Hot Right Now: Denim x Designer collaborations

As a further sign that denim rules the world, traditional jeans labels are increasingly teaming up with designers to produce covetable capsule collections. Two of the most recent are Liberty of London x Levi’s and Mary Katrantzou x Current/Elliott. The former is the perfect partnership between the gorgeous floral Carlin print and a classic American label while the latter includes Katrantzou’s signature prints for a more graphic look. I especially love the passport stamps on the Current/Elliott dress but what makes both collaborations so wearable stems from the timeless, casual appeal of denim.

Collections are available here:

Levis X Liberty Womenswear | Womenswear | Liberty London.

MARY KATRANTZOU X CURRENT ELLIOT | AT MY-WARDROBE.

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Levis x Liberty Western Shirt

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Levis x Liberty Anorak

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Levis x Liberty Flare Skirt

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Levis x Liberty Tank Dress

Mary Katrantzou x Current/Elliott Apollo dress

Mary Katrantzou x Current/Elliott

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Mary Katrantzou x Current/Elliott

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Mary Katrantzou x Current/Elliott

Mary Katrantzou x Current/Elliott

Mary Katrantzou x Current/Elliott

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Antipodium for Asos

Sporty luxe, as exemplified by NY designer Alexander Wang, was a big theme during the S/S13 fashion shows. Although I love retro trainers, the best part of this trend is the use of mesh. Previously found only in high school gyms (remember those practice jerseys?), mesh has become a go-to material for shoes, tops and even dresses. Asos’ latest collaboration with London-based Australian label Antipodium features amazing court shoes with sheer mesh sides. Available in 3 color combinations, the heel is just the right height at 3″ to make them wearable and at £75 an easy way to dip into the sporty trend. While I teamed my black/cork pair with Uniqlo skinny jeans, the delicate stiletto heel lend itself to glam options as well.

Click here to purchase: Antipodium | ASOS.

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Hot Buy of the Day: Prabal Gurung for Target lace blouse

NY designer Prabal Gurung’s collection for Target has just arrived in stores and online (Prabal Gurung for Target : Designer Collection : Target.com.) and, in my opinion,  it’s one of the retailer’s strongest collaborations. Inspired by love, Gurung’s pieces feature beautiful prints (“First Date” is particularly cheerful) and easily wearable silhouettes. If  you only buy one item though, make it the lace-front blouse. White lace was a prominent feature on many runways from Vanessa Bruno to Roberto Cavalli but Erdem did it best by mixing this traditional fabric with bright colors. Gurung’s sulphur lace detailing updates the classic white shirt for warmer weather and is easily dressed up (pencil skirt and heels) or down (jeans and sandals) depending on the occasion. The best part is that it only costs $34.99!

Click here to purchase: Prabal Gurung For Target® Lace-Front Blouse -Whi… : Target.

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Clarks + Eley Kishimoto

Finally something to get me through the Winter doldrums: a new collaboration between High Street footwear store Clarks and print duo Eley Kishimoto. The latter, founded in 1992, have worked with the biggest names in fashion including Alexander McQueen and Marc Jacobs and are known for their iconic designs. For Clarks, they’ve produced a Spring/Summer capsule collection consisting of courts, wedges and desert boots in bright, geometric prints. The courts are my favorite as they perfectly capture the lower heeled trend (mercifully) promoted by designers at the moment. Although not available for purchase until March 1,  Clarks has wisely included a “Notify me when in stock” option so be ready because these are sure to sell out quickly!

Click here for more details: Women’s Eley Kishimoto & Clarks Shoe Collection. Priced from £69.99.

Narciso Rodriguez for Kohl’s

Not content with letting Target have all the attention, U.S. mass retailer Kohl’s has begun its own designer collaboration venture called DesignNation. The first collection with American Narciso Rodriguez is an homage to the designer’s clean lines. Although known for working with celebs like Carolyn Bessette (who can forget that wedding dress?) and Michelle Obama, Rodriguez’s use of the bias cut and clever color-blocking flatters anyone who wears his designs. In my opinion, the ponte sheath dress in black and white is an absolute must-have for $64 although I’m also partial to the mulberry/burgundy color combination! Sadly, Kohl’s only ships within the U.S. so American ladies should get a move on because the collection is apparently available for a limited time only.

Available to purchase online here: Women: Narciso Rodriguez for DesigNation | Kohl’s.

Mary Katrantzou for Longchamp: still in stock!

Unsurprisingly, Mary Katrantzou’s collaboration with Topshop was a runaway success as the line, which featured her signature baroque prints, sold out within hours. Luckily Ms. Katrantzou, arguably the hottest UK based designer of the moment, has teamed up with French heritage brand Longchamp to update their ubiquitous canvas travel bags. The result does not disappoint as the beautiful digital prints reflect the theme of  “the meeting between East and West” according to Longchamp’s website. The colors are bright and dazzling and are further enhanced by the inclusion of Japanese lanterns, temples and flowers. The best news though is that these bags can actually be purchased (i.e. are in stock)  both at Longchamp stores and online. I found it unusual that Longchamp’s site doesn’t actively promote this collaboration, instead featuring Kate Moss’ collection on the front page, but personally I think the 4 bags below are better collector’s items!

For purchase, check Longchamp’s website (http://www.longchamp.com). Bags cost between £94-£345.

Marni for H&M

Just over one month removed from their highly successful collaboration with Versace, H&M’s next joint venture is with cool girl label Marni. Although both brands are based in Milan, Versace and Marni couldn’t be more different style-wise so I commend H&M for reaching out to a diverse fan base!  Whereas Versace is all about the bling, designer Consuelo Castiglioni focuses on abstract prints and color block separates in simple cuts. Having viewed the collection for H&M, available in stores and online March 8, I am impressed by how thoroughly Castiglioni interpreted her designs for a lower price point. The geometric prints and earthy color palettes are still present – I love the oversized dots! – but unlike many High Street collaborations , this collection retains its sophisticated yet quirky vibe much beloved by fashion insiders. Plus, the clothes lend themselves to all weather as the tribal dresses are perfect for the summer yet can be layered with light knits for A/W.

p.s. Don’t forget to check out the jewelry as the ribbon necklaces in particular are very similar to Marni’s main collection.

The lookbook can be viewed online at Vogue.co.uk

Mary Katrantzou for Topshop!

I am so excited about this collaboration which is the reason for the gratuitous exclamation point in the title. Mary Katrantzou has regularly wowed fashion critics with her signature digital prints at London Fashion Week but I think a true testament to her popularity is that her clothes sold out on Net-a-Porter almost immediately after being posted.  But at £885 per dress, most can’t afford her designs which is why the collection for Topshop should be a runaway success (elbows at the ready!) Although still more expensive than the usual designer / High Street joint venture (most dresses seem to retail between £150-£350), this is your chance to buy into fashion history without taking out another mortgage. Here’s a preview of what will be available at Topshop on February 17.

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