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High End x High street – designer collaborations and launches for the New Year

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Retailers know that there’s nothing like accessible luxury to get tongues wagging and queues forming outside our favourite high street stores. 2013 will be no different as designers translate their iconic styles and characteristic sensibilities into affordable, limited edition ranges.

Karl Lagerfeld x Melissa

Partnerships with Jason Wu, Gareth Pugh, Liberty and Vivienne Westwood have already proven that the Brazilian shoe brand Melissa, is as versatile as it is fun and eco-friendly. Lagerfeld will create capsule collections for the label over the next four seasons with the first unveiled in March. The French designer’s trademark monochrome and sensual stoicism will provide an interesting contrast to Melissa’s pretty plastic pieces that have mostly channelled fun and frivolity until now. We can’t wait for the most upmarket version of jelly sandals ever seen.

(JW Anderson in 2012 for Topshop)

JW Anderson x Topshop

Topshop never disappoints when it comes to injecting the best of young British design talent into their high street ranks. JW Anderson is the latest to get the Topshop treatment, with quirky paisley prints, poppy plaids, cartoon-inspired sweaters and printed kilts. There are ninety pieces expected, with some already on the shop floor since September and the next batch of newness expected early this year. Look out for chunky jumpers, baseball jackets and basics like printed tees, striped dresses and pleated skirts with a decidedly dark undertone and cooler than cool attitude.

Eudon Choi at Selfridges

What greater endorsement could a London Fashion Week newcomer get than a stamp of approval from department store heavyweight Selfridges. Choi debuted at Selfridges in August 2012, showcasing a Womenswear collection heavily inspired by his Menswear tailoring past but transformed the traditional into the tantalising with bright pops of colour, cosy fur trims and graphic lines. The collection’s clean shapes and modern finishings were a good match for Selfridges who are now the exclusive stockists.

(Givenchy Couture AW 13)

H&M x Givenchy?

The jury’s out on this one, with head honchos at Givenchy refusing to comment and then completely denying any upcoming collaboration with the Swedish retailer. If the rumours do ring true this would probably be the most exciting alliance for H&M so far. The possibilities would be endless as far as ornate jewellery and too haute to handle detailing courtesy of Riccardo Tisci’s signature brocades, weaving, beading, futuristic silhouettes and old-world methods brought into the here and now with striking modernity.

Unfortunately H&M declared a hold on collaborations for Spring 2013 as they’ve had so many in the last year – Marni, Versace, Maison Martin Margiela and David Beckham. Although we’d love to see an H&M x Givenchy love child ASAP, the break does give us some time to replenish our plastic for the next round…

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