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You just can’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 wouldn’t be as fascinating, fast-paced and fabulous without a healthy – 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 – who wouldn’t? So here are some of The Style Spy’s top fashion collabos for past and current seasons.

1. Stella McCartney for Adidas. Yes, everyone loves to work out in their Lululemons, but McCartney’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 won’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 industry’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 Miu’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 – who I had the pleasure of interviewing a couple years back for an L.A. publication – has released a 60s and 70s, Alice in Wonderland-influenced shoe line with the footwear retailer for Spring 2008. Bendet’s own love for sky-high wedges – 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 I’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 Bacci’s. Alice + Olivia for Payless is available at select stores and online at www.payless.com this Spring.

May Globus, The Style Spy
may@thestylespy.com

 

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Reader's Comments

  1. Target doesn’t ship to Canada.

  2. We probably won’t be able to get the Alice + Olivia line in Vancouver. The Robson store

    never got the Patricia Field line at Christmas and the Robson location is the flag ship store. Payless.com doesn’t ship to Canada. Sad but true:)

  3. Closest Target is in Bellingham! I wish they’d open a Target here. LOVE Target.

  4. Oooh I love Alice + Olivia! Good to know! Thanks!

  5. saw all this at nitrolicious.com lol! i still love style spy for everything vancouver

    :D

  6. ok i have to take back my earlier comment about Alice + Olivia not being available in

    Vancouver….they have the wedges at the Robson store…hopefully they will get the rest too. They re-stock on Tue & Thur.