After last year’s record number of fashion collaborations, 2022 has seen its fair share of major partnerships from design houses like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, Balenciaga and more.
The year kicked off with the collaboration between Kanye West and Yeezy Gap by Gap, who took it a step further by collaborating with Balenciaga’s creative director and close friend of West, Demna Gvasalia, for the Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga collection, which has released two drops so far this year.
More recently, designer Simon Porte Jacquemus revealed during his Jacquemus Fall 2022 ready-to-wear show that he is teaming up with Nike on a collection of minimalist sportswear for women.
Here, WWD rounds up some of the biggest fashion collaborations to debut so far in 2022. Read on to find out more.
Yeezy Gap designed by Balenciaga
Kanye West and Gap have taken their Yeezy Gap collaboration which debuted last year one step further by enlisting West’s close friend and collaborator, Balenciaga creative director Demna Gvasalia, to create a new collaboration between the three brands called Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga, announcing the news in January.
The collaboration released its first drop in February, which consisted of a collection of eight styles including a denim jacket, jeans, a range of logo tees, hoodies, fitted track pants and puffer jackets. The price of the collection ranged from $120 to $440. Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga released a second drop in May.
Adidas for Prada Re-Nylon
Prada and Adidas teamed up again in January for the Adidas for Prada Re-Nylon collection. The two brands previously joined forces for a long-term collaboration in 2019. The Adidas for Prada Re-Nylon collection is the third collection created by the two brands.
The Adidas for Prada Re-Nylon collection offered reimagined versions of the Adidas Originals Forum sneaker in high and low-top versions, as well as track jackets, tracksuits, sweaters, hoodies and bucket hats.
Balmain x Barbie
Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing turned his childhood love for Barbie dolls into the design house’s latest collaboration in January, teaming up with the iconic doll to create a 70-piece collection ranging from t- logo shirts to haute couture evening dresses.
The collection was done in shades of pink and incorporated some of Balmain’s design signatures, such as sailor sweaters, tweed, denim jackets and cocktail dresses. The collection featured handbags that were updated versions of Balmain signatures fused with the aesthetic of the windowed cardboard boxes in which Barbie dolls are housed.
Manolo Blahnik for Birkenstock
Two iconic shoe brands, Manolo Blahnik and Birkenstock, joined forces in March to launch a capsule collection that fuses the design aesthetics of both brands. The six-piece collection included three styles of Birkenstock Arizona sandals in fuchsia and blue velvet, as well as black leather, and three styles of Birkenstock Boston clogs offered in the same colorways. Both styles also featured crystal embellishments on the buckle, reminiscent of the design element seen on the iconic Manolo Blahnik Hangisi pumps.
Burberry x Supreme
Burberry and Supreme teamed up in March for a Spring 2022 collection featuring trench coats, puffer jackets, denim trucker jackets, rugby shirts, hoodies, jeans, denim shorts, t-shirts, hats and skateboards. The collection fused Burberry’s signature plaid print with Supreme’s streetwear aesthetic.
Disney x Givenchy
Givenchy’s creative director, Matthew Williams, revealed in May that he was teaming up with Disney for a collaboration called “The Wonder Gallery.” The collaboration kicked off with a collection of long-sleeved t-shirts and hoodies featuring iconic Disney characters. A second collection will debut this summer.
While it officially debuted at a joint runway show in September 2021, the Versace and Fendi collaboration, known as Fendace, officially hit stores in May. The collaboration included two collections: the Fendi by Versace collection by Donatella Versace and the Versace by Fendi collection by Kim Jones.
The Fendace collaboration included apparel, footwear and accessories that fused the design house’s signature logos and motifs, such as Versace’s signature baroque print and safety pins and Fendi’s signature “F” logo. Coins in collections ranged from $195 to $38,975.
Adidas x Gucci
After debuting at Gucci’s Fall 2022 rtw show in February, the design house launched its Adidas x Gucci collection for purchase in June. The collection included clothing for women and men across clothing, footwear, accessories, jewelry and lifestyle pieces. The collaboration fused both brands’ well-known patterns, like Adidas’ three-stripe design and Gucci’s classic red and green color scheme. The price of the collection ranged from $235 to $4,200.
Louis Vuitton and Nike “Air Force 1”
Louis Vuitton continued to honor the legacy of its late menswear designer Virgil Abloh by teaming up with Nike in May to release nine editions of the coveted “Air Force 1” Abloh sneakers designed in a collaboration between Louis Vuitton and Nike.
In addition to the collection, Louis Vuitton dedicated an exhibition to Abloh at New York’s Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse during the month of May.
Opening Ceremony x Peter Do
Opening Ceremony and fashion designer Peter Do teamed up in June for the first collaboration under Farfetch Beat, the online retailer’s new concept that introduces exclusive product experiences. The collaboration was also part of Opening Ceremony’s ongoing 20th anniversary celebration.
The collaboration offered three versions of Opening Ceremony’s signature varsity jacket, fusing the classic silhouette with Do’s well-known “spacer” material. The collection also offered a recycled varsity jacket.
Nike x Jacquemus
During his “Le Papier” Jacquemus Fall 2022 rtw show, designer Simon Porte Jacquemus revealed the design house’s collaboration with Nike. The 15-piece collection went on sale in June and included a minimal version of women’s activewear.
The Nike x Jacquemus collection included sports bras, cropped polo shirts, bike shorts, hoodies, bucket hats, T-shirt dresses and two colorways of the Nike Humara sneaker. The price of the collection ranged from 40 euros to 175 euros and will be available again in Nike stores later this summer.
Mowalola x New Balance
During Mowalola’s viral Spring 2023 rtw show which took place in June, the brand unveiled its first collaboration with New Balance. The brands have teamed up to create two colorways of the New Balance 90/60 sneaker, largely inspired by the sports brand’s 990 series and early 2000s running silhouettes. The shoes are set to hit New Balance stores and at select retailers this fall.
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