Fashion collaborations that need to happen: Sies Marjan x Uniqlo, Prada x Comme des Garçons, and more
Once upon a time, Joe Average might have imagined fashion designers to live in hermetically-sealed bubbles. Like Disney Princesses who, until very recently, were by corporate policy forbidden to make eye contact on merchandise (to preserve their individual mythologies), people assumed that designers couldn't publicly acknowledge or praise the work of their peers, or, heaven forbid, openly slap their names on pop-cultural/mass market products without spontaneously combusting.
Well, not anymore; it's hard to perpetuate legends of cutthroat catfights or ivory tower-obliviousness when the likes of Pierpaolo Piccioli, Marc Jacobs, and Donatella Versace regularly love on each other via social media, sit on each other's front rows, and indulge in the same lowbrow guilty pleasures we plebs do. We are living in the golden era of collaborations guys; no crossover of brand identities, intellectual properties or market levels could genuinely shock anymore, because we've just about seen it all. Or have we? We've created a list of out-there collabs which we've yet to witness, but would love to happen. Fashion gods, if ye be listening...
SIES MARJAN X UNIQLO
In less than half a decade, Sander Lak has solidified his reputation on a divinely-gifted colour sense and an effortless, European-in-America vision of sportswear. Given Uniqlo's identical knack for casual, colourful ease — albeit at a lower price point — it would be fun to see if New York Fashion Week's rainbow maker can master the leap from five-figure fashion... to double-digit Heattech.
PRADA X COMME DES GARÇONS
Both Rei Kawakubo and Miuccia Prada have been honoured with retrospectives by The Met's Costume Institute; the latter's showcase was a shared spotlight with the late couturière Elsa Schiaparelli, framed as an 'impossible conversation' between Prada and Schiap's respective bodies of work. But why have an imaginary dialogue between two iconoclastic designers (one of whom is, we repeat, long deceased), when you could have a real one between two living creators at the top of their game? Both regularly turn fashion on its head by elevating the 'ugly', the unfinished and the mundane into, for lack of a better word, art. We should appreciate our legends while we still have them, folks.
MOSCHINO X CHRISTIAN LACROIX
Like his predecessor Franco Moschino, Jeremy Scott has always — in acutely self-aware fashion — painted with the tropes of Haute Couture's greats. Schiaparelli's trompe l'oeil, Coco Chanel's bouclé tweed suits and Christian Dior's ballgowns have all received the designer's ironic tweaks, but there's one criminally-overlooked name on whom Scott's sights have yet to land: Christian Lacroix. A proponent of the same campy brashness now dominated by Scott, Lacroix's public profile could do with a Thierry Mugler-esque revival, especially among Gen Z.
STELLA MCCARTNEY X CAPTAIN PLANET AND THE PLANETEERS
Much of millennials' ecological awareness is owed to the childhood influence of TV programmes like Captain Planet and the Planeteers, which we feel is overdue for a reboot. In the face of so much apathy from policymakers, Captain Planet is the hero people of all ages need in this moment. And who better to give him a stylish re-introduction than Ms McCartney?
MANOLO BLAHNIK X DOC MARTENS
This one's not as far a stretch as you may think. Fashion's kitten-heel master is not averse to shaking things up, as proven by his capsule with Rihanna — who could forget those denim, thigh-high stiletto boots?. And decades before he became indelibly associated with Carrie Bradshaw's New York, young Manolo cut his teeth in post-Swinging Sixties London, during the same time that Doc Martens began heating up in the UK's sub-cultural underground. Think of their hypothetical partnership as the reunion of two long-separated acquaintances, who took very, very different paths in life.