With 2017 right around the corner, the time has come to look at the many collaboration we have seen on the Highstreet and Runway through 2016. With Luxury fashion, Highstreet and much loved celebrites all included, the past 12 months have seen some of the best collaborations yet.
Kenzo X H&M
On 25 May, H&M and Kenzo announced that collaboration between the two labels was in the works. We knew this meant a collection rich in colour, print and detail was on its way. At that time, the collaboration and work with putting the collection together had already been going on for quite some time. H&M and Kenzo’s design teams met for the first time in November 2015, just weeks after the Balmain x H&M collection had flown off the shelves.
With Kenzo being based in Paris and H&M in Stockholm, the meeting took place in a low-key studio in New York City. There, Kenzo’s creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon unravelled their vision for the collaboration: a collection celebrating the brand’s history by reproducing iconic pieces from the 70s, 80s and 90s, and connecting them to the contemporary street aesthetic that Lim and Leon introduced when taking the control in 2011.
Gigi Hadid X Stuart Weisman
Back in October, Stuart Weitzman announced that Gigi Hadid, who is also the face of the brand's fall 2016 campaign, had recently designed her own limited-edition namesake boot this season. The style was revealed with a new short film directed by friend James Franco. The two minute clip shows Hadid wearing her Gigi Boot in a boxing ring, showing how the heeled boot is durable enough for such intense sports. The shoe itself is a hiker-inspired, lace-up bootie with a combat silhouette, set on a stacked heel with metallic eyelets, duo-toned laces and a detailed collar. The Victoria Secrets model has also designed the shoe in three difference colours – iron grey, copper and black crocodile embossed leather.
Part of the Gigi Boot's proceeds are being donated towards the non-profit charity, Pencils of Promise, as the brand has committed to building three schools worldwide in Ghana, Guatemala and Laos.
Estee Lauder X Victoria Beckham
In partnetship with Estée Lauder, Victoria Beckham created her very own make-up collection inspired by four of her favourite cities - London, New York, L.A. and Paris.
“People often ask me ‘what should a woman have in her wardrobe? What should her key pieces be?’ and I think it’s the same thing with makeup - what are your key pieces, your staples? I believe this collection includes all of the pieces that a woman really needs in her makeup kit” - Victoria Beckham
Jessic a Alba X DL1961
Back in August, Jessica Alba paired up with premium denim label DL1961 on a collection names JaxDL of 10 denim styles. The collection was both in store and on DL1961.com
"It’s my first foray into fashion design, but I know I want to design for women of every body type," Alba said in a press release. "Feeling beautiful and confident in a pair of jeans is what every woman wants, and I want to be able to give them that."
The brand had also posted a video on its Instagram account teasing the collab; check it out here.
Rihanna X Manolo Blahnik
At the beginning of 2016, Manolo Blahnik announced their first collaboration with much loved Rihanna. The collection features six limited-edition designs, priced between £650 and £2,950. The shoes were available exclusively in the London, New York and Hong Kong stores from 5th May.
"This is an incredibly exciting collaboration and I am absolutely thrilled with the results - working with Rihanna has been amazing and her drive, passion, creativity and style has been reflected in the designs, with fabulous results," Blahnik enthusiastically spoke of the collaboration, named Denim Desserts. "I think everyone is going to love what they are about to see."
After debuting her first collaboration with such success, Rihanna and Manolo Blahnik have recently annouced they back with a second collection, named "Savage." Set to debut on November 16, the new designs are all winter boots, including the Dominique, a thigh-high design featuring floral brocade.
Gucci X Gucci Shadow
Back in October 2013, Trevor Andrew, the Olympic snowboarder-turned-artist, cut two holes in a Gucci bedsheet and hit the streets of New York, leaving his tag wherever he could. With that, the GucciGhost, was born. His work caught the eye of Gucci’s Creative Director Alessandro Michele, who brought him on board to customize a collection of Gucci product. The designs were decorated with a graffiti-style copy of the brands double-G logo and other hand-drawn doodles that are in line with the brand's new, playful direction.
Andrew has since been given more responsibility, as he has taken over Gucci's Fifth Avenue flagship in New York, temporarily redesigning the store.
Riccardo Tisci X Nike Lab Active Wear
With two successful trainer collaborations under his belt, Italian designer Riccardo Tisco, has now released a range of performance apparel with NikeLab.
The collection featured both men’s and women’s pieces, each engineered as much for function as fashion. Half the collaboration comes in graphic black and white, with a Tisci style, whilst the other half of the collection was covered in a vibrant floral and kaleidoscope print. The inspiration has taken from flowers from Nike’s home in Oregon; Tisci’s in Taranto, Italy; and Rio de Janeiro, the host city of the 2016 Summer Olympics. The final print has similarities to Tisci’s textile experiments used for Givenchy.
The collection was released twice in July and August across NikeLab stores and on Nike.com
Olivia Palermo X Chelsea 28
February 8, saw the debut of collaboration from Olivia Palermo and Nordstrom’s in-house label Chelsea28, just in time for New York Fashion Week. “It was important to start with life pieces, as I call them,” says Palermo. “Taking a great navy wide-leg pant, for example, and being able to restyle it.”
The collection is comprised of 32 pieces that cover just about every aspect of a working wardrobe: boho dresses, menswear-inspired oxford shirting, and stylish everyday jeans. “Denim is such an important part of one’s wardrobe,” says Palermo, whose collection includes a tailored denim jumpsuit and midi skirt.
The opening price of the collection is surprisingly affordable—just $68.
Mac X Caitlyn Jenner
Caitlyn, previously Bruce Jenner, has used her celebrity status to bring awareness the too-often-ignored struggles of the transgender community by partnering with beauty brand MAC Cosmetics.
With help from MAC, Finally Free, is a limited-edition lipstick created by Jenner. This is a rosy-nude shade chosen to compliment most skin tones and is appropriate for everyday wear, something Jenner was business-savvy about when opting for a nice neutral over a bold color. “I want people to use it every day so they have to buy more,” she says. “I want to raise a lot of money.”
One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the MAC AIDS Fund Transgender Initiative, which will support organizations and programs dedicated to improving transgender lives.
Fenty Puma by Rihanna
Rihanna has partnered up with Puma as Creative Director of Fenty Puma. Rihanna fuses her independent approach to music and fashion, her love of Japanese street culture, and the sport-driven design of PUMA. The result is her debut collection from FENTY PUMA by Rihanna and it's nothing short of fearless.
“I wanted to take Puma to a new place with something unpredictable and unexpected”
With a variety of footwear, apparel, and accessories – many of which made their debut on the runway this February – this collection is extremely controversial with a combination of sport influences, Japanese street culture, and a classic Rihanna edge. From a lacing cami bra to tearaway track pants, the items in this collection are ready to cause a fuss.
Now we are days away from 2017, it’s time to look forward to what the next 12 months will bring for the Fashion Industry.