From “hacking” projects to partnerships we never thought would happen, here are some of the most exciting fashion collaborations happening now.
Since the 2000s, fashion collaborations and partnerships have become a creative way to share ideas and offer unique, hybridized aesthetics. The first of many began when the late Karl Lagerfeld partnered with H&M, which eventually led to a number of collaborations for the multinational clothing company (including recent collaborations with designers Simone Rocha and style icon Iris Apfel). The high-low hype has remained a continuing feat of the most unique fashion collaborations playing off of cross-demographic pairings including Supreme’s much-anticipated collaboration with Tiffany & Co. and later partnerships with Emilio Pucci and Missoni.
Collaborations between esteemed luxury houses have ensued like Gucci and Balenciaga’s “hacking” project and Fendi and Versace’s Fendace. Even Filipino designer Rhuigi Villaseñor’s RHUDE delved into the inter-brand phenomenon when the label collaborated with McLaren for a dynamic line of bomber jackets. Louis Vuitton’s ArtyCapucines line collaborates with six different artists for every collection, while Moncler’s Genius project has an ever-evolving roster of designers. Let’s also not exclude one of the buzziest collaborations of all-time, the Supreme x Louis Vuitton drop that deserves a place as one of the legendary cult collections of the decade (thanks to the collaboration’s winding queues and extensive waiting times).
Fashion has entered a new sartorial terrain where mash-ups are leading to new ways of thinking, proving that partnerships are here to stay. Ahead, see the covetable collaborations that are setting the fashion world alight.
Palace x Gucci
A mirror to the multifaceted identity of contemporary street culture, the Palace x Gucci collaboration is a tribute to out-of-the-box thinking. Merging the aesthetic languages of the inherently Italian fashion house and the nonconformist British label, elements of the road, the rodeo, skate, and sport come together for a diverse collection.
The double-G logo of Gucci and the Tri-Ferg logo of Palace are the centerpiece of the collection, emblazoned on monogrammed minis, baggy jeans, hoodies, bralettes, and duffels. Reminiscent of the Tom Ford Gucci era, shearling jackets, reinterpreted Gucci loafers, two-piece motorbike suits, and tailored skirt suits run rampant throughout the collection (along with signature football jerseys and tracksuits which stay true to Palace’s identity).
Mowalola x New Balance
When Nigerian designer Mowalola Ogunlesi of Mowalola showcased her Spring/Summer 2023 collection for her Paris Fashion Week debut, the room erupted into a round of applause. The label is known for its sensual designs and experimental silhouettes (shown in the form of cross-embellished veils, hooded bodysuits, and midriff-baring tailored coordinates). The Spring/Summer 2023 capsule Burglarwear unveiled its collaboration with American sportswear label New Balance. Models strutted down the runway in 90/60 sneakers that are reminiscent of the Y2K era. In black/purple/yellow and black/teal/pink colorways, the collaboration is a futuristic riff on the conventional sneaker style.
Lutz Huelle x AZ Factory
AZ Factory is known for its rotating guest designer program. The label’s most recent collaboration is with its latest “amigo,” Lutz Huelle. The Germany-born designer is celebrated for his repurposed garments made from upcycling existing materials. Titled F is for Friendship, the capsule is an expression of camaraderie—an ingrained value of the brand and its founder, the late Alber Elbaz. Rock-and-roll elements such as sequins, denim, and crystals were merged with concise tailoring throughout the collection. Billowing forms, vibrant floral prints, and three-dimensional skirts make this capsule one to watch.
Jacquemus x Nike
Beloved French fashion label Jacquemus is celebrated for its romantic silhouettes found in vibrant vacation-ready ensembles. When news broke that designer Simone Porte Jacquemus was exploring sportswear particularly with activewear giant Nike, the partnership sent fans into a frenzy. A neutral minimalist capsule unfolded between the two labels with a distinct aesthetic that bridged Parisian fashion with athletic sensibilities. Form-fitting pieces like ribbed polos with an open back and bodysuits with detachable skirts make this understated collection a standout collaboration.