A lot has happened this year with most of 2021 still being heavily defined by the COVID-19 pandemic. Joe Biden became the new president of the United States, NASA’s rover landed on Mars, England nearly won the euro’s, Britney Spears was finally freed from her conservatorship, and we saw many deaths of beloved celebrities. Yet, it seemed that even more was happening within the fashion industry as everyone was adjusting to ‘the new normal’.
Some good things that came from this crazy year includes the multitude of collaborations that we saw between fashion brands. And today we are taking a look back at some of the best collabs this year.
Alternative retailer Goodhood collaborated with leading sportswear brand Adidas on a pair of Campus 80’s. They are similar to other models like Stan Smiths and Adidas Superstars but the Campus 80’s are the epitome of 80’s style, casual footwear. At first glance, the Campus 80 colourway consists of black brushed suede on the upper, with a black patent material used on the heel and for the Three-Stripe detailing on the sides. And the laces and eyelets are black alongside the leather tongue underneath. However, the shoes are heat reactive. The colour-altering fabrics subtly feature across the design of the Adidas x Goodhood Campus 80. When met with an increase in temperature, the black patent detailing of the shoes change to a clean white, which is emblazoned with navy blue stars and a Goodhood logo motif. Check out the Adidas sale right now where you can get up to 50% off!
As CP Company celebrated their 50th anniversary this year, they had many surprises in store. One of those surprises was this collaboration with Dutch brand Patta. The two brands created an updated capsule for the SS21 season. Once again, using the iconic technical materials from CP Company, the brands bound together a slightly sportier looking aesthetic, highlighting the details of Patta’s classic pieces, such as coloured panels and pocket detailing. The collection featured three different items – a tracksuit top, bottoms and a bucket hat to finish. Head over to CP Company to see what else they did for their 50th anniversary.
This collaboration between Nike and Skepta featured not just one silhouette, but two. Following on from a previous collab, there was a second colourway of his Skepta x Nike Air Max Tailwind which was released in a ‘Bloody Chrome’ shade, featuring deep red tones. The second silhouette which was the most unique part of his latest project, was the SK Phantom Football Boot. The performance boot is specially designed with the sport in mind. With a passion for football himself, Skepta told Nike: “I love the culture around football as much as the game; I’m really into the culture of football jerseys for what they represent. They represent ‘team.’”
The collaboration between one of the world’s most influential brands with leading fashion retailer Luisaviaroma contained both men’s and women’s collections. The women’s focused on bright coral pinks and grey hues. Whereas the men’s collection was muted. Highlighting shades of navy, cream, black with some pieces finished with primary coloured detailing – a great variety of looks to suit different preferences. Within the collection, the brands created a mainly loungewear-based orientation. Consisting of hoodies, t-shirts and jogging bottoms, alongside one feature varsity jacket. To see more Off White, take a look at the Luisaviaroma website.
NEW BALANCE X STONE ISLAND RC ELITE
In March, New Balance announced that they were embarking on a new, long-term partnership with Stone Island. The collaboration focused on performance innovation and highlighted both brands’ preference for premium quality. The RC Elite sneakers, which are red and white, were designed for running. The midsole uses hyper-light FuelCell technology and a carbon fibre plate, which in turn offer the highest energy return with propulsive transition and 360-degree functionality, allowing for faster running.
Last year, it was revealed Kanye West’s Yeezy brand would be collaborating with high-street retailer GAP, to create the Yeezy GAP brand. The two brands will be collaborating for a 10-year partnership, The first launch for the partnership was a royal blue jacket that was first seen on Kanye himself. The blue colourway of the Yeezy GAP Round Jacket was released in June. Just a month later Yeezy GAP dropped a black version of the Round Jacket. The jackets were priced at £160 and made of recycled nylon – a much more sustainable approach to affordable fashion.
Nike once again collaborated with Sacai in releasing the classic Nike X Sacai Waffle using the 2019 LDWaffle silhouette. This time, the brands partnered with three labels – fragment, CLOT and UNDERCOVER. Every design within the project features the chunky waffle sole, alongside branding on the tongue and the back of the heel to represent the collaborations. Each brand has created two to three colourways of their design. The first coming from CLOT – featuring a vibrant orange and red palette, and for the second pair, a more toned-down navy blue and grey, with hints of light sky blue. Fragment chose a more minimal approach to the design. Featuring retro looking suede uppers, alongside contrasting leather detailing on each side with layered Nike Ticks. The first colourway came in a navy and white colourway, and the second in a muted grey and white. Finally, the three designs from UNDERCOVER feature much bolder palettes. The first pair features mustard yellow, black, grey cream and white. Second is a mixture of dark teal, red, grey, black and cream. And the third colourway features blue, dark purple, grey, cream and black. Don’t forget to check out the Nike sale where you can get up to 50% off!
