The fashion world is never wanting for interesting collaborations; here are a few we’re especially excited about.
David Beckham for H&M
David Beckham in boxer briefs? Yum, yes please! The British soccer player’s first line of bodywear will drop at 1,800 H&M stores worldwide starting February 2. Bearing the label “David Beckham Bodywear for H&M” with a David Beckham logo designed by Stella McCartney’s husband Alasdhair Willis, the capsule features four styles of underpants (briefs at $12.95, woven boxers, trunks and boxer briefs at $14.95), three styles of tops (short-sleeve tee and tank, both $14.95 and henley, $29.95) and two styles of bottoms (pajama pants and long johns, both $29.95). Styles will be available in black, white and grey. This is the first collection to debut from Beckham and H&M’s long-term partnership, and one can expect more in future seasons, according to H&M’s head of design Ann-Sofie Johansson.
Jason Wu for Target
Target’s next fashion designer collaboration with Jason Wu launches February 5 and takes inspiration from French New Wave films and actress Jean Seberg. The capsule will feature pleated frocks, nautical stripes, collared blouses and blouses that tie at the neck, tennis skirts and other feminine details. To date Target hasn’t unveiled more than a few pieces from the forthcoming collection. The pleated poplin frock pictured will retail for $40, the satchel $50. A print ad has also been unveiled, featuring a black cat named Milu, who allegedly appears in the collection as a print on a scarf and tee. Clothing pieces in Wu’s collections typically start in the $500s and handbags in the $1,000s. Wu designed the gown First Lady Michelle Obama wore to President Barack Obama’s inaugural ball.
Marni for H&M
H&M’s lockup of seriously stylish designer label collaborations continues with Italian label Marni; the Marni for H&M collection hits 260 stores worldwide and online (though no e-commerce site for us in the States yet, sadly) March 8. The collection will include womenswear, menswear, jewelry, shoes, bags and scarves. On the women’s side, there will be lots of bold and colorful patterns while the men’s portion of the collection will be “softened” with subtle use of print, such as for lining or contrast details.
According to H&M’s press release, “The [women’s] silhouettes are all Marni staples, with full pleated skirts, dresses, cropped trousers and jacquard knit… For men, the colors and fabrics are softened for a relaxed take on menswear staples that is truly Marni.” We are awaiting tribal prints, colorful Bauhaus patterns, signature Marni polka-dot print, chunky necklaces and conical hats with bated breath.
Additionally, the collection will include a Marni-designed unisex t-shirt to raise funds for the Red Cross in Japan’s continuing earthquake relief work following the devastating tsunami from nearly a year ago. The Red Cross will receive 25 percent of net proceeds for tees sold.
Alexander Wang for Sally Hansen
Nail polish maker Sally Hansen who in the past has created nail polish collections with designers Tracy Reese and Prabal Gurung, got together with Alexander Wang for a collection of three nail polishes that debuted on runways with his fashions at his New York Fashion Week show in September for Spring 2012. The three shades, Parchment (a sheer off-white), Petrol (oil-slick navy) and Oxblood (a rich, deep maroon) will be available in April for $7.99 each. These colors are sure to match a wide range of San Francisco spring fashions.
Pantone & Sephora
Anyone who gives a damn about fashion and/or design has probably heard something or other about color forecasting company Pantone announcing “Tangerine Tango” as the 2012 color of the year. Pantone describes the color as “a spirited reddish orange”. Pantone is partnering with Sephora for an inaugural Color of the Year beauty collection. According to WWD, the limited edition collection will include “tangerine- and orange-shaded cosmetics and accessories including eye shadow, lipstick, lipgloss, and nail polish ranging in price from $18 to $80” and available beginning in March. According to WWD this collaboration could become an annual thing depending on the success of the Tangerine Tango collection.