From Carven to Katrantzou, Don't Forget These Upcoming Collabs


Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura

Lest you got totally buried trying to remember all the designers taking part in eBay’s upcoming holiday collaboration collection, or didn’t hear about anything else over all the noise surrounding Target and Neiman Marcus’s epic, myriad-designer partnership, here’s a helpful reminder of all those other collabs coming up.  Some are for holiday and others are out now, but either way, they’re well worth a look:

1.  Karl Lagerfeld and Shu Uemura:  Some of the best fashion collabs are actually beauty-based.  Don’t forget that Karl Lagerfeld, master of the cross-promotional partnership, is working with the cosmetic company on a Lagerfeld-approved makeup range.  He also personally illustrated a black-bobbed, red-eyed manga girl to advertise the look.  The range debuts online in the U.S. this month.

2.  Uniqlo and Andrea Crews:  You’ll have to head to Paris to get a hold of the line, but perhaps it’ll be worth the trip.  Andrea Crews (which is a design collective, not a person) and Uniqlo will offer quirky, non-cheesy, custom holiday cashmere sweaters, beginning November 5th, only at Colette.  While those will run a few hundred euros, French shoppers will also have the option head to Uniqlo’s Parisian flagship to customize the brand’s basic sweaters with Andrea Crews-selected patches and embroidery.

Isn’t this the best holiday sweater you’ve ever seen?  The Andrea Crews for Topshop line will also help you design your own.

3.  J.W. Anderson and Topshop:  Speaking of eye-catching knits, don’t forget that J.W. Anderson’s line for Topshop is available now.   Anderson is known for unique knits made in Britain — one of his signature designs for the high street chain is a sweater featuring an owl flying across its front.  (There are also printed tees, a Rubik’s cube, and various anchor-adorned duffel bags included in the range.)

Not all of J.W. Anderson’s Topshop collection is so dark and doomy.  There’s also some paisley in the mix.

4.  Carven and Petit Bateau:  Like Andrea Crew’s foray into fast fashion, Carven’s collaboration with Petit Bateau will only be available at the French concept store Colette, at least at its debut.  After the November 5th launch, the line — which includes women’s and children’s clothes — will go on sale at Petit Bateau boutiques worldwide a month later.

A Carven for Petit Bateau dress with a removable Peter Pan collar.

5.  Mary Katrantzou and Current Elliott:  It’s another hit for the Brits — Katrantzou, the forward-thinking English designer, has a capsule collection with Current Elliott debuting in February.   Katrantzou will be applying her offbeat prints and zany but wearable aesthetic to the high-end denim brand.

One look by Mary Katrantzou, featuring a passport stamp motif, for Current Elliott.