Originally, the Prada A + P Luna Rossa shoe was designed with sporting in mind – specialising in sailing, this innovative piece of footwear kept comfort, grip and practicality at its forefront. Earlier this year Prada collaborated with Adidas to redesign this shoe. The Adidas x Prada Luna Rossa design is inspired by the iconic heritage of each brand, whilst incorporating the looks of the AC75 Luna Rossa boat itself. The Prada Cup is the main inspiration behind the newest Grey colourway of the P + A Luna Rossa, whilst the Black colourway is said to ‘pay homage to the storied histories of both brands with a subtle tonal make-up’. The silhouette as a whole goes back to the brands roots, revisiting the details and shaping of the America’s Cup boat shoe of 1997.
Leading London based skateboard brand Palace, once again teamed up with the Japanese label Evisu to create another hit collaboration. This collection was heavy on bold motifs, heavy materials and casual fits, also focusing on ‘old-school’ looking pieces. Standout pieces included a reversible bomber jacket, which featured blue and pink hues, detailed with Japanese inspired embroidery. A light crewneck sweatshirt and matching joggers revisit the essence of the 90’s, with multi coloured embroidery and a repeated Evisu logo pattern across each piece. Hoodies and t-shirts finished off this collection with a small variety of accessories including caps, beanies and tote bags.
NIKE AIR MAX 1 X PATTA
Air Max 1’s are arguably the most popular Nike trainers. And this year Patta made sure to add to the hype. The brands released 4 different colourways – ‘Monarch’, ‘Rush Maroon’, ‘Noise Aqua’ and ‘Black’. The Patta x Nike Air Max 1 uses a design reminiscent of the sneaker’s original looks but remixes the mudguard with a jagged wavy section instead of the traditional smoother cut. Other details include a premium white leather, mini Swoosh at the toe, and a mesh bash. Patta also designed a range of apparel pieces to accompany the collaboration, including a full tracksuit and a duo of graphic tees.
To continue CP Company’s 50th anniversary celebrations they collaborated with Barbour. For this collection the Solway from Barbour was combined with the popular Millie jacket from C.P. Company. Known as the ‘Goggle Jacket’, the Mille was designed in 1988 and is one of their signature pieces. The Mille and the Solway have been combined and it is available in four colourways – orange, khaki, black and yellow. The jacket features the iconic goggle hood, alongside Barbour’s corduroy collar and checkered lining. And on the chest pocket, a red “cinquanta” tab has been added, to showcase the celebratory 50th anniversary. There were only 6 jackets per colour making this an extremely limited collaboration.
DIOR PRESENTS THE PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN OFFICIAL WARDROBE
Kim Jones, Artistic Director of Dior men’s collections, has designed new creations dedicated to the Paris Saint-Germain team. Spanning casual and formal moods, the elegant wardrobe combines black and navy-blue shades. The relaxed outfit is notably composed of a Harrington jacket, a knitted sweater and a polo shirt – all finished with an embroidered “Paris Saint-Germain” patch and the “CD Icon” initials. The formal outfit pairs a cashmere coat, a jacket, a shirt and pants, and a pair of black leather Dior Timeless captoe derbies.
To celebrate the conclusion of C.P. Company’s 50th Anniversary, they collaborated with Emporio Armani on a special men’s collection that morphs the respective DNAs. The sophistication of Emporio Armani combines with the innovation of garment development from C.P. Company to create a capsule collection that respects the heritage of both brands. The collection comprised of twenty items and included some iconic pieces, such as Emporio Armani’s bomber jacket, raincoat and stand-up collar jacket, fused with C.P. Company’s signature lens-into-cap parkas and anoraks. The collection is in a blue and white colour palette – clearly an influence from Emporio Armani.
In December Palace revealed their 2021 holiday collection including a range of outerwear, jackets, sweatshirts, tees and more. Palace also collaborated with graffiti artist Zomby whose artwork could be found on a vintage leather jacket that was made in partnership with Avirex. The Avirex A2 leather jacket which Palace have brought back for the holiday collection was standardized by the Army in 1931 and no other piece of field clothing combined style and practicality.
8 Moncler recently collabed with Palm Angels on a capsule collection. Palm Angels designer Francesco Ragazzi, combined Moncler’s performance based approach to outerwear with Palm Angels’ joyful aesthetic. The collection showcased retro-inspired looks and bright colourways and it was created in homage to everything vintage and retro. Within the collection you could find puffer jackets and vests, the Hawaiian shirt, sweaters, tracksuits, sweatshirts, and Moon Boots. Pieces from the collection can still be found at Giulio, Luisvairoma and Mytheresa.
This year Gucci teamed up with The North Face once again. This collection was packed with reworked Gucci staples and The North Face classic pieces, the two brands expertly mix retro sportswear and luxury loungewear. Within this collection we found a logo jacquard canvas jacket in a bold green, as well as graphic t-shirts showcasing THE NORTH FACE X GUCCI logo.
SUPREME X THE NORTH FACE
Supreme has worked with The North Face® on a new collection for Fall 2021. The collection consisted of a Coldworks 700-Fill Down Parka, Steep Tech Apogee Jacket, Steep Tech Fleece Jacket, Steep Tech Pant, Hooded Sweatshirt, T-Shirt, Steep Tech Backpack and Steep Tech Headband.
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