Limited edition fashion releases in 2020, from sneaker collabs at Prada and Dior to archival editions by Coach, Alaïa

Limited edition fashion releases in 2020, from sneaker collabs at Prada and Dior to archival editions by Coach, Alaïa

Close watch

Text: Gordon Ng

Editor: Jolene Khor

As we enter 2020, here are the special limited edition releases and collections to keep a close eye on before they sell out in a flash.

Prada for Adidas

Prada recently unveiled its collaboration with Adidas, launching a super limited edition Superstar sneaker and bowling bag with a run of just 700 pieces worldwide. This is not all. Both brands are calling the partnership a continuous one, which means there will be more to come. If anything, you can expect future releases to be just as rare and exclusive, with the designs realised in luxury materials by Prada's manufacturers. Fingers crossed other Adidas icons like the Stan Smith sneakers get a luxury upgrade soon.


Dior x Air Jordan

Kim Jones' finger on the streetwear pulse is unparalleled, as evidenced by his quick turn to icons like Kaws for his debut collection for Dior. Now, get excited for the extremely hyped up and long-awaited Dior and Air Jordan collaboration, which premiered at the recent pre-fall show in Miami. The prices on it are rumoured to hover around USD$2,000, and only 1,000 pieces are alleged to be produced. Act quick, because the resale market has already begun to peg auction prices from around USD$18,000.


Dries Van Noten x Christian Lacroix

Consider Dries Van Noten's spring/summer 2020 collection with Christian Lacroix a high fashion collaboration for the ages. The two masters, the former an Antwerp six icon and the former an haute couture legend, worked closely on a collection that celebrated the exuberance of '80s styles straight from one of its progenitors. As with all Dries Van Noten collections, this will sell for just one season — the original limited edition, really — and surely go down as a must-have for collectors and archivists.


Moschino's massive backpack

When Moschino showed its pre-fall 2020 collection in a lookbook shot in a subway, most of it seemed standard humorous Jeremy Scott fare. There was, however, one gargantuan backpack that stood out. Fashion's been going teeny tiny for a while now, since Jacquemus' Le Chiquito became an It bag, and Lizzo toted a micro Valentino at the AMAs, so expect for the mood to turn and for big to become better again.


Coach Originals

As it moves into a new decade, Coach is releasing 78 original bag designs from its 78-year history. These are organised into three types — the Remade styles draw from archival designs and are interpreted for modern day; Restored takes actual vintage bags and lovingly, well, restores them without altering their design; and Remixed makes special one-of-a-kinds out of vintage Coach bags. Think three Dinky bags, stacked on top of one another and stitched together into a whole other creation.

While there are 78 styles to choose from as the brand slowly releases the full collection, you'll want to act fast because many of these are already selling out online. Like the Coach Turnlock bag below with a print of Barbra Streisand made in collaboration with Richard Bernstein, the illustrator and former art director of Interview magazine.


Archival Azzedine Alaïa editions

Since the passing of Azzedine Alaïa, the maison has been revisiting its own archives — a sort of testament to the lasting genius of the couturier's work. It's fortunate too, because Alaïa famously kept a rich archive, full of iterations of popular designs and unreleased styles. The brand is slowly dropping small capsules of these, drawing from iconic pieces from the '80s and '90s which truly stand up to the test of time. Shop these quickly, because there's only so much the brand can release that were created, drafted and patterned by the hand of the legendary designer himself.