Thursday, January 7, 2010

Mark your Calendars: The Best Designer Collaborations in 2010

In recent years, high-end designers and the High Street thought of a marvellous plan to boost their sales: collaborate on capsule collections. In 2009 there were some lowlights (Matthew Williamson for Debenhams would be one), but lots and lots of highlights. Among some of the best collaborations of last year were Jill Sander's part one collection for Uniqlo, Jimmy Choo for H&M, and among my personal favourites Erickson Beamon jewerly for Target (I adore my diamante and leather chain necklace pictured below).
I put together a list of the most awaited designer collaborations in the first part of 2010. Some of them have already started (like Rodarte for Target and Jill Sander for Uniqlo). I also gave each collaboration a WOW factor rating, which stands for the likelihood I will be queuing from early hours in the morning to ensure I get my hands one of the key pieces. The rating is on the scale from 1 to 5, with 5 meaning I will be pitching a tent outside of the store the night before.



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Sonia Rykiel for H&M Part TwoStart Date: 20th February 2010WOW Factor: 5
This is second collaboration by Sonia Rykiel with H&M. Last year she launched a lingerie line, which I didn’t even bother checking out. First of all I wouldn’t be the silk pajamas kinda gal; secondly Sonia Rykiel wouldn’t be dubbed as queen of knits for designing silk pajamas! Hence, I’m patiently awaiting her second effort, in which we’ll see plenty of color and gorgeous knitwear. The pics of 2010 resort collection above makes my heart skip a beat…


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Jill Sander for Uniqlo Part Two
Start Date: 7th January 2010 (***TODAY***)
WOW Factor: 4


OK, I was very unlucky, as there is no Uniqlo in Dublin and by the time I got to one on Oxford street, all the key pieces were gone. From the pics of the coats and beautifully tailored jackets, I presume the second collection launching today will be just as good if not better. I find it very difficult to find a perfect blazer on the High Street and Jill Sander’s impeccable tailoring paired with Uniqlo’s reasonable pricing hits the jackpot!

Source: www.fabsugar.co.uk

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Mary Katrantzou for TopshopStart Date: 18th February 2010
WOW Factor: 4


I love Mary’s psychedelic prints. There is nothing like this out there and I bet you her capsule collection for Topshop will be a hit! I’d love to get a dress with her trademark bold prints. Think last year’s Christopher Kane for Tophop but ten times bigger!

Sources: insideout.topshop.com/blog

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Jean-Paul-Gaultier for TargetStart Date: 7th March 2010
WOW Factor: 4



I will be booking a trip stateside or have my friends visit Target with a long shopping list, coz I bet you Jean Paul Gaultier won’t disappoint. This collaboration is bound to be breathtaking, wacky and bold in the Gaultier way.

Source: Stylehop.com

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Mark Fast for Topshop
Start Date: February 2010
WOW Factor: 3

Mark Fast’s SS 2010 collection was an inspiration. From employing plus-size models to designing cobweb dresses, it keeps me very intrigued about what he will design for Topshop. He won’t go wrong in making one of those cobweb pieces. Not very practical but oh so beautiful!

Source: style.com

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Henry Holland for Debenhams
Start Date: 8th February 2010
WOW Factor :3



The preview pics of Henry Holland’s collection for Debenhams look great. I love the summer dresses and mini denim jackets. It’s all very quaint and has a flirtatious summer feel.

Source: www.fabsugar.co.uk

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Rodarte for Target
Start Date : December 20th – January 31st 2010
WOW Factor: 3



I would have given this collaboration Factor 4, but as it has launched in the US and having seen the key pieces already, I’m a little disappointed. The cute little black dress would be standout piece. Not a fan of canary chiffon dresses, nor the granny cardigans…


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Ashish for Topshop
Start Date: 3rd February 2010
WOW Factor: 2





There shall be lots and lots of spike and stud action on this sportswear capsule collection. The above outfit reminds me of something Rihanna would wear on a long-haul flight...

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/



There is talk of much more designer collaborations in 2010, among them Jonathan Saunders for Topshop, Vivienne Westwood for Lee, Stella McCartney for Adidas. I’m giving them all WOW factor of 1! But my expectations can always be exceeded )P

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