Designer Collaboratives

15 May 2009

High street stores are really getting into the action of collaborating with up and coming designers. With Topshop regularly unveiling collaborations which includes the current Barbara Hulanicki collection, we have H&M which manages to secure high end designer after designer. The latter has caused shoppers to queue up outside stores and for them to eagerly hand over their cash, forgetting about the recession (if only for a little while!) With the Mathew Williamson collection now fully stocked at most stores, what did you all think of it? I didn't buy anything and can appreciate all the pretty prints but at the end of the day nothing called out to me.

UK High street store, Oasis have just unveiled their 'designer collaborative' collection which is something that will be launched each season and aims to support new talent. The following are collaborations with print graduates and have hit shops today but will be available online from the 18th. While it seems that Oasis is trying to up their game, just from the blogosphere alone it seems that not too many know about this collection which was the same for last years RCA collaboration. This strikes me as a shame and something that Sir Philip Green would not have let pass by if it were for Topshop instead.

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Firstly is Hannah Reid's feather print kimono shift dress. At £95 it has had a huge waiting list in some London stores. It is gathered and draped in a way that makes it the most unique dress in the collection. The one on the bottom right is by Reid too and is a playsuit using a similar, vibrant pattern.

Next is Sarah Bird's dress (£90) which is represented by the yellow flower print dress. She incorporates her love of cross stitch and actually adds yellow stitching to parts of the design. This touch sets apart from the rest of the dresses as it adds that personal, hand stitched appeal.

Lastly is my favourite print by Clare Caudwell. It is a digitally produced image of a white rose and is printed on a shift dress and a maxi dress. The maxi dress (£130) is really really long but on the right person it would be so beautiful on. I definitely feel that the shift dress of the same design will be the one which sells out first. It's more wearable and at £90 is actually the cheapest one of the lot!

All of the dresses are silk and are a little pricey. I wasn't particularly impressed with them either, especially because silk is one of those awkward materials to wash. Though if you do fancy one of these for yourself be sure to hurry. The stores did not get many in stock! At my store, only 8 of the Hannah Reid playsuit were sent out and within the first hour, 4 maxi dresses were sold to buyers on the phone!

Right...now on to an outfit post which is poor quality because of the pouring rain outside! I'm debating whether to keep this Zara Blazer or not. It's fitted, and like a tuxedo jacket because it is so long, hmm decisions decisions! I think it's a keeper...
Blazer (Zara) Bow (accessorize) Skirt/Dress (AA) patterned Dress worn as Top (Miss Selfridge), Belt (Vintage) Leggings and Oxfords (Topshop)

53 comments:

  1. I like your all black outfit. I've wanted to do an all black one for a while now too. Is that a tiny white bow brooch? Did you see the little cupcake pin I showed u on twitter?
    eh I don't care about high end fashion. I'd save my money to buy something from a good vintage seller on etsy any day!

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  2. Your outfit is very chic. Nice touches with the accessories.
    I'm always disappointed by the Target lines in person...

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  3. Some really cool outfits..and seem affordable too. Its all damp here in the midwest too. We are waiting for a storm of some kind. Naturally.

    Hope you have a great weekend.

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  4. I think the long blazer looks FAB with that short-ish dress. Keep it, lady!

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  5. I love the little bow on your blazer. Also, that flower print maxi dress is lovely!

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  6. Hmm I like highst collaborations in general. But the designs here don't seem to be that WOW, but I do like the flower print!
    xx-LJ from SOS!

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  7. i think it's a keeper too. it's so simple you will wear it for many years.

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  8. love the floral print dress
    and your zara blazer!
    have a lovely weekend xo

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  9. Love your outfit! I think that the long blazer works well with short dresses, like what you have here. However, it might look odd with pants.

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  10. Those are cool stuff.. I like your outfit too. Thanks a bunch for the note. Hope you have a great weekend.

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  11. I really like that green belt with your outfit. I need a jacket like that.

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  12. great article winn! i loved oasis for quite awhile-- don't have one here in philly, but my family there in the UK would always send me stuff from them, but the "flower" dress is beyond awesome!

    truth be told, i love designer colabs for retail. too bad we still dont hv h&m just yet. you look fantastic!

    much love

    eden

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  13. Your outfit is great! I love the turquoise belt. And I'm too lazy to comment your past entry (x_x) but I just wanted to say...NEWS! They're so cute haha.

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  14. I love push-up-sleeves on blazers! Love this look on you...Fab weekend beautiful! ~XO*

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  15. i really like this outfit, turquoise is one of my favourite colours. i didn't think much of the mw for h&m range. (thanks for trying to help out with my followers problem too!)

