The Top Fashion Collaborations of 2021
See what collaborations the industry has seen this year...
2021 has not seen any shortage of brands coming out with collaborative capsule collections. By combining existing brand visions, collaborations offer fresh perspectives for brand supporters as well as create a sense of curiosity and uncertainty of what's to come. Here are our top picks of the collaborations that have made 2021 so far.
1. Converse x Telfar
New York-based brand Telfar has taken another step towards collaborating with other fashion labels. Following the partnership with footwear brand Ugg, the brand has recently partnered with Converse for a collection consisting of a duffle bag, footwear, T-shirts, ringer tanks and a lightweight jersey hoodie. The athletic-inspired collection is centered around the idea that 'sports is for everyone', reworking the Converse Pro Leather series with upgraded graphics of the Telfar and Converse logo, as well as introducing a unique unisex ballet flat design.
2. LV x NBA
The LV x NBA collaboration was an expansion of the ongoing partnership between the luxury house and the professional basketball league. Inspired by the three dress modes of basketball players—travel, game and press conference—the collection consisted of casualwear, informal wear and formalwear respectively. Tops displayed the NBA teams’ logo and came with graphic multi-coloured letters spelling out ‘Louis Vuitton’, while shorts were detailed with the luxury house's varsity-style logo.
3. Nike x Sacai
Nike and Sacai have once again collaborated on a sneaker drop following their first unveiling in October last year during Paris Fashion Week. The Nike x Sacai Vaporwaffle sneakers came in two colourways, dark iris as well as sesame with a unique Sacai silhouette. The sneaker design mixed a range of materials such as suede, nylon and leather to pay homage to Nike’s original racing sneakers.
4. Gucci x Kai
The Gucci x Kai capsule collection was announced after the K-pop idol's two-year ambassadorship for the luxury brand. The collaboration took inspiration from his childhood love for teddy bears and was made into a motif used throughout the collection. The collection consisted of an assortment of ready-to-wear pieces and accessories that included handbags, T-shirts, hats, small leather goods as well as sneakers.
5. Vans x Opening Ceremony
The long-term partnership between Vans and Opening Ceremony saw the two brands collaborating on a series of footwear, apparel and accessories this year. Creative directors of Opening Ceremony Humberto Leon and Carol Lim reimagined a new print with abstract snake and leopard patterns while taking inspiration from Vans's iconic checkerboard print. The footwear design used the original Vans deck shoe so as to retain the brand's classic shape and comfort.