Fashion collaborations used to be a rarity, but in 2023 there are more than ever before.
Just last year saw countless brands and celebrities teaming up, from Gucci and Harry Styles to Nike and Jacquemus.
Some have argued that they’re bored of brands working together, even branding them ‘desperate‘ – but I’d argue that it’s a great way to bring together the brightest minds, names, and brands to create groundbreaking collections we can all appreciate.
Not only that, but it gives them a chance to reach a bigger audience, especially when it comes down to price point. Mugler x H&M is a great case in point; the collection was a mere fraction of the cost of a ready-to-wear collection from the designer, and why shouldn’t we all get to enjoy it?
There was a time when collaborations were predominantly limited to a select few major streetwear and sneaker brands. The scale of collabs we witness today was certainly not the norm back then.
So what’s in store for 2023?
We’ve already caught a glimpse of the forthcoming Tiffany & Co twist on Nike’s iconic Air Force 1 sneaker, as well as the aforementioned Mugler collection with H&M. That’s just the tip of the ice berg.
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As we explore the most anticipated collaborations of the year, we’ll delve into the unique vision and talent that each partnership brings to the table and how their synergy has the potential to inspire a new generation of fashion enthusiasts.
From sustainability-focused alliances to the fusion of high fashion and streetwear, these collaborations will redefine how we perceive and experience style.
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Fashion Collabs 2023
Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama
Louis Vuitton’s collaboration with Yayoi Kusama is a colourful and innovative fusion of art and fashion. The bags feature Kusama’s iconic dots and playful pumpkin motifs, adding a touch of avant-garde style to Louis Vuitton’s signature shapes.
This exciting collaboration showcases Louis Vuitton’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of fashion and design through creative partnerships with artists. It’s a must-have collection for anyone looking to add a splash of creativity to their fashion collection.
LV x YK OnTheGo MM Bag, £2,710 – buy now
LV x YK Speedy Bandoulière 20 Bag, £1,830 – buy now
Beyoncé x Balmain
In 2018, Beyoncé’s historic Coachella performance saw the superstar and her team in hundreds of Balmain stunning custom-made outfits, including her famous yellow hoodie and fringed boots.
Fast forward to 2023, and the singer has collaborated with the designer once again to create a 16-piece couture collection, with each look specifically inspired by a song from the Renaissance album.
The duo also worked with the Balmain design team and Beyoncé’s longtime stylist Marni Senofonte, and the collection was featured in Vogue France earlier this year.
As Bey is set to go on tour soon, we’re hoping to see much more of it on-stage!
Jimmy Choo x Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon
Jimmy Choo and Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon have collaborated to celebrate the manga’s 30th anniversary. Led by Jimmy Choo’s Creative Director Sandra Choi, the capsule collection promotes bold individuality, zeitgeist-defining imagery, and female empowerment.
The collaboration showcases Sailor Moon’s ability to inspire and empower women of all ages and backgrounds, and Jimmy Choo’s unique blend of luxury and style, resulting in a truly exceptional collection.
Sailor Moon Varenne Quad XS, £1,450 – buy now
Sailor Moon Boots, 100, £1,325 – buy now
Loewe x Howl’s Moving Castle
Loewe and Studio Ghibli created an enchanting collection inspired by Howl’s Moving Castle. The collection is a work of art, featuring intricate pieces, such as the Moving Castle bag.
The London store was transformed into a dreamy wonderland, and attendees could immerse themselves in the magical world of the film. It’s a creative and imaginative opportunity for film lovers and fashion enthusiasts alike.
LOEWE x Howl’s Moving Castle Puzzle Calcifer small leather shoulder bag, £2,450 – buy now
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LOEWE x Howl’s Moving Castle Magical Sky leather wallet, £575 – buy now
Miu Miu x New Balance
New Balance and Miu Miu have collaborated again to release a new sneaker collection, #NewBalancexMiuMiu.
The collection features five new colorways of artisanal trainers, blending New Balance’s comfort and function with Miu Miu’s intricate craft.
New Balance 574 x Miu Miu vintage-effect nappa leather sneakers, £770 – buy now
New Balance 574 x Miu Miu denim sneakers, £700 – buy now
Upcoming Fashion Collabs
If you think that’s it, you’re wrong. There are plenty more exciting collaborations coming up that will be worth the wait!
Nike x Tiffany & Co
The much-anticipated collaboration between Nike and Tiffany & Co. promises to be an iconic union between two legendary American brands.
The limited-edition release of Air Force 1s, crafted with premium leather and finished with luxury detailing, is sure to leave sneakerheads and collectors clamoring for more.
And let’s not forget the new accessories that will complement the shoes, adding an extra layer of excitement to the mix.
Mugler x H&M
Mugler joined forces with H&M in May, bringing their celebrity-approved pieces to a much broader audience.
The collection featured the designer’s iconic cut out bodysuits, dresses, jeans and more.
While much of it sold out on the day of release, you can find a selection of available pieces below.
Knot-detail one-shoulder dress, £99.99 – buy now
Mesh-panelled stirrup leggings, £69.99 – buy now