Spring is going to be a killer season for fantastic collaborations. Collaborations have become hugely popular and have allowed fashion designers — Derek Lam, the Mulleavy sisters, and Chloe Sevigny among them — to step outside their niche and try something new. From luxury to budget, we've highlighted the top collaborations you should check out and stock up on before they're gone.
For those who have been surviving the snow, ice, wind, and cold for what feels like an eternity, cheer up because Spring is only three weeks away! We'll be focusing on getting our Spring and Summer style in order this month, and to kick it off we have all the things to get us through the transitional weather — layering knits, new denim silhouettes, and chunky platforms to wear with socks are just the start. Click through our top 10 must haves this month and start making your shopping list.
Mia Wasikowska looked like a budding starlet as she arrived at the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards. We're especially obsessed with her Rodarte for Opening Ceremony lace-ruffled dress, but love her dual-toned pumps as well. Mia wore little else, but we added some silver accessories for a little punk panache. Shop the exact dress, with all the rest, now.
Mia Wasikowska's dressed in an ecru Opening Ceremony piece in the same spirit as Jennifer Lawrence's white corseted gown, but shorter and with lots of layering. It's interesting to see how the same concept plays out in two very different dresses. Do you like Mia's ruffled shoulder swags and lace layers? Vote on all of our Independent Spirit Awards polls here!
The talented ladies of Rodarte debuted their collaboration in Opening Ceremony stores and online today — and just as you'd imagine, the collection Kate and Laura Mulleavy designed is fabulously cool. With a blend of lace-up leather jackets and shorts, floral prints, sandy tones, and vintage-inspired accessories, we're reminded of desert landscapes and a retro style sense. The women's collection retails from $250 to $2,200. Click through to preview our favorites, then shop it all.
>> Rodarte fans unite: Laura and Kate Mulleavy's collection for Opening Ceremony is now available online and in stores. “We were kind of thinking about dusty landscapes — it could be here in California, it could be in any of those places that you imagine on a road trip,” Laura Mulleavy told WWD. “I think that’s pretty much a universal look within the U.S.” And when time allows them, Laura and Kate still find themselves hitting the road. “We grew up that way, too,” said Laura. “The first time that we went on an airplane, it was a really big deal in our family because most of the time we’d be traveling in the US in RVs or [doing] different types of camping. We pretty much saw the whole country over the years through driving. That just seems like a really important thing to us.” There was also a big distinction between designing for their signature collection and for Opening Ceremony: “One huge difference was being able to do things in different colors and having different options and seeing them along in the process,” said Mulleavy. “We don’t design that way for the collection of our own. We’re really precise like, ‘this has to be this color,’ and if it’s not working out, right at the beginning, we switch it pretty quickly.”
Furthermore, the collection marks the sisters' first foray into designing menswear: “It’s a lot more limiting,” said Mulleavy. “It’s harder to make a jacket really beautifully done for men when you have so much freedom when you’re doing one for a woman. I feel like there’s a different set of rules somehow. Even if you could break them, they’re still there.” The women's collection retails from $250 for a top to $2,200 for a lace-up leather jacket, accessories start slightly lower, and the men’s line ranges from $250 to $750. Rodarte and Opening Ceremony also plan on continuing the love with a second collection in the future. Peep the slideshow for our favorite looks from the collection.
Opening Ceremony partnered with Levi's for a third time, this time on a collection of chambray pieces. We couldn't be more excited, as chambray is a Fab wardrobe staple. The pieces will retail from $175-$300 and will be available through both brands. Here's a sneak peek of the collection, which Opening Ceremony pal Terry Richardson shot. If you feel deja vu, it's because Terry also shot their Spring 11 lookbook with Lindsey Wixson.
>> Levi's and Opening Ceremony are continuing the lovefest with a third collaboration together, this time focusing on Levi's iconic cotton chambray. Terry Richardson, who also shot the brand's Spring lookbook, captured Anais Pouliot and actor PJ Ransone wearing the 8-piece collection, priced from $175 to $300, which will hit Levi’s stores, Levi.com, and Opening Ceremony during New York Fashion Week.
>> With designers like Rag & Bone, Derek Lam, and Calvin Klein highlighting white ensembles on their runways, we're convinced that the colorless hue is going to be a big thing come Spring. Get a head start on the look now — and some white-hot inspiration — with our picks from Elizabeth and James, Opening Ceremony, and Jenni Kayne.