When they first started, designer collaborations were Very Addictive Things. Now? Well, they’re rather commonplace, but that doesn’t mean we don’t pay attention. What it does mean is that designers need to work extra hard to keep us interested. It’s safe to say that after a slowish sales period, capsule collections are right back where they started – in a very exciting place, full of must-have merch priced with our bank accounts’ best interests in mind. Here, five of the hottest collaborations of the moment that we can’t wait to make our own.
adidas Originals for Opening Ceremony
Your sense of adventure
must be fully intact before you venture onto this court. Designed in
collaboration with Opening Ceremony, the new adidas Originals collection
offers up the antidote to basic tennis whites and standard running
gear. From offbeat shorts in engaging neon hues to sweet cardigans that
warm up a brisk morning to a pair of wildly striped high-tops, nothing
has been left to chance. A wearable favorite: this pointelle tennis dress
($195) that evokes surprising sweetness.
Converse + Marimekko
Converse hearts Marimekko – and it’s pretty easy to see why. When the two married for their first collection in 2011, it was to serious exaltation – the likes of which sneaker-kind had probably never really witnessed. Super-stylish Marimekko is, after all, responsible for a bevy of enviable, too-cute patterns that only make the already cool Chucks look even better. The new spring collection offers more of the same, in the form of fun casual footwear you didn’t know you absolutely had to have, like these bright floral cuties ($70).
Kate Young for Target
One of the world’s leading stylists, Kate
Young, has teamed up with Target on a range of special occasion attire
that will have you planing events for them instead of the other way
around. Sexiness abounds in the form of satin shorts (to die for),
flirty ruffled dresses that just beg for a fun night out, sleek clutches
and a pair of fierce leopard-print ankle boots. There are also plenty
of practical separates, including this charming peter pan collar dress
($49.99) that’s work- and after hours-appropriate.
Derek Lam for Kohl’s
Derek Lam joined forces with Kohl’s for its DesigNation collection, revealing an assortment of wallet-friendly finds that are true Lam through and through. From the flawless silhouettes to the ladylike patterns that speak to everyone’s inner girly-girl, these are the pieces to buy now if you’ve been pining for a little more Lam in your closet. Highlights: fluid tops with sensually draped necklines, easy summery skirts and this go-to colorblock dress ($42) that promises to make your crazy AM decidedly less manic.
Karl Lagerfeld for Melissa
Yep, this is for real. Karl Lagerfeld has collaborated with fabulous plastic shoe brand Melissa and created four limited-edition pairs that will make even the toughest-to-impress weak in the knees. There are practical pointy toe flats, sweet mary janes and then…these perfectly addictive (and might we add calorie-free?) and rather gasp-worthy stilettos ($186.26) adorned with ice cream cones at the back. Did we mention they’re fruit scented?