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Nov 27, 2015

The best designer collaborations of the last decade

By: Liz Guber

Author: Elle Canada

Trends
Nov 27, 2015

The best designer collaborations of the last decade

By: Liz Guber
 

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The best designer collaborations of the last decade.

Christopher Kane x Topshop

When: Fall 2009   At 39 pieces, this was Topshop’s biggest designer collection to date at the time. The collab featured sky-high platform shoes, printed tees and plenty of grommet embellishment and proved that high-wattage designer collabs aren’t just found at H&M.   READ MORE: 13 bodysuits that will elevate any outfit

By: Liz Guber Source: Topshop Credits: ELLE Canada

The best designer collaborations of the last decade.

Acne x Lanvin

When: Winter 2008   The storied French fashion house teamed up with the cool Swedish label to put a new spin on denim – turning it into suits, dresses, coats, jewellery and bags. The collaboration was so successful it continued until 2011.   READ MORE: 15 anything-but-boring ways to wear denim

By: Liz Guber Source: Acne x Lanvin Credits: ELLE Canada

The best designer collaborations of the last decade.

Kanye West x Louis Vuitton

When: Summer 2009 Before the Yeezy Boost, Kanye lent his vision of the ultimate luxury sneaker to Louis Vuitton. The collection consisted of tonal low tops and high tops as well as a boat shoe, each emblazoned with LV’s signature patterns. Pops of neon pink on the soles were adventurous to say the least.   READ MORE: A guide to raiding your boyfriend's closet  

By: Liz Guber Source: Louis Vuitton Credits: ELLE Canada

The best designer collaborations of the last decade.

Comme des Garçons x H&M

When: Fall 2008   Prior to bringing cult label Maison Martin Margiela on board, the mass retailer tapped Rei Kawakubo of the avant-garde label Comme Des Garçons. The resulting collection was quirky, yet covetable (we’re still searching eBay for it today!).   READ MORE: Our dream H&M collaborations

By: Liz Guber Source: H&M Credits: ELLE Canada

The best designer collaborations of the last decade.

Kenzo x Vans

When: Fall 2013   There were 5 installments of this collab between the California sneaker brand and the French fashion house. The final drop featured high tops and slip-ons printed with tigers, clouds and playful zigzags in keeping with Kenzo’s signature graphic and energetic style.   READ MORE: The best things that $50 will buy you right now

By: Liz Guber Source: Vans Credits: ELLE Canada

The best designer collaborations of the last decade.

Tommy Ton x Club Monaco

When: Spring 2012   Superstar Canadian street style photog Tommy Ton created two unisex bags for the retailer, a messenger and a backpack, inspired by his own globetrotting lifestyle.   READ MORE: How to wear lace to the office

By: Liz Guber Source: Club Monaco Credits: ELLE Canada

The best designer collaborations of the last decade.

Victor & Rolf x H&M

When: Fall 2006   Before #BALMAINNATION there was Victor & Rolf for H&M, a romantic and sweet collection dreamed up by the Dutch design duo. The line-up had plenty of heart motifs appearing on blouses and sweaters, and even featured a wedding dress.   READ MORE: The easy and chic uniform you'll love

By: Liz Guber Source: H&M Credits: ELLE Canada

The best designer collaborations of the last decade.

Pierre Hardy x Gap

When: Spring 2011   This little-known collab had major fashion cred. The directional shoe designer Pierre Hardy created clean and modern silhouettes like a grey pointed Mary Jane pump with punchy coral accents.   READ MORE: Has fashion lost its sex appeal?  

By: Liz Guber Source: Gap Credits: ELLE Canada
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