Sunday, March 4, 2012

5 Designer Collabs to Watch

It seems as if a new designer collaboration is announced almost every day. This month, in particular seems to be popular for designer partnerships. We've counted five worthy designer collaborations just in the month of March. Of course, many more will bloom as spring approaches but here are just a few worthy mash-ups to start your early season shopping.

Marni for H&M-- March 8
This season's biggest collab is most definitely Marni & H&M. The collection is already available to view online here and we are already betting the $149 leather front sweater, the $99 fitted silk dress and the $20 plastic bracelets are going to be a big hit with the Madison Avenue crowed. We have a feeling that a majority of the most coveted pieces will be grabbed by the resellers. Good thing the Marni boutique is not too far.

DVF for Gap Kids-- March 15
It's never too early to teach your kids to marry well and then conquer the world. Diane von Furstenberg is offering a kick-start to the facts of life so your tots can at least look the part. DVF's empowering prints and effortless style, including her famous wrap dresses, will be available to the pint-sized set online and at Gap stores everywhere. Mini-wrap dresses will retail for $68 but you can always count on a Gap markdowns for extra value. That's what we call a rapper's delight.

UU Uniqlo Undercover--March 16
While we've just started to explore Uniqlo, we've always felt that the Japanese superstore was missing a huge market without a children's department. In less than two weeks that hole will be filled amid a collection designed to fill the needs of the entire family. Undercover designer Jun Takahashi has collaborated with the mega-fashion emporium to deliver a style that is "family avant-garde." The collection will include items for men, women, kids and babies ranging in price from $10 to $100. Now, we just hope that Uniqlo will start to produce those kitchy tees for kids too.

DKNY for Bauble Bar--March 1
We love when a well known brand introduces us to a new place to shop. This is exactly the case with DKNY's collection for Bauble Bar. The online boutique offers fashion forward jewelry at fashionably reasonable prices. This month, Bauble Bar teamed up with DKNY to create a collection that is stylish but playful. Prices range from $92 for adorable poppy resin earrings to $320 for a multi-textured enamel and chain necklace. We hate that you have to sign up to view the goods but in this case we say the browse might be worth your email address.

Kanye West x Giuseppe Zanotti @ Colette--March 1
If DVF can make wrap dresses for kids why can't Kanye West rap women's feet into Zanotti shoes? In this mash-up there's no singing but the result is lyrical. The knit stilettos are a knock-out but cost about $5,800. (No, that's not a typo.) The shoes are made of calf leather and adorned with embroidered pearls. Gals on a "budget" might be relieved to find a scaled back version for about $780. Both styles are available at Colette's online store.

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