From Nike’s 10-piece sneaker release with Virgil Abloh’s Off-White to the latest Uniqlo collab drop, here are the seven best men’s fashion collaborations in 2018
Fendi X Fila
Launching this month with a cocktail party at Fendi’s Landmark store in Central, the collaboration between Fendi and Fila, dubbed ‘Fendi Mania’, sees the two Italian icons—one a luxury fashion house, the other a 90s-inspired sportswear brand—come together. Stamped in a Fila-esque Fendi logo designed by Instagram artist Hey Reilly, as well as Fendi’s ‘FF’ symbol, the mostly black collection with flecks of white, red, orange and gold, features men’s t-shirts, fleece tops, puffer coats, track jackets, footwear and bags. A go-to for your sports-luxe pieces.
Vetements X Alpha Industries
Long-time design cohorts Vetements and Alpha Industries returned this year with the perfect men’s jacket as the U.S. aviation jacket maker-cum-streetwear brand has let the cult French fashion label redesign its popular bomber jacket for fall. In black, key features include the Vetements-inspired oversize fit with a cool street aesthetic, seen in the Demna Gvasalia-helmed label’s recognised ‘Antwerpen’ print. Not into the bold? There’s also a black or olive version available too.
Nike X Off-White
One of the most anticipated collabs in the last year comes from Nike and Off-White. The U.S. sports giant has tapped the Milan-based streetwear brand, helmed by Virgil Abloh (who is also men’s creative director at Louis Vuitton), for a capsule called ‘The Ten’. The collab is a teaser of sorts, and sees ten of Nike’s most iconic sneakers redesigned in Off-White’s industrial street-tech style and rolled out over twelve months. The Nike Blazer Mid model is the latest drop for October and comes in classic Halloween colourways—orange or black.
Moschino X H&M
Jeremy Scott has taken his naughty nineties pop style to the masses with the Moschino X H&M collaboration. The luxury Italian brand has cut a 90s street-meets-rap-video collection with the Swedish fast-fashion chain with must-have men’s fashion items—louche track pants and hoodies with MTV and Disney monikers, as well as nostalgic tees—rolling around in the mix.
Gucci X Dapper Dan
Gucci takes its lead from the archives of Dapper Dan this year, recreating some of the Harlem-based designer’s most striking looks from the '80s.The tie-up also meant a new Gucci logo in yellow, which lights up pieces such as tracksuits in luxurious fabrics, denim in late '80s washes and fits and GG canvas jacquard jackets. It’s one of the most rerto-luxe releases this year.
Uniqlo X Christophe Lemaire
It’s reunion time for Uniqlo and Christophe Lemaire. The French fashion designer has returned to the Japanese retail chain for the Lemaire X Uniqlo collab, following a successful joining in 2016. Marking fall/winter, this time comfortable fabrics collide with loose cuts and warm hues like red and fuchsia feature in the contemporary minimalist range. Key pieces for men include the more casual boxy tee and slouchy rollnecks, as well as tech-infused outerwear—thanks to Uniqlo’s innovative textiles.
Ralph Lauren X Mr Porter
The Ralph Lauren X Mr Porter collab is for the modern, well-rounded stylish gentleman. A whopping 83 pieces celebrating the New York brand’s 50th birthday has dropped at Mr Porter, and is made up of pieces from the Purple Label (velvet blazers and suiting); the RRL collection (plaid shirts and shearling jackets); and of course, the cult-classic Polo Ralph Lauren, featuring collegiate polos and sports jackets.