You just canâ€™t open up the glossy pages of a Vogue, W, Elle or NYLON magazine these days without reading about some new collaboration between a fashion brand and a guest designer.
Fashion is a highly interactive world among the creative elements. This industry wouldnâ€™t be as fascinating, fast-paced and fabulous without a healthy â€“ and necessary — dose of music, art, product design and, dare I say, celebrity. People like to own a piece of fashionable luxury through the interpretation of someone they admire a lower price point â€“ who wouldnâ€™t? So here are some of The Style Spyâ€™s top fashion collabos for past and current seasons.
1. Stella McCartney for Adidas. Yes, everyone loves to work out in their Lululemons, but McCartneyâ€™s designs for the German sport giant brings femininity and ready-to-wear influences to dance, yoga, tennis, running and golf gear. So now, not only will you kick butt on the treadmill, at least your outfit wonâ€™t be the same as 80% of other gals at the gym.
2. Big name designer for Target. This is really a no-brainer among the fashion-eratti and the fashion clueless. The mass retailer has been steadily releasing capsule collections created by the industryâ€™s most coveted designers: Proenza Schouler, Izaac Mizrahi, Sophie Albou of Paul & Joe, Erin Fetherston (pictured above), Luella Bartley and Libertine. An ivory cocoon coat from Erin Fetherston or a Proenza Schouler bustier top at a less than 10% of the runway price? Sign me up.
3. Kirsten Dunst for Lutz & Patmos. Little Miss Dunst has been really marking her territory on the fashion scene, recently posing for Miu Miuâ€™s Spring/Summer 2008 ad campaign. Now she can add guest designer to her burgeoning resume, as she works to launch a comfy capsule collection with well-known, New York-based knitwear label Lutz & Patmos (pictured above). The actress joins a roster that includes Liv Tyler, Julianne Moore, Sophia Coppola, Christy Turlington and Carine Roitfeld.
4. Alice + Olivia for Payless Shoes. Designer Stacy Bendet â€“ who I had the pleasure of interviewing a couple years back for an L.A. publication â€“ has released a 60s and 70s, Alice in Wonderland-influenced shoe line with the footwear retailer for Spring 2008. Bendetâ€™s own love for sky-high wedges â€“ seeing as how the designer is so teeny tiny — was most likely a huge inspiration for the Aidan and Alice styles. Metallic flats and faux snakeskin, Converse-like slip-ons round out the collection.
Collaborations in fashion and design are ubiquitous nowadays, I admit. But Iâ€™ll forgive ubiquity to own a little bit of Stella, Isaac, Dunst or Bendet at a fraction of the original price. Stella McCartney for Adidas is available at Aritzia, Hills Of Kerrisdale, Holt Renfrew, Browns and Plenty. Target collections are available online at www.target.com. Lutz & Patmos is available at Bacciâ€™s. Alice + Olivia for Payless is available at select stores and online at www.payless.com this Spring.
May Globus, The Style Spy