For the New Year, we’ll forgo resolutions about what we will do and focus instead on what others should. (Less personal responsibility always better.) Since we're all for the welfare of this industry and the designers who fuel it, we’ve crafted a list of dream collaborations which could generate huge buzz and dollars. Or maybe not. Read on, enjoy and pray with us that the Fashion God’s make this happen.
Manish Arora x Billy Reid Manish Arora, in all its sequined, sparkling, color-rich glory may seem like a direct opposite to the down-home earnestness of Billy Reid. And they are. But if opposites attract, then these two should come together to create a collection brimming with ribbon trimmed trousers, sequin-collared oxfords and cardigans lovingly touched by tinsel. It will find at least one fan in Paper Magazine’s stylish sequin lover, Mickey Boardman.
Nonoo x Levis Starting way back in the day when she ran the line with besty/business partner Deborah Lyons, Misha Nonoo’s jackets had us at hello. Her glam take on everyday jackets is welcomed, but so would a casual turn. For 2011, we suggest a collaboration with Levis. Transforming their iconic denim jacket into a gold accented statement piece coluld be an instant classic.
Nicholas Kirkwood x Pleaser Shoes What with his new store in London’s posh Mayfair neighborhood and all, it’s clear that Kirkwood is a class act. But life has taught us that every now and then, there’s nothing wrong with stepping into your smuttier side. Hence: Kirkwood x Pleaser Shoes. Pleaser, loved by the best “exotic” dancers you’ll ever meet, is accomplished at creating patent and Lucite platform numbers. Croc-trimmed Lucite heels anyone?
Mary Katrantzou x Marimekko ‘Nuf said.
But we’ll elaborate: The Central Saint Martins grad who is already legendary for her prints and the historic Finnish label, already legendary for it’s prints could be ...well...legendary together. We imagine ripping Katranzou’s prints from all those lovely sheath dresses to totes, aprons and beyond!
Stella McCartney x Reece Hudson Lux leather and rich colors are the hallmark of what makes up-and-coming accessories line Reece Hudson so dope. Sexy, sophisticated design and a strict aversion to leather are what make Stella McCartney dope. Like a carnivore married to a vegan, a collaboration between these two could lead to an interesting--if not permanent--union.
Jeremy Scott x Public School Jeremy Scott epitomizes a quirky urban style sensibility to begin with. For 2011 why not go all the way with a collaboration with one of the chicest urban brands in town, Public School? Denims that fit just-so with a leather crotch could be a site to behold.
Norma Kamali x Nike “Ni-Li” if you will. Afterall, all those soft, draped jersey body suits are just as good for a night on the town as they are for a day at yoga. A lining here, a mesh insert there and you are set to be the most stylish student in your work out class. We’re just saying: Just do it!
Alexis Bittar x Ruby Kobo Over the top drama glama is what sets Alexis Bittar apart from the rest. So we can only imagine how Bittar would elevate Ruby Kobo’s subtly glam thread bracelets, which only hint at sparkle. We’re thinking bold, thickly stacked versions dripped in gold.
Lacoste x LeSportsac There’s no major impetus for this besides the sheer joy of alliteration that comes with saying Lacoste and LeSportsac. Ditto the opportunity to call this collaboration, La’Sportsac. But our witty way with words aside, this could make for one of the lightest--and brightest--gym bags known to man.
Nina Ricci x Theory Is this too much to ask of the universe? Perhaps. But that won’t keep us from dreaming. Taking Olivier Theyskens' new Theory line and designing an evening wear collaboration between Nina Ricci and Theyskens new eponymous line at Theory could be an instant best seller. We imagine Etta James softly cooing her signature song at the private editor preview. After all, art and commerce have united. At last.
Kanye West x Everyone West has showed a penchant for eclectic collaborations with his single, "All of the Lights," which features everyone from Kid Cudi to--wait for it--Elton John! For 2011 the self-proclaimed fashion lover needs to expand his capacity for fashion collabs beyond the legendary Air Yeezy sneakers to shoes with Toms, khaki’s with J.Crew, furs with Fendi and beyond!