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Best Designer Collaborations of 2012

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2012 has been another great year for fashion lovers. On the catwalks, there have been exciting trends and inspiring one offs and on the high street we've seen designer collaborations with well known names that have set pulses racing. We love these collaborations - when else can you get your hands on exciting designer pieces for a fraction of the usual cost and feel no shopper’s guilt!


The Topshop and Mary Katrantzou collaboration was top of our list this year and saw queues a plenty outside stores in mid February. This is the third collaboration between the high street giant and the ELLE Style Awards Young Designer 2012 and Mary clearly knows how to please her high street fans with vivid prints and vibrant pieces starting at just £40. And you don’t need a red carpet and Louboutins to wear these designs as they look just as good with jeans or tees. Such versatility only went in Katrantzou’s favour and ensured the line remained popular throughout its high street stint.


Possibly one of the most anticipated collections of the year was Maison Martin Margiela for H&M. Back in November, two enormous queues formed on Regent Street’s flagship H&M store, full of eager fashion lovers salivating at the thought of MMM at high street prices. Some shoppers even queued from 10.30 the night before so that they could get their hands on a coveted piece from the iconic brand. Each item of clothing came with a tag explaining which collection it was originally from (each was an original design from the label) which left shoppers feeling like they not only had a piece, but a backstory, too. We loved the gitterball leggings, we even wrote a blog about them.


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Other collaborations that we have loved this year have included Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton and Peter Pilotto for Lisa Marie Fernandez. Eccentric polka dot artist Yayoi Kusama teamed up with Louis Vuitton in July and created a sass filled line of polka dot leather accessories, shoes and jewellery that we utterly adored for their ‘out there’ desirability. Peter Pilotto’s graphic skill also made waves when his amazing hyper prints were combined with swimwear designer Lisa Marie Fernandez’s neoprene scuba-inspired pieces. The forward thinking vintage florals and head to toe print indulgence made a big impact on Net-A-Porter back in March.

Looking ahead to 2013 it's already got that exciting feel of a pretty hot collaborations year with KARL for Melissa, Givenchy for H&M and Prabal Gurung for US store Target already announced. If this is evidence of 'two heads are better than one' in practice then we don't need any more convincing! 

Guest words by Jade Stokes (, edited by GP

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