But of all the many collaborations we saw this year, four stick out for whipping shoppers into a frenzy and generally dominating conversations in 2013. Prabal Gurung and Phillip Lim's collaborations for Target, Catherine Malandrino's work for Kohl's, and Isabel Marant's partnership with H&M were all superlative, and we want you to vote in our poll by Dec. 16 to decide which was your favorite.
If you haven't bought your holiday look yet, now's the time — L'Wren Scott for Banana Republic just hit stores. And it's not just party dresses you can shop from the from the 50-piece collection! As we learned in the New York Post's Alexa, there are cozier options, too. Of the pajamas, which Scott calls her favorites in the line, she says, "That's all I can think of at Christmas: I get to sleep in!"
As for why Scott chose the brand for her first collaboration, that decision was an equally warm and cozy one: "I have memories of growing up in Utah and saving my money to shop there. I worked for a Banana Republic [campaign] with Herb Ritts, so I have a history with them." With feminine silhouettes, seasonal hues, and prices ranging from $39 to $198, this could easily become our one-stop shop for holiday dressing. Click through to hear more of her interview, sneak a glimpse, and start shopping!
— Additional reporting by Randy Miller
Uniqlo will get a heavy dose of Parisian chic in March 2014 when it launches a collaboration with ultimate French style icon Inès de la Fressange. Her career in fashion has been wildly varied, but de la Fressange served as muse and creative collaborator on the collection, which is meant to serve as an "ideal wardrobe."
She was involved with every detail, down to the fittings, and her French flair shows in the easy but exacting chicness of the clothes. In a release, she says: "An interesting aspect about fashion is that by changing a few centimeters, or millimeters, one transforms the garment. And the more one talks about the 'basics,' and pieces that are easy to wear, the greater the importance of the subtleties that professionals in the business can bring."
After all, de la Fressange quite literally wrote the book on how to dress like a Frenchwoman. Her 2011 tome Parisian Chic: A Style Guide includes advice on everything from how to wear sequined sweaters to the cautionary statement, "Beware of good taste."
De la Fressange confesses to being a fan of the brand ("I often go to Uniqlo during my lunch break"), but what qualifies her to take on such a collaboration? She was once a model and muse to Karl Lagerfeld during his early years at Chanel. (They had a falling out in the early '90s but have since patched things up.) At 56, she can still be seen walking the runway every now and again — most notably for Jean Paul Gaultier in 2009 and Chanel in 2010. For the past 10 years, de la Fressange has worked as a consultant to Roger Vivier, perhaps the most French of all French shoe brands, and since 2011, she's been a spokeswoman for L'Oréal.
Stop, collaborate, and listen: Fall is in full swing, and we're loving all the designer collaborations this season has to offer. Can you blame us? News of innovative and enticing partnerships from labels we love have had us looking ahead to Autumn for months. Now we can mix our Lulu Frost x J.Crew vintage-inspired shoe clips with our Damien Hirst and Alexander McQueen scarves (all while bundled up in our Edith A. Miller x Schott biker jackets, of course). Click on to see all the designer collaborations we're excited to get our hands on.
Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff, the designers behind Meadham Kirchhoff, launched their fourth collaboration with Topshop today, and this one has a pretty theatrical backstory. "This collection for Topshop was inspired by the idea of a band or a gang, which we named The Cherrys," the designers said in a statement. "The overall aesthetic was influenced by Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids, Kembra Pfahler, and glam rock." The designers admit that those myriad references will mean not everyone will love all 89 pieces in the collaboration, and they know that customers will "adapt or reject as they see fit." Still, we're willing to bet you'll find more than a few pieces you love, so shop your favorite pieces now. Bonus: click through to the very end of the gallery to meet the fictitious band, The Cherrys!
Versace, Karl Lagerfeld, Maison Martin Margiela, Lanvin and as of tomorrow Isabel Marant have all done it — so who's next? Now that the latest H&M collaboration is hitting stores we're already hungry for another designer series to be announced.
And as we wait, we can certainly dream! While some of our fantasies are as big as they come (Tom Ford, after all, has touched on the topic of working with H&M and closed the book on the idea . . . for now) others feel like meant-to-be partnerships, like Prada whose quirky sensibility would make for a distinctive and playful pairing. And since we're so enamored with the Olsens' and Victoria Beckham's style, wouldn't their minimalist, tailored aesthetics make a perfect fit with the retailer? Of course, if H&M wanted to take a more dramatic route, they could pursue the romantic stylings of Valentino or dare to walk on the edge with Riccardo Tisci (H&M Bambi sweatshirts, anyone?). Cast your vote for your dream H&M collaboration, or tell us who else you'd like to see in the comments!
Celebrity fashion collaborations can run the gamut, from stars who are intensely involved in the process to those who, well, aren't. We were excited to see which camp Eva Mendes would fall into when she hooked up with New York & Company, and there's no doubt left in our minds: she's a true believer in everything she put out in the Eva Mendes Collection. In October, the busy lady was spotted in two different ladylike looks, both made up of sophisticated blouses and skirts from the line (the accessories, however, aren't New York & Company, and the bag is Marni). Want to buy her exact outfit?
From hosting her recent store opening in LA to starring in her campaigns for almost a decade, Milla Jovovich can claim more than a passing friendship with Isabel Marant. So who more appropriate to dish on the collection on the eve of its opening to the public? (It's almost totally sold out. We know. We feel your pain). Read on to see what the charming beauty said of her designer pal yesterday.
Today is the day we've been waiting for! H&M's collaboration with Isabel Marant will finally be in stores on Thursday, and if you're planning on braving the crowds to shop it, there are some new rules you need to know.
The first 420 customers — a sizable increase from the previous 300-customer rule — in line at each store will be sorted into groups of 30 customers. Each group will wear differently colored wristbands and will have 15 minutes to shop the collaboration. After a five-minute break, the next group will be let in.
If you'd planned on buying eight pairs of those fringe boots, think again — you can only buy four of each item in the offering. Previously, H&M only allowed three days for shoppers to make returns of its collaborations, but now it's giving us a full seven days. After that, all returns will receive a store credit.
And before you gas up the car and head out, consult our list of which locations will be receiving shipments.