2018 has been the year of the collaboration. This year we have seen a wide range of collaborations, some extremely surprising, some maybe a bit more expected, either way, they’ve definitely managed to catch our attention. Before looking to 2019 and the exciting new projects and collaborations that are on their way, lets take the time to review some of the collaborations that we’ve seen this year.
The North Face x Supreme AW18
One of the final drops of the year, the highly anticipated collaboration between The North Face and Supreme returned for Winter 2018. This winter we were given a collection geared around expedition, complete with jackets, pants, backpacks and more. The exclusive The North Face x Supreme Expedition jacket and pants are equipped for winter, coated in waterproof Gore-Tex and also fitted with Cordura Nylon; great pieces for this end of the year. Each of the pieces of the drop also feature heavy branding, so you can really battle with the elements in classic streetwear style.
OFF-WHITE x Nike – Mon Amour
In homage to the 2018 World Cup, this summer, Virgil Abloh founder of OFF-WHITE, teamed up with Nike to create a capsule collection, titled “Football Mon-Amour”. Abloh looked at the collection as an opportunity to blend lifestyle with sport branding, drawing inspiration from branding sponsors often found on football kits. The collection sees Abloh play with different styles of typography, with the use of labeling in the way that we have come to expect. The feature piece of this collection is the long-line “LOGO” coat. The coat comes complete with a detachable hood, storm flap, drawstring waist and printed branding. We were really given Abloh’s vision of the game with this one.
Palace Skateboards x Ralph Lauren
An example of one of the less expected collaborations of the year, 2018 has given us a Palace x Ralph Lauren mashup. The collection features a range of pieces that tie very well into the nineties revival trend that we have seen a lot of over the past year. Highlights include matching silk pyjamas, button down shirts, matching corduroy shirt and trouser sets and of course bear graphics. If anything should’ve made your cosy-core wardrobe this year, this collection definitely should’ve been it.
OFF-WHITE x Nike Air VaporMax
Another example of how busy Abloh has been this year, we’ve also seen collaboration between Abloh’s own brand OFF-WHITE and Nike Vapormax following Abloh’s ‘The Ten’ collection. This drop sees a blacked-out Flyknit upper sitting on a translucent mid-sole. Most of the signature details seen on the original VaporMax are back in this rendition of the shoe, this time paired with the OFF-WHITE aesthetic and deconstructed look that we have come to expect of Abloh’s products, with “AIR” and “SHOE LACES” printed across the shoe and its laces. Definitely one of the hottest sneaker drops of the year and easily one of our favourites.
Yeezy – Kanye West x adidas
In spite of all the controversy that we’ve seen around him this year, our most problematic fave, Kanye West has still been consistent in his work rate with his collections this year. One of the most talked about pieces of his collections this year includes the Yeezy 500s. The Yeezy 500s, while not boasting the same universal appeal as previous Yeezy drops still managed to garner quite a bit of attention due to their unusual aesthetic. A glaringly obvious addition to the dad sneaker trend that we saw a lot of this year, the 500s feature a chunky aesthetic composed of suede panels that sit on top of a sporty mesh base and an AdiPrene midsole, which promises lightweight cushioning and support. If there was any reason to invest in this particular drop, comfort was definitely it.
Acronym x Nike
Following on from their pairing with the Nike Air VaporMax Moc 2 trainer earlier on this year, Acronym made sure to come through with a second release with Nike by giving us their own rendition of the Air Presto. This drop features the Nike Air Presto silhouette as we know it paired with exclusive graphic prints and typical Acronym applications like a zipped collar construction and overall techwear aesthetic. Available in three different colourways, this was definitely another of the more comfort-oriented collaborations of the year and not a bad one at that!
Sean Wotherspoon x Nike Air Max 1/97
The Sean Wotherspoon x Nike collaboration really gained a lot of attention this year and has become one of the most expensive and sought after Nike Air Max trainers on the resale market. The shoe has gained its classic status merging the uppers of the Air Max 97 with the sole unit of the Air Max 1. The design is complete with a colour blocked cord outsole. A literal crowd favourite, this release stands as a great example of the future of footwear design and possible releases to come in the future.
Burberry x Gosha Rubchinskiy
Following in the footsteps of many other luxury brands, iconic British brand Burberry managed to tap into the streetwear market this year with their collab with contemporary Russian designer Gosha Rubschinskiy. We were given a capsule collection inspired by youth culture and the legacy of British football in Russia. Remixing the past and present, this collection features the iconic Burberry vintage presented in a new revamped style. Standout pieces included the Two Tone Trench coat, the Reversible Bomber Jacket and the Stephen Jones Japanese Cap.
Gucci x NY Yankees
A luxury collector’s collab of sorts, as part of its eclectic FW18 collection, this year we saw Gucci present their collaboration with New York Yankees. The partnered accessories range includes tailoring with NY embroidery and premium patch details and accessories, such as baseball hats, beanies and scarves. Definitely an interesting collaboration for 2018.
Junya Watanabe x The North Face
Protégé of Comme Des Garcons Rei Kawakubo, Junya Watanabe dropped another project with The North Face this year and it was definitely one to watch. Fitting in with what North Face is known for, the collection features a lot of outerwear with a lot of technical details paired with a bit of a workwear aesthetic. Reiterating the hybrid concept introduced in the first release, the collection features jackets with built in backpacks on their rear. The collection also features a lot of functionality with its use of hidden pockets zipped closures and use of fabrics. Definitely one of this years collabs that boast both style and function.