her second line with the U.K. retailer in the May edition of Vogue U.K. The 46 pieces in the collection include feathered minidresses, suede lace-up shorts, and a fringed leather jacket. “I have really missed being involved in the design process and working with the team at Topshop,” the supermodel said in a press release. “I am very excited to create a new collection that bears my name—now more than ever, with London being at the forefront of fashion, as it feels like I’m back home working with Topshop.”
Coco Rocha x BaubleBarWe were still excited about BaubleBar’s collaboration with Nordstrom when we heard the news that the jewelry e-tailer was partnering with fashion model Coco Rocha. “In creating this collection, I wanted to create jewelry that has a high-fashion editorial feel at a price most people can afford,” she told Nylon magazine. The collection will retail for under $78 and includes a piece you can customize yourself.