Shop the Hottest Designer Collaborations of All Time

It seems like when our favorites designers release collaborations, the good stuff is swooped up within hours. Everyone wants a piece, and rightfully so — when else are you gonna get a piece of fashion history for pennies on the usual dollar? For all the shoes and jackets we couldn’t buy then, we’ll forever have reverse buyer’s remorse… which is why we’re on a mission to find it all again now. Lucky you.

 

Alexander Wang x H&M

The Alexander Wang x H&M collaboration was one of the most hyped we’ve seen — and totally worth it. City-ready athletic wear you can and will want to wear out at night? Hell yeah, that scuba dress is perfection! Didn’t we see Rihanna in that sports bra? And come fall, you won’t want to be without that cool parka.

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JW Anderson x TOPSHOP

Designer JW Anderson’s stock has risen since this TOPSHOP collab came out in 2013. Now he’s helming Loewe, too, and the fashion world can’t get enough. That’s why this back-to-school argyle skirt and cool leather boots are must-haves. We’re scooping them up if you don’t.

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+J (Jil Sander x UNIQLO)

+J was perfect while it lasted. (We still mourn the loss.) Jil Sander’s then-ongoing collaboration with UNIQLO was everything we wanted for staples in our closet — especially the jackets.

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Missoni for Target

Legit you can’t tell the difference — might as well be real deal, main line Missoni. And this is the perfect dress for summer.

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Maison Martin Margiela x H&M

For its H&M collab, Margiela pulled out the archives and remade the highlights. These Perspex-heeled boots are quintessentially Margiela. You could wear them forever.

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Adidas x Kanye West

These Yeezy kicks are HOT. They might defy that pennies on the dollar rule, but can you put a price on love?

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Raf Simons x Adidas Stan Smiths

Here we have a classic, slightly retooled by one of the chicest designers in the world.

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Marques’Almeida x H&M

Don’t you love it when the collaboration looks just like the designer stuff? The high rise ripped jeans are a staple from May to September (but you could break the rules and wear ‘em whenever). The fray on the denim jacket makes it Marques’Almeida and unique.

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Isabel Marant x H&M

A critically lauded collection full of must-haves. We’re particularly partial to the wear-anywhere chiffon dress and über-chic tuxedo jacket.

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Marni x H&M

Marni is art-mom-chic in the best possible way, and this patent leather jacket and knit has us feeling creative.

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Shop all of these looks in our curated collection on ebay.

 

Insta-Critic: Yeezy Debuts Spanx?

So, collective voice of the internet–how do we feel about Kanye’s show today? If you weren’t too distracted by the power couples sitting #frow (Kim + Nori, Bey + Jay, Anna + her fur coat) you might have noticed Yeezy debuted, in addition to all the shoez, a series of nude, monochrome looks reminiscent of Spanx…or a costume Sia might put Maddie Ziegler in (fitting, actually, given that ‘Ye also debuted a new song featuring the Aussie songstress). Let’s dive deep into the Kardashian-owned world of Instagram to explore.

My look for the Yeezy show!!!!!! Yeezy head to toe!!!!!

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#wifelife amirite.

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Only the Eva Chens and Anna Wintours of the world got the invites (ponchos)

So proud of you Yeezy!!!! #YeezySeason

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We should all have such supportive sister-in-laws. Remember that drunkie post Grammy interview? Khloe’s the best.

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Kylie gets a moment in the sun.  

North was not having it… Bey is like, thats exactly why I left Blue Home and Anna is just as unbothered as ever…

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Exits, Returns, and Debuts: The Fashion News You Need to Know

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1. Peta Protests Men’s Woolmark Prize

While Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow were celebrating another big win for their line Public School, PETA protestors (in the form of three vegan male models, carrying a replica of a bloody sheep carcass and signs, wearing synthetic sweaters,) protested the use of wool, pointing to a study that showed severe mistreatment of the animals in Australia. Woolmark contests these claims.

2. H&M & Coachella Collaborate

Festival attire inspires an Instagram frenzy and countless blog posts each year, so H&M decided to make it official with a collaboration with Coachella inspired by the classic American festival aesthetic.

