The new fashion collabs that everyone will be talking about this summer
The trend for new and noteworthy fashion collaborations doesn’t seem to be slowing down, with a whole crop of exciting partnerships lined up for the summer season. Amongst the most anticipated is the new drop from Fendace, an amalgamated collection from Versace and Fendi, while Adidas x Gucci is set to give street- and sportswear a luxury spin. Here we’ve rounded up the newest, buzziest fashion collabs that are set to be the talk of the town this summer.
Adidas x Gucci
The latest instalment of the much-lauded collab between Adidas and Gucci is landing on Tuesday 7 June, and is expected to fly off the shelves as soon as it launches. Offering up its own super-luxe take on sportswear, you’ll find glamorous retro looks straight out of Wes Anderson’s cult hit The Royal Tenenbaums, complete with sweatbands, micro-mini running shorts and a sweatshirt emblazoned with a hybrid Gucci logo mixed with the instantly-recognisable Adidas Trefoil, alongside an array of ready-to-wear pieces that perfectly meld the two brands’ aesthetics, from chic canvas bucket hats and Gazelle sneakers to sophisticated knit dresses and an updated version of Gucci’s iconic Horsebit 1955 crossbody bag.
The meeting of two Italian luxury powerhouses was always going to be a major fashion moment – and Fendace doesn’t disappoint. It was first shown in September at Milan Fashion Week, but now the new collection has finally dropped. The brainchild of Donatella Versace, Silvia Venturini Fendi and Kim Jones, Fendi’s artistic director of women’s collections, the capsule sees the designers do a full creative swap, fusing the brands’ signature aesthetic and ethos into two collections – Versace by Fendi and Fendi by Versace – across ready-to-wear, handbags, footwear and other accessories. With a campaign shot by photographer Steven Meisel and featuring a string of supermodels including Naomi Campbell and Kristen McMenamy, it’s a match made in heaven.
Ganni x Ahluwalia 2.0
Following on from the success of their first highly coveted collection, the Copenhagen-based label is once again teaming up with London-based sustainable designer Priya Ahluwalia on a collection of reworked denim. Featuring 16 exclusive styles made entirely from deadstock denim and upcycled garments, the capsule range has been designed to celebrate the enduring versatility of the hard-wearing fabric. Inspired by the euphoria-inducing highs of travelling and dancing in clubs, the line – made up of denim suits, cut-out dresses and statement trench coats – cleverly fuses Ganni’s signature silhouettes with Ahluwalia’s 90s flair.
Emilia Wickstead x ViBi Venezia
London elegance meets Venetian sophistication in this new footwear collaboration between Emilia Wickstead and ViBi Venezia, the furlane slipper brand created by glamorous Italian sisters Viola and Vera Arrivabene. The partnership came about after Emilia and Viola met in Positano last year and instantly connected over their love of old-world style, resulting in a capsule collection of traditional slippers printed with Wickstead’s signature florals. Designed to be paired with the designer’s swimwear collection, a classic moccasin, a Sabot mule and a buckle Mary Jane have all been given a stylish update that will take you from the pool to dinner, and everywhere in between.
Le Specs x Missoma
The Australian eyewear brand first shot to fame after Meghan Markle was spotted wearing a pair of their Air Heart sunglasses – now Le Specs is teaming up with London-based jewellery brand Missoma on a new collaboration that will be a must-have for every stylish tastemaker this summer. Foregoing their usual 70s and 80s-inspired styles for a 90s makeover, the capsule collection features some of Le Specs’ most popular styles reimagined with signature Missoma detailing, including gems, stones and plenty of gold – so you can expect to tee their Lyra Sphere cat eyes adorned with pearls and their Orion Ridge rectangle sunglasses with triple ridge gold detailing.
Yolke x Penelope Chilvers
In celebration of the British countryside, fresh spring florals and the beauty of mother-daughter relationships, whimsical daywear brand Yolke and footwear designer Penelope Chilvers have come together to create a capsule collection that marries Yolke’s nostalgic signature prints with Chilvers’ artisanal espadrilles, the Africa and the Valenciana, the chic London woman’s go-to summer shoe. Launching on 19 May, the nine-piece collection features matching styles for mothers and daughters, available in a range of adult and children’s sizes, with both brands donating 10% of net sales from the kids’ pieces to the Malaika Foundation, which helps to empower young women and girls through education in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Bridgerton x British Fashion Council
Since the launch of the hotly anticipated second season of Bridgerton we have seen the mammoth Netflix show infiltrate almost every area of our lives, from the clothes we wear to the shoes we choose and the afternoon teas we book into. Now the streaming giant has partnered with the British Fashion Council to create a collection of pieces inspired by the show. Three young designers and BFC Scholars, Ifeanyi Okwuadi, Latifa Neyazi and Jeongmin Ji, were mentored by Jenny Packham to create a series of pieces that blend Regency-era style with modern fashion. Inspired by several key characters in the show, the designs have since been modelled by season two’s leading stars, including Charithra Chandran (Edwina Sharma) and Adjoa Andoh (Lady Danbury) – who donned romantic ruched gowns by Neyazi – as well as Luke Thompson (Benedict Bridgerton) and Luke Newton (Colin Bridgerton), who wore dapper cyanotype-printed suits by Okwuadi.
Batsheva x Laura Ashley
Laura Ashley’s floral-filled designs are the epitome of summer dressing, and new life has been breathed into the now-defunct British label courtesy of last year’s much-lauded collaboration with American fashion brand Batsheva. Now they’re teaming up again for a second cottagecore-heavy capsule collection, which sees pastel prints taken straight from the Ashley archives splashed across Batsheva’s whimsical prairie dresses. It was a much-loved Laura Ashley dress – worn until it fell apart – that first inspired Batsheva Hay to launch her namesake label in 2016, so unsurprisingly this collab is a match made in fashion heaven, featuring a mix of pretty puff-sleeved dresses, blouses and jumpsuits that are just made for long, lazy summer days.
Veja x Mansur Gavriel
The sustainable and B-Corp trainer brand of the moment has teamed up with cult-favourite NYC label Mansur Gavriel on a new collection of consciously made luxury unisex sneakers. In a nod to Mansur Gavriel’s use of bright colours, Veja’s perennially popular Campo trainers have been given a rainbow-hued update, now available in candyfloss pink, sunshine yellow and sky blue, as well as a more muted cream shade. Made in Brazil, each of the shoes comes with a sole that’s bio-sourced and made of up to 65% recycled materials, while process they use for their waxed cotton laces and leather limits chemicals, energy and water use.