|Vika Gazinskaya & Other Stories Collaboration Window display - London|
When I see the Versace items hanging at the back of my wardrobe now, I cannot believe how much I really wanted them at the time, as now Versace has grown to be a brand that really is just not my cup of tea.
I thankfully can now appreciate how my knowledge of fashion has grown over the years. I've developed to love good quality, impeccably crafted and beautiful fabrication of the garments I really like and I always love to feel the texture of the fabric before I even think about trying it on.
Despite this, I will always be guilty to love at least, a decent collaboration but now I have such specific taste it's always a struggle to find something I like.
Maison Martin Margiela for H&M was more to my taste, where I luckily managed to bag a lovely white tailored shirt. J.W Anderson for Topshop where I fed my love for all things feline and bough the cat printed T-Shirt. I even managed to get a Christopher Kane for Topshop lace dress back from when the collection landed in 2009!
The past couple of months we have seen two very interesting collaborations come to the high street. First of all, Kate Moss for Topshop. This isn't her first collaboration with the store, with her last one being only four years ago. Yet this "highly anticipated" collection finally hit stores not too long ago and if I am going to be completely honest I did not bat an eyelid at it. A very over-priced collection, with one item costing a mighty £600. Some of the items look very old-fashioned (the one-shoulder yellow chiffon mini dress) ew. When scrolling through the items, I liked one - a very plain black camisole which was scalloped satin and chiffon and so one morning I decided to order it after they restocked some of their sold out pieces. I do quite like it, it's very basic but very me and the satin and chiffon contrast works rather well and I shall look forward to wearing it over the Summer.
|Kate Moss for Topshop - Scalloped satin and chiffon camisole - £38|
The second collaboration was one I really loved. Vika Gazinskaya and & Other Stories. If anything, it's the first garment I have bought in a while that has colour on it and that isn't black! The collection included beautiful dresses, shoes, shorts and trousers but I went for this T-Shirt. I love it because there is no seam for the sleeves, it is all joined up by just using two pieces - the back and front. The fabric is 100% cotton and feels super soft to touch. And of course I just could not say no to the playful sketched-looking print, as well as the price being really affordable! The window display was wonderful too (picture top of this post). & Other Stories seem more successful at making a collaboration more raw and caring.
|Vika Gazinskaya T-Shirt - £29|
What collaborations have you loved or loathed over the past years? Alexander Wang for H&M lands this Autumn and I'm feeling apprehensive that the brand is going to lose how much it has come over the past few years. Plus he already has a lower priced brand: T by Alexander Wang. Do you think there's ever going to come a point where collaborations just get too much? Or are more brands going to join the bandwagon?
Let me know your thoughts by commenting below :)
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