This fall has seen an over-saturation of collaborations, starting with Neiman Marcus-Target-eBay-every designer under the sun. Oh, it’s just exhausting. Whatever happened to those easy-to-grasp (and hopefully easy to find) designer-to-designer collaborations? In chronological order, here are five not to forget, lest they fly too far under the radar.
1. Havaianas x Matthew Williamson, out now: The Brazilian flip-flop go-to and the designer Matthew Williamson released a rainboot collaboration just in time for inclement weather. These will pick up a dreary day, no?
2. Roland Mouret for Liberty, out now: To celebrate his new shop-within-a-shop at Liberty, Roland Mouret designed a capsule collection for the British department store. Highlighting particular designers with a dedicated store within a store is a growing retail trend, but this is one of the first times we’ve heard of it being paired with an exclusive line.
3. Rodarte and Starbucks, November 13: Starbucks is releasing this fashionable, limited edition line of stocking stuffers, designed by Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy, just in time for the holidays. The collection includes gift cards, coffee mugs, tote bags, and cup sleeves, i.e., all good last-minute gifts.
4. Nine West and Kirna Zabête, February: Nine West turned to Sarah Easley and Beth Buccini, who own the SoHo-based Kirna Zabête boutique, for a collaboration that will land in several cycles over a period of six months. The women aren’t shoe designers per se, but they sure know how to curate a store — this collection should be quite fun, and more accessibly priced than most of the shoe stock at Kirna Zabête.
5. Caroline Issa for L.K. Bennett, February 19: Also shoe-focused and launching this winter is a six-pair capsule collection that’s the brainchild of Caroline Issa and L.K. Bennett (you know, the Kate Middleton favorite). Issa isn’t a designer, but the fashion director and publisher of Tank magazine. On the other hand, look at her style (above) — her design perspective should pep up the brand that Kate Middleton’s made famous for nude pumps.