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The Best Spring Fashion Collaborations and Launches

Fendi x Sarah Jessica Parker And Just Like That Baguette

Sarah Jessica Parker immortalized the Fendi baguette style purse as early as 1999, when, in season three, Carrie Bradshaw and Samantha Jones travel to a seedy apartment complex in the San Fernando Valley to purchase some faux versions of the “It” bag. In that very same season, Carrie tells a robber who demands her bag, “It’s a baguette.” Twenty-two years after that episode aired, Fendi re-released the purple sequined bag featured in the episode. And to celebrate to success of the new HBO Max reboot And Just Like That, Fendi has teamed up with Parker to design a custom pink sequin baguette, which Carrie wore on the latest episode of the new series. The Baguette, made with fuchsia paillettes and Bordeaux leather straps, will be available as a limited-edition style on Fendi.com beginning mid February.

Carolina Herrera for Paperless Post

Carolina Herrera has been a name synonymous with elegant bridal style for decades. Now, the house’s Creative Director, Wes Gordon, is taking that association into the digital world, with a collection of invitations and correspondence cards for Paperless Post. The designs incorporate motifs directly from the runway, from bold, graphic florals to delicate embossed lace—meaning you could, theoretically, tease your wedding day look with your Save the Date card (or just set the tone for a garden party with an envelope lined with tulips). “Our gowns speak to the modern individual, and Paperless Post elegantly marries modern technology with a commitment to design,” Gordon says of the collaboration. “We know that everyone will love the playful, beautiful, and colorful invitations that represent the celebration of love in a way only Herrera knows how to do.” The collection is live on the Paperless Post site today. Here’s to a summer full of “I dos” ahead!

Louis Vuitton x “Nike Air Force 1” by Virgil Abloh

Before his untimely passing in November, Virgil Abloh unveiled a special collaboration with Nike and its classic Air Force 1s for Louis Vuitton’s Spring-Summer 2022 Men’s Collection. Starting January 26th, 200 limited-edition pairs of the instant collector’s item will be available at auction at Sotheby’s. Bidding starts at $2000 with each pair being sold with a Louis Vuitton Pilot case and all proceeds going to Abloh’s “Post-Modern” Scholarship Fund which supports Black fashion students. Abloh himself was involved in the initial planning of the auction which runs through February 8th. For more information visit sothebys.com.

The “Air Force 1” by Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton.

Valentino Does Low-Impact Low Tops

Valentino, the Italian fashion house synonymous with polished luxury, is breaking new ground. Two of their fan-favorite sneaker styles, the Open and Rockstud Untitled, have been reimagined using more sustainable materials and techniques. The upper is cut from a corn-based leather alternative, the laces woven from recycled polyester, the soles flecked with recycled rubber, and those iconic cuboid studs molded from recycled nylon. Even the shoeboxes and dust bags are made from fully recycled paper and cotton. The shoes are part of the brand’s Spring 2022 collection as well as a tentpole for their new initiative, Valentino Open for a Change, which prioritizes transparency about materials and supply chain, as well as analysis of the long-term environmental impact of the products they produce. The limited edition capsule, which includes black, white and green styles for men and a white style with rainbow rock studs for women, is now available in Valentino boutiques as well as on their website.

Ana Khouri x The Row

I have never really liked the phrase “wearable art.” It covers all manner of sin, from the over-designed to the overpriced. However, a designer with a truly artful eye can create items that elevate the aesthetic of the wearer, organically melding the worlds of fashion and art. Ana Khouri falls into the latter category. A favorite jeweler of the fashion world (I see her earrings on the coolest editors and “It” girls all over town), Khouri, who studied sculpture prior to working in jewelry, is based in New York but originally hails from Brazil. After spending time during the pandemic in her home country and becoming reacquainted with its unique, natural materials—rosewood, crystal, and rose quartz—she felt compelled to incorporate them into high jewelry edition pieces. Her first foray resulted in 17 one-of-a-kind works, sold at Sotheby’s alongside the Macklowe exhibition in 2021.

This month, Khouri launches an expanded (albeit still very exclusive) continuation of this project at The Row. The pieces, which include Khouri’s signature ear cuffs along with thick sculptural rings and a delicately stunning choker, are all limited-edition, with between one and 10 of each style available. The jewelry will be sold, beginning January 7th, at The Row boutiques in New York, Los Angeles, and London.

The diamond Charlotte necklace and crystal diamond Phillipa ring.

Prada x Adidas Re-Nylon

Pradidas, Pradi Dassler—whatever cheeky name you’d like to give it, Prada’s collaboration with Adidas is on the way, and it’s filled with accessories that merge the sports label’s signature three stripes and luxury brand’s iconic metal triangle emblem. In a lookbook released last week, Adidas and Prada showed a whole new range of bags, including a duffle and backpack that appears to be a fanny pack seated on top of a large travel case. A merging, indeed.

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