3. Isabel Marant Casts Natasha Poly

Isabel Marant’s new campaign explores the female’s feline side, with hair inspired by a lioness and a decidedly playful characterization for model Natasha Poly, who, Marant told WWD, has a lot of different characters and we knew she would play the game.” The playful campaign was shot by fashion faves Inez & Vinoodh. 

natasha poly4. Pringle of Scotland Exhibition

Pringle is celebrating it’s 200th anniversary in a deservedly big way. The brand will debut a major exhibition called “Fully Fashioned: The Pringle of Scotland Story” at the Serpentine Gallery during London Fashion Week. In addition, the show will feature new campaign images will be presented, shot by Albert Watson of Scottish figures including Stella Tennant, David Shrigley and Luke Treadaway as well as a collaboration with Michael Clark Dance Company. Finally, Pringle will introduce, Deconstructed, a customizable service allowing shoppers to add a personal touch to their cashmere purchases. 

5. Frida Giannini’s Left Gucci Earlier Than Expected
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We knew Frida Giannini was leaving Gucci, we just didn’t know how soon that would be. Apparently, Giannini left last week, a full month earlier than anticipated. According to WWD, sources say Giannini was asked to leave the company last Friday, rather than after her Fall women’s show on February 25th, as originally planned. It is believed this is a result of efforts to speed up the company’s process for upcoming decisions regarding creative direction for the company.

6. Viviane Sassen for 3.1 Phillip Lim

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First of all, 3.1 Phillip Lim is verging on it’s 10-year-anniversary, which is insane! To celebrate, the brand returned to ideas Lim views as essential to its DNA, bucking convention by eschewing hair and makeup, and heading to Morocco with art photographer Viviane Sassen for a shoot based around the theme “Romancing Reality.”

7. Kim Kardashian Lands Vogue Australia Solo Cover

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Though we can’t help but wonder if she’ll ever land the U.S. cover spot on her own, this cover adds more fuel to Kim’s fashion fire. We know we have her coming up soon clad in Prada on the cover of LOVE, and her ad campaign for Balmain just launched. When Kim sets out to become a fashion icon, you better believe she’s gonna get it done.

8. Cathy Horyn is Back


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It turns out her exit from The New York Times after 15 years was not a final bow. The famed critic will join The Cut as critic-at-large, starting with the fast-approaching February shows.

9. Adidas Questions the Meaning of “Superstar”

Rita Ora, Pharrell Williams, David Beckham, and basketball player Damian Lillard come together in this video to make probing and skeptical claims about what it means to be a superstar (“If you think a superstar is people wanting to know where you are, who you’re with, and reading about what you had for breakfast, or caring about what you wear to an event…”) –while wearing the athletic brand’s classic 1969 sneaker of the same name.

Wear Laminated Mesh on the Court

You’ll remember when LPD forced you to choose a team and a fashion jersey, (Were you team Miuccia? Margiela?) and now Adidas Basketball has decided to have LPD join theirs for a Spring/Summer 2015 collaboration focused on basketball staples that “reference the past while looking to the future.”

The future, in this case, means newly developed athletic fabrics such as “laminated mesh,” and 3M drawstrings and stripings. All pieces are handmade in NYC and include items like an off-court game day parka and a reimagined version of the classic Adidas tracksuit.

Come December, the collab will be available at select boutiques including Lane Crawford, American Rag, and United Arrows.

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Images courtesy of LPD x Adidas

See Ryan McGinley’s Good, Loving Vibes Photographed for Pharrell x Adidas

We’ve already spoken about Pharrell’s upcoming, neon-hued collab with Adidas. But now, the campaign images are here, shot by esteemed photog Ryan McGinley.

In tune with Pharrell’s “HAPPY” vibes, they celebrate love and equality.

“The collaboration between adidas and Pharrell Williams is built on a vibrant sense of optimism, highlighting the importance of equality. Featuring a cast of millennials of all races, ethnicities, and genders, the campaign depicts people from all walks of life, coming together in ways that signify unity and acceptance. These colorful, fun, and optimistic scenes epitomize and embody the spirit of Pharrell Williams and his ongoing work with adidas Originals,” according to the press release. All good things. 