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  16. love your outfit!! the long tux blazer goes so perfectly with a skirt, keeep it :)

    xx

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  17. i really love 'fast fashion + designer' collaborations :) it gives us the chance to play up with the trends unlike before, where all we can do was drool over catwalk photos :) cos theyre so damn expensive hehehe

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  18. Thank you for your sweet comment!
    The maxi dress and kimono dress are pretty!!
    And I think a good black blazer is a great purchase, but if you're in doubt I think you should best return it and find one that you think is perfect :)

    x!

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  19. My fave is floral thing! j'adore dresses!

    X♥X♥

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  20. ooh! Those are gorgeous - oasis isn;t usually on my radar, but i'll certainly be keepin a look out for these! :-D you look lovely!

    xxxc

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  21. I love these dresses !! You look great in then last image !!

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  22. Hi there-the tuxedo jacket is a must have, do keep it, it looks lovely! Have a great weekend!

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  23. i vote you keep the zara blazer! i love it! x

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  24. You look great, I love the blazer! I also love designer collabs since they mostly mean accessible designs!

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  25. Keep the blazer :) It's a good fit and you can never have too many - I practically live in mine.

    I do like how high street are trying to champion graduates, I think that's great. But at the same time, but you can't help thinking the whole high end designer thing is a bit of a ploy. The whole point of buying designer is the quality, the experience you get while shopping, knowing its a bit more unique, and knowing its an investment. So if you buy high street 'done' by a designer it's a bit... I don't know, it just seems a bit pointless. If I loved it I'd buy it, but I wouldn't buy it JUST because it had a designer's name behind it, because it's not really real is it. Hmmm.

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  26. Thanks - I hadn't heard about this. I'll definitely try to check it out. I like the blazer...I don't even have one blazer , I'm so behind the times! But they do look like a great way to finish off an outfit, especially with the kind of summers we get when you don't know what the weather will be like!

    Thanks for your comment btw, it definitely is difficult to talk to people about being ill without making them uncomfortable. I still don't have it figured out! ;)

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  27. ohh love the blossoming dresses !!

    Boubou xx

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  28. If only we had those stores around here. Love the black, too. Hope you have a fun weekend.

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  29. Love your blazer and that patterned dress/top looks fantastic :)

    I know what you mean about the H&M, I saw the mens stuff and was not really moved to spend any money. I think there is a lot of hype involved, because people hear 'low cost' and 'designer', they are willing to buy it even if it is not flattering on them.

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  30. I love the blazer on you and that rose print is really pretty :)

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  31. I adore the all black outfit with the pop of green. As for designer collaborations I hate when experimental designers turn all main stream in order to appeal to the masses. Doesn't that defeat the purpose of having such collaborations in the first place?

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  32. oh keep the jacket, it's lovely! the silk dresses look nice, but i think do think that topshop and h&m collections are better.

    www.prettyexquisite.blogspot.com

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  33. i love collabs so much :)
    love the pop of color in the belt

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  34. i was actually not a fan of the h&m collab this time around. i really tried, but i didnt find a single item that i had to have. sigh.

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  35. I love how you added colors to your outftis! Awesome

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  36. Those are all really nice dresses! I wish I had seen them at H&M!

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  37. i loves those bold prints in that collection

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  38. I'm loving all the collaborations, but I haven't gotten a chance to check out Williamson's H&M line.

    Keep the Zara blazer. It's hot!

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  39. I'm so envious that all the UK stores do such nice collaborations. We have Target, which is great, but not much else.

    I love your outfit. Perfect proportions!

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  40. Me too, totally missing some of the UK shops... "sigh", I can I can live through you vicariously.

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  41. I vote for keeping the blazer.

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  42. I absolutely love that tux style jacket - definitely a keeper!

    http://becausewearingblacklooksmysterious.blogspot.com/

    xoxo

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  43. That blazer is something to have success in..hope you had a great weekend..and even a better Monday.

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  44. Silk is indeed hellish.

    I'm still waiting for a Basso&Brooke and a high street store to get it together...as well as many others. I was really gutted by the Mathew, collection...such rubbish I thought.
    I'm probably alone on thinking this
    LOL!

    PeAce & BoWs...
    prettyneons x
    PS...Once again I adore your belt, you've such a epic belt collection (:

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  45. Love the blazer, really sets off the outfit. As for designer high street collabs, I kind of ambiguous about most of them. I think some stuff from the BH for Topshop line is nice, but some of the main topshop things are..erm..nicer?

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  46. Love your almost total black style! About Topshop...I wish I have it here!

    Amazing collection!

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  47. Sorry for the late reply - I've been away over the weekend. The blue nail varnish as far as I can remember was just from some crappy cosmetics place - it's one of those brands that you can get away with on your nails, but should never put anywhere near your face. Gallery Colours I think it's called in electric blue! And the Zara jacket is definately a keeper! :) x

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  48. keep the jacket, i love it!

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  49. Wow I really love those floral graphics. And you look great in that blazer!

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  50. i love oxfords. you lucky duck to have a pair!

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  51. love the green belt! it really pops! =)

    http://pinkchampagnefashion.blogspot.com/

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