Archive for July, 2010

July 29, 2010

Gilt Groupe x Yoko Devereaux



Photo: Fashion Indie

Yoko Devereaux may have shuttered their Williamsburg boutique, but the down-and-out menswear label is scheduled for a revival through a new collaboration with flash sale giant, Gilt Groupe. The hipster friendly label made some major achievements in their heyday, worn by celebrities Josh Hartnett and featured in the pages of Details and Paper. Unfortunately the label, like so many others, shut down after their backers cut funding.

Gilt has worked with the designer of Yoko Devereaux, Andy Salzer on an assortment of projects. Yoko essentials, as well as a capsule collection of casually cool pieces are to be sold exclusively through Gilt. We are into this new venture and hope it’ll have a repeat in the future. The recession saw the end of some fantastic firms, but now that the casualties of the recession aren’t piling up as rapidly, maybe we’ll get the chance to see some promising designers bounce back. It’s hard to give up those “Going Out of Business” sales, but if it means economic turnaround, we guess we’ll just have to cope.

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July 27, 2010

GM General Motors x Android/ Droid



Photo: Geeky Gadgets

Google is reportedly in talks to start a new collaboration with General Motors’ telematic OnStar car service. The Android OS will be integrated into OnStar-enabled vehicles meaning that you’ll finally be able to control your car from your Google-powered smartphone. Why not have Google enter yet another facet of life? But GM is making the right call in investing in technology that will give users the opportunity to experience new levels of convenience and control with Droid phones.

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July 26, 2010

Bally x Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design


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Bally is turning to students from London’s iconic Central St. Martins and challenging them to design a special footwear collection marrying editorial style and Bally’s traditional heritage. Earlier this year, Louis Vuitton approached Parsons’ Students with the opportunity to interpret the brand in a special exhibition, but Bally is upping the ante by producing an internationally distributed line. CSM, alma mater to Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, is generally the culprit behind any youthquake in international design, and Bally is taking advantage of students whose work is already being featured in publications such as AnOther Magazine (www.anothermag.com) and Unpublished (www.unpublishedonline.com).

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July 24, 2010

Do we like this? Discuss, etc…


We want to say a big “Thanks!” to all of our readers. We are happy that you guys are into the blog and we hope to bring you more collaboration news everyday. We are very excited that despite being so new to the blogging game, we are able to break exclusives

Right this minute we are introducing a new feature to the blog which will allow you to rate each collaboration from your own unique perspective. You can continue to leave comments but more interestingly, you can let us know if you think the mixing of minds worked in that particular case or if they should break up and never look back. We want YOUR opinion!

Here’s how it works: When viewing an individual collaboration post, simply click the topic headline and a 5 star rating should appear. If you loved Portugal x MoMA as much as we did, let us know! If you think BryanBoy x H&M is no bueno, let us know! Eventually, we will have the rating system live on the home page but for now, bear with us as we navigate our way through the tricky world of WordPress.

We know you get it, now GO!

Collaboration Etc thanks you for your time…

P.S. Keep those comments and suggestions coming!!! A Dries van Noten x Target collection doesn’t just produce itself you know!

July 23, 2010

Updated: Vena Cava x Bloomingdale’s


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Photo: NY Magazine

Vena Cava is partnering with Bloomingdale’s on a limited-edition collection. Aqua, Bloomingdale’s own ready-to-wear line, is trying on a new aesthetic by taking Vena Cava’s vintage-inspired look and appealing it to the trendy, young and frugal Bloomingdale’s customer. The line features luxurious fabrics such as silk and velvet in sophisticated muted tones along with Vena Cava staples like flirty skirts, geometric print dresses, and chiffon tops.

It’s about time Bloomies took on some new designer talent (Vena Cava were twice nominated for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award) to inject their store with a bit of fresh energy. Considering both partners in this collab are aiming for the same market, we can’t see a better match. The collection is priced at an accessible $98-$198; perfect for New York girls desperate for that Kirsten Dunst and Natalie Portman look who simply cannot bear one more season of fighting off aggressive shoppers at the infamous Barney’s New York Warehouse Sale.

July 22, 2010

Arbitrage x Dee & Ricky


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Photo: Arbitrage

While fervently seeking all the best in collab culture, we stumbled across menswear line Arbitrage’s collaboration with designers Dee & Ricky. If those names aren’t ringing any bells, don’t worry, they will soon.

Dee & Ricky’s eclectic line features all kinds of LEGO-inspired jewelry, which has earned them quite a bit of favor among pop-fashion enthusiasts like Pharrell Williams and Kanye West. You may also recall their highly memorable range of LEGO accessories for Marc by Marc Jacobs’ S/S 08 collection and their most recent stint with Casio’s G-Shock. Arbitrage, a menswear favorite available at Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Ave, has collaborated with non-profits including Charity: water and Movember. This project, however, marks their first artistic endeavor.

Arbitrage has perked up their classic oxfords with Dee & Ricky’s signature LEGO heart, a clever move considering that when it comes to menswear, a quirky accent makes all the difference in distinguishing the Hugo Boss’s from the John Varvatos’s.

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July 21, 2010

Nikki Six x Kelly Gray


Photo: Royal Underground

Who says the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree? Kelly Gray, former CEO and creative director of St. John, and daughter to St. John’s founders, has been collaborating with Nikki Sixx of hard rock band Motley Crue on Royal Underground, her line of men’s and women’s casual wear. Gray’s parents founded the conservatively chic St. John back in 1962, so Royal Underground is quite a rebellious departure from managing a world of twinsets and tea-length tweed.

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July 20, 2010

Kenneth Jay Lane x Via Spiga



Photo: WWD

Kenneth Jay Lane, fashion’s go-to jewelry designer for everything from baubles to bangles, is helping shoe brand Via Spiga to celebrate their 25th anniversary. Lane has his roots in footwear design, beginning his career by developing collections for Christian Dior. While working for Dior, Lane discovered his true love of rhinestone embellishment and made the fortuitous leap into jewelry. Now the designer is helping Via Spiga create a limited edition couture shoe collection debuting this Fall.
Inspired by Lane’s most famous creations and designed by Via Spiga’s creative director, Paola Venturi, the line features an embellished snake ornament on each of the shoes. Though we may be moving into an era of decidedly subtle footwear, designers of evening shoes have clearly missed the memo. As long as couture gowns continue to slink down the runway, there will be designers out there to adorn evening slippers with gratuitous glam. After all, socialites need something to wear to a gala and a kitten heel just doesn’t cut it ;). Available at viaspiga.com and Via Spiga’s NY Soho location this October.