Best Of 2016: The Major Fashion Collaborations Your Wardrobe Should Have Had
I’d not like to delve into everything that 2016 was not, but if I have to talk about the fashion space, this was the year of some of the choicest collaborations. There was much anticipation as well as hype created when two designers from a French luxury label created a uber-chic line with a fast-fashion brand. Brands worked on marketing strategies to get supermodels and celebrities on board and involve them in the designing aspect of the collection. There were some luxe stores that still tapped into nostalgia and collaborated with Disney to create something fun and new. Obviously, there were so many things one needed to keep a tab on this year, and way too many wishlist additions given how many fashion codes were formulated at one time. In case your sartorial eye missed a few, worry not! Here’s a look at the year gone by, and all the best fashion collabs you wish you can stock in your wardrobe.
1. Tommy Hilfiger X Gigi Hadid
After being a constant on the runway for over three seasons for Tommy Hilfiger, the model of the year Gigi Hadid seemed like the perfect name for a brand collaboration. Designing a capsule collection for Hilfiger, that includes everything from sportswear, footwear, watches, sunglasses, and a new fragrance, all for women, the line exudes a “classic American cool” aesthetic. There’s no doubt that with this partnership, Gigi has placed herself on top of fashion’s noteworthy people’s list.
2. Rihanna X PUMA Fenty
When PUMA named Rihanna their Creative Director back in 2014 to keep an eye on the design aesthetics of womenswear, we knew that there’d be collabs named after her. And this year, we saw her debut release which sold out in 35 minutes post launch. From trainers to 2016s favourite shoe silhouette creepers, the collab was a successful move for the sportswear brand. A campaign starring supermodel Naomi Campbell, Fenty X Puma Fall/Winter 2016 campaign was just like the designer footwear — chic and fearless. On the first week of December, Rihanna also released a luxe velvet edition of these creepers.
3. Kenzo x H&M
After a successful stint of Olivier Rousteing and H&M on Balmaination, everyone was curious about the brand H&M would partner with next. And when the news if Kenzo X H&M broke in May, fashion folks lost it (out of joy). This probably has been one of the most talked about collabs of the year, with a bold collection that exuded maximalism.
4. Coach X Mickey Mouse
With British designer Stuart Vevers reinventing the all-American heritage brand, we saw a fun collab between Coach and Disney. The designer used the world’s famous mouse as the signature motif on a line of leather bags as well as ready-to-wear. No doubt Mickey Mouse is a famous American pop icon, and this was a great way to celebrate both American pop culture and the brand’s 75th anniversary.
5. Apple Watch Series 2 X Hermès
The release of the Apple Watch Series 2 that marked a partnership between Hermès and the tech brand, was in a bid to lure the fashionable, nerdy and the fit (all in one). Taking inspiration from the success of their first collab, the watches launched in this edition were water-resistant and sleek.
6. Alexander Wang X Adidas Originals
Don’t we all think this teaming up took way too long, given both Wang and Adidas are about sports chic at its best. Nonetheless, like they say better late than never. Giving a designer twist to classic athletic staples, the Adidas line featuring Wang’s sartorial sensibilities was everything 2016 — given athleisure was the flavour of the fashion season.
7. Nike X Riccardo Tisci
Givenchy’s Creative Director Riccardo Tisci has been a collaborator with Nike for about the past two years. But after the release of NikeLab, a black Dunk that was launched in February this year, the brand decided to merge Tisci’s design sensibility with their innovative sports technology to create NikeLab x RT: Training Redefined. A collection of active apparel perfect for highly athletic, the line included everything from t-shirts, tights, crop tops, and shorts in two styles — a black and white pallete as well as a floral printed one.
8. Rihanna X Manolo Blahnik
The one rockstar you can’t get enough of is RiRi. You can’t deny that the singer/songwriter owns her look and always has an edge when it comes to her style. Given her love for sky-highs, we weren’t surprised when she collaborated with designer Manolo Blahnik to create her signature line of shoes. The stunning collection is nothing but #ShoePorn. Have you even seen those embellished, high denim boots? They’re a shoe lovers dream.
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