The fashion collaborations of fall 2016 prove yet again that fame and fashion often go hand in hand. Designers know they tap into a fiercely loyal fan base with each celebrity fashion line. If you’re looking to spice up your brand, what better way to guarantee an uptick in sales than make your costumers feel like superstars in clothes designed by, well, superstars.
Fashion collabs help the celebrities they depend on, too. If you find yourself admiring a dress in the Miss Piggy x Kate Spade collection, watching The Muppets be slightly more amusing. As the holiday season approaches, many of the designer collaborations of 2016 are coming out in stores to boost clothing sales and promote Christmas albums. If you’re into celebrity fashion, grab these unique looks before they become next year’s vintage!
LEVI’S x VIRGIL ABLOH
What would a company like Levi’s, rich in legacy and collaborations with the finest fashionistas, want that it doesn’t already have? For head of design Jonathan Cheung, the answer is 90s vintage. Virgil, the founder of the Off-White brand and creative director to Kanye West, grew up wearing 90s Levi’s and has infused the new collection his nostalgic memories of stone-washed, red-cast indigo denim and trucker jackets. It’s fresh, relevant, and authentic. Just what a good pair of jeans should be.
NIKELAB x KIM JONES
Everyone knows Nike. Perhaps it’s the reason the company felt they needed a little celebrity fashion pick-up. They didn’t stray far from their usual fare, but decided to focus on efficiency in their fashion collaboration with Kim Jones. Taking inspiration from the sportscaster side of athletics, this collection introduced new Nike Tech Fleece fabric and a collection-specific bag to make the outfit easily transportable.
RAF SIMONS FOR FRED PERRY
What do you get when you mix a Belgian model and an English fashion brand? Sexy jumpers and sophisticated button-downs! This is one of the most consistent fashion collabs. 13 times Raf and Fred Perry have introduced enticing collections together. Here’s to sticking with what already works.
FENTY x PUMA by RIHANNA
The pop star has had successful fashion collaborations with Puma before, so this three-way combination has the potential to become one of the finest designer collaborations of 2016. The unique designs experiment with a streetwear take on 18th-century looks. In fact, Rihanna credits Marie Antoinette as her personal fashion muse. Why not invest in a regal raincoat for the spring with the help of Fenty x Puma by Rihanna?
KENZO x H&M
If you’ve ever wanted to throw caution to the wind with a neon green, faux fur, tiger print jacket, you owe Kenzo x H&M a thank you. The Japanese-Parisian fashion house fused its unique taste with the trend-conscious sensibilities of H&M for fashion collaborations that blend the best of fun and audacity. You’ll see a rise in bright statement pieces next year, so get a head start on the holiday season with this wild fashion collaboration.
MISS PIGGY x KATE SPADE
When Kate Spade starts collaborating with Miss Piggy, you can be pretty sure it’s going to be popular. No matter what a collaboration with a “fictional character” says about our grasp on reality, this collection is gaudy and fun. It’s worth a glance for sure. For more details on this fashion line, click here.
CHRISTOPHER KANE x CHRISTOPHER KANE
It’s a bit of a silly idea, but the popular designer is fashioning a personal salute this fall. For his 10th anniversary, he’s reworking his most iconic prints and graphics like Frankenstein in a limited-edition sweatshirt collection. If you’re passionate about collectible pieces, don’t miss these.
2016 was a grand year for fashion collaborations. Within these distinct collections, you can find everything from shoes to hats. The year leaves us with some exciting things to look forward to as well. Victoria Beckham recently announced she will be working with Target on a new line of clothes for a broader customer base. What do you think of a Victoria Beckham x Target fashion collaboration? Ponder that while you’re shopping Fenty x Puma by Rihanna and Kenzo x H&M in December and let us know in the comments below!
— Julie Grossman