2022 is no different from any other year in fashion; we are getting hit with one amazing collaboration after another. With some brands creating never before seen designs and others joining together again, there is something for everyone.
Whether it be in shoes like Crocs NZ, or brands taking inspiration from movies, here are some of the biggest and best fashion collaborations for the year.
Balmain x Barbie
Barbie is one of the most highly-anticipated films of the year, and a collaboration with Balmain has quickly elevated both brands. The small, limited edition collection focuses on high fashion and fun, creating a capsule that represents both brands beautifully.
The designs are super-stylish and echo the classic French stylings that Balmain is famous for, combined with fun colors and design touches that “Barbie fashion” has made famous.
Loewe x Studio Ghibli
Loewe and Studio Ghibli have created a collaboration you never knew you needed. The Japanese animation studio and Loewe have combined to create a fun and imaginative collection showcasing the weird and wonderful Ghibli art.
The bright colors and designs of the items are fun and different in a way we haven’t seen for years. Not to mention that this collab is an incredible sequel to the line we saw last year, Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro.
The North Face x Gucci
The North Face has become famous for collaborating with other major fashion houses. Their second collaboration with Gucci is being touted as the best one yet. The hard lines and silhouettes of North Face combined with Gucci’s color palette and patterns create unique and eye-catching looks.
On top of creating a fantastic line, both brands went the extra mile and used Econyl fabric, an environmentally-friendly and sustainable material both brands are using across the collaboration and in other lines.
Adidas by Prada
Adidas has been diving into high fashion collaborations for a few years now. 2022 has seen them join forces, creating one of the most stylish sportsluxe collections you will ever see.
The garments are incredibly stylish while remaining functional and prove that even a brand like Adidas, seemingly done it all, can still pull off something new and innovative.
Manolo Blahnik for Birkenstock
Birkenstocks have remained pretty much unchanged for as long as anyone can remember. The simple leather and buckle design are synonymous with the brand, and there hasn’t really been a need to change the design.
However, a collaboration with Manolo Blahnik has shown that even the classic Birkenstock sometimes needs an update. The bright sandals with gemstones are not only eye-catching but also remain conservative enough not to be considered kitsch. They are the perfect combination of bold and bright yet reserved and relaxed.
Burberry x Supreme
Supreme is another brand that has thrived when combined with other brands, and this time it is with Burberry. The latter is famed for being a label that epitomizes the country home and London aesthetic, with Supreme being primarily about streetwear.
The collaboration shows off Burberry’s classic check design, combined with small Supreme touches that give it that streetwear edge we have all come to know and love.
Disney x Givenchy
Disney and Givenchy have released a collaboration that shows off classic couture with a touch of playful Disney fun. The designs feature Disney characters on Givenchy shirts and hooded t-shirts that are still very upmarket and stylish.
While the collection is small, it has opened the door to further capsule collections and designs that we will hopefully see in the coming months and years.
What do you get when you combine Fendi and Versace? Fendace is a brand-new collaboration between two of the biggest fashion houses in the world. The designs are edgy and progressive yet super stylish and timeless.
While you may not see the designs being strutted on the street, the collections display the real elegance and art that can be created when two giants in the fashion world work together.
Louis Vuitton & Nike Air Force 1’s
Carrying on the legacy of the late designer Virgil Abloh and his unique design touches, Louis Vuitton has collaborated with Nike to create some of the most highly anticipated Air Force 1’s yet.
The shoes come in all the classic colors, such as white and varsity blue, along with many other colors and patterns that we have seen out of Louis Vuitton. There are also the many nods to Abloh, with words such as “Air” and “Lacet” being found across the designs.
Mowalola x New Balance
New Balance has revolutionized itself and has become one of the most popular streetwear brands on the planet. With multiple collaborations now under their belt, next on the list was Mowalola.
The two labels have created a line representing many fields, such as activewear and sportsluxe, while remaining true to themselves. New Balance is certainly a brand to watch and one that is establishing itself as the competition instead of just another label on the shelf.