Sometimes even the most trusted designers get tired of working alone to execute their singular stylish vision. Most seem to deal with this creative brain-freeze by looking out into the world of fashion and pop-culture to find a collaborator. To mere mortals it’s probably like that moment when you convince yourself that you need to find a boyfriend immediately and re-download Grindr.
This year we’ve seen no shortage of notable collaborations between the brands, designers and famous faces that we love. From the usual suspects at Supreme and Puma finding worthy counterparts in Vans and Rihanna, to the unstoppable juggernaut of Kanye West’s Yeezus collection. In the music world we’re used to seeing artists team up together. Has Pitbull ever actually done a song on his own? No one knows. Still, there’s something about fashion collaborations that generates an added level of hysteria.
When approaching this subject, it’s impossible not to mention H&M. Over the last decade the Swedish retailer has worked with some of the most iconic fashion houses in the world, including Versace, Alexander Wang, Marni, and Balmain. Today sees the in-store and online release of the high-street brand’s latest collaboration, this time with Parisian design house Kenzo.
In celebration of this gound-breaking collection, we’ve decided to have a little fun and list the fashion collaborations that we’d absolutely love to see in the coming years.
Topman x Neil Barrett
Neil Barrett combines precisely-cut tailoring with striking graphics and accurate detailing, creating innovative yet timeless wardrobe staples for the modern man. As the Italian designer celebrates fifteen years of his eponymous label, there would be no better high-street collaborator than Topman, the UK’s most popular men’s retailer. We’d love to see the bomber jackets, shirts and blazers that this partnership would create.
Uniqlo x Fendi
Global Japanese retailer Uniqlo opened their first London store in 2001, and now has an impressive nine large-scale locations in the capital. We’d be intrigued to see what would happen when the luxury Italian design house’s playful motifs and patterns collide with Japanese simplicity.
JW Anderson x COS
JW Anderson is a provocative ready-to-wear brand, celebrated for its androgynous aesthetic. Since launching their first menswear collection in 2008 and womenswear in 2010, the London-based designer has continued to explore the relationship between male and female with his collections. With this in mind, a partnership with COS (H&M’s cooler big brother) would be very exciting. Think boxy cuts, sleek silhouettes and high quality fabrics.
House of Holland x Moncler
Henry Holland was catapulted into the fashion limelight in 2006 with his irreverent ‘fashion groupies’ slogan tees featuring catchphrases such as “uhu Gareth Pugh” and “get your freak on Giles Deacon”. House of Holland is known for it’s bold patterns and tongue and cheek attitude towards fashion. Outdoor clothing giants Moncler merge style with ongoing technological research by harnessing the knowledge of mountaineering experts. Moncler collections combine extreme needs with the day-to-day city life. In particular, we’d love to see a range of puffer jackets with House of Holland’s iconic prints.
Zara x Balenciaga
Spanish high-street giant Zara prides itself on being able to get a garment from the design room to the shop floor in under two weeks. We’re fascinated to see what would happen when this ethos collides with Balanciaga’s uncompromisingly high quality standards. We’d want front row tickets to this all-Spanish clash of the titans.
Acne Studios x Nike
We’ve always wondered what sportswear would look like after a Scandinavian makeover. We’d expect silver trainers and luxurious sweats from this collaboration.
Words // Louis Staples