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Since 2004 when Karl Lagerfeld collaborated with H&M we’ve grown accustomed to seeing high street X designer collaborations. To be honest most pass us by - we haven’t heard of the designer, they still look cheap, or they’re aimed at the youth market and are not that wearable. Then just like buses, three perfectly grown up collaborations come along at once that we can’t wait to share with you!
Yes, 2020 is the year of the fashion collaboration for grown-ups. Imagine beautiful prints, luxury fabrics, flattering cuts and SLEEVES. Here are three that we’re most excited about…
Designer collections on the high street we’re excited about
Anthropologie x Delpozo – available now!
First up, having launched in Feburuary, is Anthropologie x Delpozo. You may not of heard of Delpozo but that doesn’t mean you SHOULDN’T know them or buy them. The Spanish ‘pret-a-couture’ house is known by the fashion world for its punchy florals, unusual pastel colour combinations and flattering feminine shapes. With Delpozo prices ranging from between £800- £4K for a dress, this collaboration certainly brings the demi-couture label into our grasp, with Anthroplogie’s prices starting at £44 for a beautifully embellished hair band, to £298 for a floral jaquard trench coat. Sizes go from 6-16.
This collaboration feels like a great match because it like a more elevated version of what Anthropologie already does really well – meaning it’s grown up and wearable. The fabric’s look and feel expensive too, and because Anthropologie is not ubiquitous, it feels exclusive.
There are so many pieces in this collection that can be styled in so many way. The stunning jacquard floral trench will turn heads at a wedding but will also transform jeans and smart trainers.
Want something that is classic Delpozo? A panelled swingy skirt is typical of the sculptural designs, which fit and flatter the female form. Wear with a pastel silk skirt and strappy heels for anything from wedding guest to a day at the races.
Florals not for you? We’re obsessed with this chic two-piece set. Flattering wide trousers and pin tucked sleeves mean its the perfect outfit for any dressy occasion. It can also be worn tucked in (to highlight your waist) or out loose (to skim a tummy).
See the rest of the collection (including stunning homewear) here.
Whistles x L.F. Markey – available April 16th
Next up is Whistles x L.F. Markey, again not on everyone’s radar but they certainly will be after you’ve seen this. L.F. Markey is casual wear at its best, inspired by workwear and utility, and its known for its use of bold and bright fabrics as well as a core selection of denim.
We love their signature dark indigo denim with visible white stitching which has thankfully made it into this Whistles collection. Mixed with the beautiful pallet of pastel tones this is dressing down at its chicest and the best thing is… its completely ageless despite the very young looking models sporting the goods – this will look just as cool on a seventy year old as it would on a twenty something.
The collection launches at WHISTLES on April 16th. Prices range from £55 – £200 sizes 4-18.
John Lewis x Mother of Pearl – available April 22nd
And finally – if your wallet can cope, its John Lewis x Mother of Pearl. Mother of Pearl are another achingly cool yet wearable label that’s been rocking the fashion world since its launch in 2002.
Mother of Pearl’s aesthetic has always been a fusion of masculine and feminine ideals, with a focus on re-worked tailoring. In recent years they have been moving to becoming fully sustainable so it feels like the perfect match to be working with John Lewis & Partners, for who sustainability has been something of a focus of late. Eighty eight per cent of the cotton used in the John Lewis & Partners own-line collection is sustainably sourced – a 175 per cent increase on last year!
Jo Bennett, Head of Buying, womenswear says, “We are so proud of this collection, we truly believe there is nothing like this available for women on the high street right now. The partnership felt like a natural fit, both of our brands share similar values and ideals. Working alongside Amy Powney and her team, listening to their expertise and learning from their sustainable knowledge has been so important for us and we are looking forward to sharing all of this with our customers at launch. All of the pieces of the collection are designed to be loved and cherished – they really are forever pieces.”
From fluid striped shirting to polka dot maxi perfection, plus cropped indigo and cream jeans this collection is purposeless designed to be seasonless so they really will become your forever pieces.
Launching at John Lewis & Partners on 22nd April (world earth day) Prices ranges from £59-£179 and in sizes 8-20.