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You can shop this Friday, October 31st at Adidas.

The Adidas x Barbour Collab is a Perfect, Unexpected Mix

Adidas churns out constant cool collaborations, with everyone from superstars like Pharrell to their ongoing collaboration to skate company Palace. Their collaborations never disappoint, in part because the chosen collaborators are curators, tastemakers, and arbiters of style themselves. Barbour on the other hand, is a downright classic. A Barbour Beadnell jacket is nothing new and yet it’s timelessly chic and always in that covetable, effortless way. In fact, the company originated in 1894.

Together, the brands merged their unique DNA; Barbour’s anglo-outdoorsiness and military edge with Adidas’s top-notch sportswear. If you think about it, the collab is perfect–the DNA of each brand is timeless. Sportswear, whether for a soccer game or a polo match, remains practical always, and yet, somehow both niches have also carved a place in the fashion-iest closets around.

Collaborations are a dime-a-dozen, but this one will certainly stand the test of time, and win any cost-per-wear assessments… you can shop it starting November 8.

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Get in on Pharrell’s Luxury Adidas Collaboration

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Fans of Pharrell’s conversation-starting fashions are in luck. Even if you don’t want to wear the infamous Vivienne Westwood hat, chances are the rest of the guy’s style speaks to you.

Starting Saturday (10/18), you can pick up a Pharrell-ified classic–the Adidas Superstar Jacket, done up by the fashion icon/music mogul. The polyester tricot jacket is done up in micro-perforated Nappa leather, has a slight crop, and updated sleeves. And since everything old is (in fashion, always) new again, the classic bomber shape is as relevant as ever.

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Weekend Shopping: Adidas Originals x Palace Pop Up for Pro-Level Chic Athleticwear

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Adidas is now the industry standard for athletic partnerships with design’s avant-garde–from their ongoing collab with Y-3 to smaller collections with everyone from Jeremy Scott and Rick Owens to Pharrell and Kanye.

Though their newest collaboration with Palace–the British skate brand–is high-fashion (Palace is sold at Dover Street Market, so it’s undeniable), the brand’s sensibility is more contrarian adolescent than atelier.

Founder Lev Tanju says: “We like weird stuff, we don’t want it to be normal. If people don’t get it, that’s even better, because there’s nothing really to get. It’s just clothes we wanted to make,” which kind of sounds like everything I said to my mom in the early aughts. But–it works, really well. In the past six months, I’ve transitioned to wearing gym “inspired”, (or just gym) clothes at every chance I get (controversial, I know), and, to that end,  Tanju’s geometric– “We find shapes that we like, then change things and take from other things” –sweatshirts, track pants, and windbreakers, are actually everything.

Get your weekend shopping on and check out the NYC pop up shop starting tomorrow from 11 a.m. at 201 Mulberry Street.

Forget Kanye, Adidas Wants Mary Katrantzou

Ali Michael wears Mary Katrantzou for Oyster magazine. Photo by Petra Collins.

It’s hardly spring and we’re counting down the days ’til fall… Adidas Originals announced their latest designer collaborator; after filing Stella McCartney, Yohji Yamamoto, and even Kanye West under their belt, Adidas is on to London-based Mary Katrantzou, whose mega-printed, mega-colorful designs will grace athletic wear and sneakers come November. Adidas plans for this relationship to go the distance — she ain’t no one season (wo)man.

In a press release, Dirk Schoenberger, Adidas’ Global Creative Director for the sports style division, said:

“The collaboration between adidas and Mary Katrantzou merges the exceptional talent of one of the most interesting designers of today and a company that embraces many different cultures from sports, pop, music and fashion. I admire Mary’s extraordinary sense of printing techniques, colours and silhouette that will bring another amazing new aesthetic to the adidas originals women’s collection.”

Katrantzou, who’s been known to turn a lampshade into a mini skirt and make it look feminine, funky, interesting, and wildly enough, pretty, is an exciting choice. How many seconds after launch will it take for the surely-kaleidoscopic sneaks to sell out?

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