Tuesday 9th April

| BY Dino Bonacic

Alaïa, Supreme, Rodarte: These Are The Best Fashion Collabs Launching this Week

Two is always better than one. But you know what’s better than two? Three. Three very important fashion collaborations are launching this week, bringing together some of the most unexpected combinations into our lives via your wardrobe update. Do you absolutely need these pieces in order to survive? Probably not. Will they make your day, week, or even month a bit better? Absolutely. Settle for lunching on Pot Noodles for the rest of the month and make sure to free up your credit card limits. Trust us, you’ll need that extra bit of coin. Ready, steady, shop!

MAISON ALAÏA x FONDATION CÉSAR

Before drop-mania kicked in, it was Azzedine Alaïa who started off the cult of collaboration. Being inspired by numerous artists – from musicians to fine artists and architects – often resulted in working with these people on particular elements of his strong vision. One of the first ones he ever did was with his good friend and sculptor César Baldaccini for the Alaïa Summer 1985 collection. Under the name Impression – Compression, the capsule collection joined César’s intricate patterns and Alaïa’s architectural shapes. This week, Maison Alaïa are re-issuing the collaboration with a collection of two dresses, two shirts, a pair of trousers and three bags, mirroring the original idea but updating it into a contemporary language, proving how timeless the works of these two late creatives are. Launching in the Alaïa boutiques worldwide, the collection will make you gasp for its sartorial elegance. It’s Alaïa after all…

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RODARTE X UNIVERSAL STANDARD

By this point, Kate and Laura Mulleavy are experts at taking their elaborate, frilly aesthetics and translating them into easy-to-buy, easy-to-wear collections. The sister duo behind Rodarte had already designed capsules for & Other Stories and Target, slashing multiple zeroes off their couture-like pricepoint. Up next on their collab list is Universal Standard, an American brand offering fashions in a wide range of sizes aligned to the reality of the world. When they launched the brand in 2015, Alexandra Waldman and Polina Veksler were adamant at creating the same kind of shopping experience to someone in size 26 as they did to a size 6. Their offering builds on a wardrobe of staples with some statement pieces, and that’s where Rodarte comes in. Bringing in the fantastical element of ruffles and romance, the capsule collection consists of a blouse, a jumpsuit, a dress and a skirt, all available in a variety of different colours. The pieces launched online today, and – just like all the other Rodarte collabs – is bound to sell out asap. The resale market is already quaking.

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SUPREME X JEAN PAUL GAULTIER

And while we’re at the resale market, we can’t avoid the most hyped collection to be launching this week. Comes Thursday and you oughta find a really good wi-fi connection as the much-anticipated Supreme and Jean Paul Gaultier collab is dropping online and in-stores. If you’re in Soho and you notice a mileage of queues, be sure to know it’s all thanks to mister Gaultier. This extensive capsule has everything you need to update your spring wardrobe – jackets, tailoring, denim, trainers, accessories… Supreme don’t do anything half-assed. For the collab’s campaign, they cast Madonna’s very own baby girl Lourdes Leon to interpret the meeting of Parisian couture and skateboard parks. Inspired by the culture exchange in the French capital, Gaultier obviously dug back into his 1990s hey-day in order to get the classic Madonna circa Blonde Ambition pinstripe suiting converted into a modern-day classic. This one requires fingers stretching, sleepless nights and good standing stamina. The day is Thursday, April 11th. Be there or be square.

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