2023 was an exciting year for fashion enthusiasts. Many beloved trends from the early ‘90s and aughts made a comeback and our favourite celebrities stepped up to the plate when it came to delivering stunning looks on the red carpet.
This was also a year that witnessed some of the most exciting fashion collaborations. Luxury brands like Dior, Bottega Veneta, Gucci and Loewe were swept up in the Hallyu wave and partnered with K-pop celebrities in droves. These fashion houses weren’t immune from the Barbie fever that had swept across the world earlier this year and the we were blessed with luxury and high-end products drenched in the vibrant pink hue that the acclaimed movie helped make popular again.
From H&M continuing its streak of teaming up with legendary designers and brands for limited-edition collections to a pair of Nike Air Force 1 sneakers with the signature swish in Tiffany Blue, here are some of our favourite fashion collaborations of the year…
Best Fashion Collaborations of 2023
Balmain X Barbie
Being one of the biggest film releases of 2023, Barbie collaborated with a number of brands, including Gap, Zara and Crocs. But one of the most exciting collaborations happened between Barbie and Balmain. The two came together to create a capsule collection that featured a vibrant palette of pinks. Oliver Rousteing said the collaboration was only natural since the two brands shared many things in common, like being “distinctly multicultural, inclusive and always a joy-filled adventure”.
Mugler X H&M
After releasing successful collections in collaboration with designer brands like Kenzo, Balmain, Moschino and Sabyasachi, H&M partnered with Mugler to pay homage to the late designer Thierry Mugler. The collection comprised of catsuits, boned corsets and other high-street versions of some of Mugler’s most iconic pieces over the years.
Yayoi Kusama X Louis Vuitton
Fashion and art came together when renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama teamed up with Louis Vuitton to create a capsule collection. Kusama’s signature vibrant colours and polka dots made their way to the brand’s signature bags, accessories and ready-to-wear fashion.
Nike X Tiffany & Co.
In a collaboration that we didn’t know we needed, Tiffany & Co. forayed into the world of footwear by partnering up with Nike. The collaboration was marked with the release of an Air Force 1 1837 sneakers, with the Nike swish dipped in the jewellery brand’s signature colour. The collection also included accessories like a sterling silver whistle on a classic bead chain, a shoe horn and a shoe brush.
Rabanne X H&M
Another H&M designer collaboration was launched recently, just in time for the party season. This time, the brand teamed up with Rabanne for an 87-piece collection including womenswear, menswear and home decor, inspired by Rabanne’s archive. An extension of the brand’s style, this limited-edition collection was filled with stunning metallic pieces that channeled a retro glam aesthetic.
Jimmy Choo X Jean Paul Gaultier
The two luxury powerhouses joined forces this year to celebrate fashion and artistry through a collaborative collection of footwear. The collection married Gaultier’s avant-garde designs with Jimmy Choo’s exquisite craftsmanship and resulted in pieces that deserve a place in a museum.
Skims X Swarovski
The Austrian crystal company partnered with Kim Kardashian’s Skims for a collection of rhinestones-encrusted body-con dresses and jewellery. The collaboration was also highlighted at the crystal brand’s flagship store opening in New York City, where Ananya Panday hung out with Kim K in another crossover that we never could have predicted!
Law Roach X Falguni Shane Peacock
Stylist extraordinaire Law Roach collaborated with designers Falguni Shane Peacock for their New York Fashion Week showcase this year. The renowned stylist came on board as the creative director for the showcase, pronouncing the collection as “Mumbai meets NYC”. It was truly one of the top highlights of NYFW.