In recent years, fashion collaborations have become pretty huge and exciting. With more and more retailers snagging high-fashion brands or A-list celebrities designing for them, the fashion world is always anticipating the reveal of the next great collaboration.
It’s no wonder that when brands like H&M team up with the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Versace, or most recently, Isabel Marant, people line up overnight just to get their hands on a piece from the limited-edition collaborations. Allowing ultra-luxe brands to merge with more affordable retailers to bring their designs to the masses, enables less lavish spenders to get a little taste of luxury.
But it’s not always about bringing a luxury price-point down; some fashion collaborations are pretty pricey, think Louis Vuitton’s Stephen Sprouse-designed graffiti collection. Sometimes adding in a fresh perspective, fun new pattern or totally unique aesthetic elevates the brand –and their designs– to get consumers excited about something fresh. Plus, anything that is limited edition is always highly coveted in fashion, and these designer collaborations are certainly not around forever.
Lucky for us, 2014 is bursting with amazing design duos, from high-end to ultra affordable. Find everything you need to know about the top fashion collaborations out now, or hitting stores soon, to stay fashionable all season long.
10 Valentino Garavani for Havaianas
They’re your go-to summer flip-flops for parading around on a sandy beach or walking down the boardwalk on a warm night. But now, Brazilian-born Havaianas are getting a fashionable twist for their Spring/Summer 2014 collection, thanks to the legendary Italian fashion house Valentino. Find the brand’s signature studs (from their famed Rockstud shoes) lining flip-flops with a bright camouflage-patterned base or choose their more subtle one-colored design. Feeling extra fashionable? Opt for the sleek crocodile leather strap version, which comes in green, navy, taupe or brown. Available for purchase now, the solid-colored studded soles will run you about $245, the camo-studded pair sells for $295 and the crocodile leather design costs a hefty $895. But looking chic while poolside? Priceless.
9 Sarah Jessica Parker for Nordstrom
Who better than Sarah Jessica Parker, the woman that played Carrie Bradshaw for six seasons on Sex and the City, to design a footwear line for Nordstrom? But not just any footwear line –SJP teamed up with the CEO of Manolo Blahnik, George Malkemus III, for this ultra-special collaboration. The collection, aptly entitled SJP, launched back in February and includes 25 styles, all made in Italy, ranging from $195 to $485. Along with footwear, Sarah Jessica Parker also designed a selection of handbags and a trench coat, which comes in two colors. From flats to pumps, sling-backs to sandals, there’s a shoe for everyone, even the “Carrie,” a t-strap purple pump that perfectly embodies the fashionable character so many women loved. With this shoe line, SJP is certainly making Carrie proud.
8 Adidas Originals for Topshop
Topshop’s taking sportswear to a new level with their recently launched, Adidas Originals collaboration. This spring, it looks like we’ll be trading in our dresses and high-heels for some laid-back sweatpants and sneakers. The sports brand’s signature emblem and their three stripes can be found on nearly all collaboration items, which range from simple tanks to pullover sweaters and high-top sneakers. There are 20 sporty-chic pieces in the collection, but act fast if you want to get your hands on some items; the line came out mid-March and is already selling out.
7 Ricardo Tisci for Nike
Givenchy’s Ricardo Tisci, who has reportedly been wearing the same Nike style of sneakers for over a decade, has celebrities like Kanye West sit front row at his shows –but that’s probably not enough. Now, he’s upping his design game with an exclusive line of kicks for Nike. Named Nike + R.T., the collection is split into two distinct styles: in white and in black, inspired by Nike’s classic Air Force One shoe. The sneakers come in a variation of a low top, mid top, high top and boot, so this collaboration truly has something for everyone. Good luck finding the white versions though, they came out early March; but for anyone who’s seriously coveting these kicks, the black version only comes out in April and a second shipment of each is said to hit Mr. Porter, the online fashion retailer, in the same month.
6 Pharell for Adidas
It’s clearly been a busy year for German-based Adidas. Not only did they work with Topshop on a line of women’s sportswear as mentioned, they've just recently snagged producer, singer and fashion designer, Pharell Williams for their next collaboration. Though details on the collaboration aren't readily available, Williams’ Adidas Originals line will launch sometime this summer and pieces will include textiles from his own eco-friendly fabric company, Bionic Yarn, which turns plastic debris from the ocean into fabric. Can’t wait until summer? Pharell’s Uniqlo collaboration, which is out mid-April, can tide you over ‘till then.
5 Zooey Deschanel for Tommy Hilfiger
You might know her as cute and quirky Jess from New Girl, but Zooey Deschanel is adding fashion design to her long list of accolades, which already includes singing and being co-founder of a successful website, HelloGiggles. The actress teamed up with Tommy Hilfiger for a capsule collection, set to debut in April. The collection is made up of 16 dresses, all between $98 and $199. As for the designs, they’re all short, sixties inspired and totally Deschanel. With vintage touches and a red, white and blue color scheme, they’re just right for spring and summer. Plus, each piece is named after one of Zooey’s friends. How sweet!
4 Sophia Webster for J.Crew
Sophia Webster’s playful and patterned designs are hitting J.Crew this spring. The preppy, ready-to-wear retailer partnered with the London-based luxury shoe designer and debuted the bright, fun collection at J.Crew’s New York Fashion Week presentation. And people are excited. With flirty prints and downright adorable patterns, this collaboration, comprising of 12 footwear styles in varying fabrics and silhouettes, is sure to fly off the shelves. But if you can’t find any left in your size this season, don’t fret; the two have already paired up for Fall/Winter. Nearly 30 new designs will be in J.Crew by the time the cold weather returns and the designs will include her signature tassels and embroidered details.
3 Marimekko for Banana Republic
Come May, Finnish textile brand Marimekko will be putting their signature patterns on Banana Republic’s classic, all-American designs. You might know them for their Unikko print, but the brand was first made famous in the 1960’s after Jackie Kennedy wore a series of Marimekko-patterned pieces during the presidential campaign. And now they’re gracing nearly 25 Banana Republic pieces –maxi dresses, playsuits, tunics, and accessories– in anything from monochromatic to Technicolor color pallets that are just perfect for summer.
2 Otswald Helgason for Aldo Rise
London-based design duo, Susanne Ostwald and Ingvar Helgason are best known for their geometric cuts, bright hues and their use of stripes. For spring, they've collaborated with Aldo Rise to design a line of footwear and handbags. Highlights from the collection, which was debuted during New York and London Fashion Week, include chunky heels and color blocking, plus messenger bags any fashion-girl would covet. Fans of the spring collection, which is set to hit stores in April, are in luck; Aldo has already announced that Otswald Helgason will also be designing their Fall/Winter 2014 line.
1 Kate Moss for Topshop
At 40 years old, one of the world’s greatest supermodels doesn't plan on stepping down any time soon. Kate Moss has already walked the runway for countless designers, but now she’s going behind the scenes in another collaboration with Topshop that’s got everyone talking. The model has already designed for the London-based store, from May 2007 to November 2010, and is finally back after a four-year hiatus. Working with stylist Katy England and Topshop creative director Kate Phelan, Moss’ personal wardrobe will serve as inspiration to the 40-piece collection. Given that a supermodel wardrobe is chalk-full of style, this collaboration is guaranteed to be good. Find the Kate Moss approved womenswear, swimwear; accessories and footwear in stores come April.