Business-driven pairings, designers teaming up with celebrity friends, longtime capsule lines or one-off limited edition collections, the modern fashion collaboration takes many forms but they all have the same end goal: to make their product accessible to a wider audience and to enjoy some invaluable hype in the process. Here, we’ve listed our top five new partnerships worthy of your attention…
COLE HAAN x RODARTE
Design duo sisters Laura and Kate Mulleavy of Rodarte have lent their whimsical signature to American accessories brand Cole Haan with a capsule range of bags and shoes in a bright color palette of bubblegum pink, crimson red and metallic. Recreating classics of ankle boots, pumps, slip-on sneakers, circle bags and shoppers in embossed faux croc leather, lace, studs and nylon detailing, all with a Cole Haan spin, the Rodarte sisters have created a truly covetable collection. See the campaign shots for how to style. The Cole Haan x Rodarte capsule collection will be available in Cole Haan stores in October, with additional styles launching in November.
TOMMY HILFIGER x ZENDAYA
Actress-turned-singer-turned-designer Zendaya has paid tribute to the style icons of Harlem for her second and final collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger, taking a fresh approach to 70s staples of bell-bottomed suiting, midi-length skirts, knee-high boots, fuzzy leopard-print coats, silver lame dresses, snakeskin pants and plenty of polka dot. Staged as a see-now, buy-now show, there’s no time to waste to bag your favorites.
ALEXANDER WANG x BVLGARI
Known for his downtown aesthetic, deconstructed tailoring, leather and slogan tees, Alexander Wang seems an unlikely candidate to collaborate with an uber luxe bag behemoth such as Bvlgari. But opposites do, in fact, attract and their new collaboration – “Serpenti Through the Eyes of Wang” – sees a reinvention of the Serpenti Forever bag in six new styles, including the hero belt bag (a statement piece that can be worn around thr waist, as a cross-body or over the shoulder), the double flap Duette, the Triplette shoulder bag, the Shopping tote, the new Minaudiere and the two-in-one satchel.
LOUIS VUITTON x JONAS WOOD
Louis Vuitton’s celebrated relationship with the art world continues to flourish with the launch of a textile collection, designed in collaboration with American artist Jonas Wood. Known for his colorful prints and paintings with motifs including basketballs, vegetation and pottery, Wood has applied some of his signatures, alongside Vuitton’s classic LV monogram, to graphic shawls, scarves and stoles in wool and silk. On sale worldwide from September 12th
STELLA MCCARTNEY x HUNTER
Relentless in her ethical mission, McCartney has joined forces with British heritage brand Hunter to launch sustainable and vegan Wellington boots. Debuted during the designer’s Fall 2019 show in Paris, the natural rubber boots (sourced from sustainably-managed, certified forests in Guatemala), are a reinterpretation of Hunter’s signature design and feature sculptural soles, sock inserts and sporty treads in three colorways of black, clatter grey and olive. Available to buy this month from Stella McCartney stores, Hunterboots.com and key global stockists.