Fashion-able: 2012 Designer Collaborations

There’s something so exhilarating about a great collaboration. Some of our favourite songs of all time have resulted from it (hello, One Sweet Day? ‘Nuff said.). We’re thrilled that fashion designers have started creating limited collections with guests – be they a blogger, editor, artist or model, we’re making our wish lists for items from these designer collabs.

The Man Repeller x Dannijo (MR Dannijo)

We’ve had a girl crush on The Man Repeller (aka Leandra Medine)
since the launch of her cheeky blog back in 2010. Everything she does is
perfection (lady boners all around!), so when she pairs up with a designer we
pay attention. Her collaboration with the jewelry line du jour Dannijo has the
perfect punch of colour for fall. 

This collaboration takes us back to the days of Claire Danes circa My So-Called Life—think daisy prints and the original grungy plaid of the
90s. British model, Aggy says she bought her first pair of Docs at 13 “as a combination of
showing that I wanted to rebel against my parents and they were the coolest
boots that I could get away with wearing to school”. We can’t wait to get our hands on this collection, which hits stores August 15.

That’s right folks, Flare Magazine’s fashion director Liz Cabral and Canadian shoe brand Aldo are teaming up again for another collaboration. There aren’t too many details out yet, but Liz tweeted “we’re doing more than just
a shoe”. This pairing makes us proud to be Canadian and if it’s anything like their first collab, you’ll probably want to start planning your strategy for being first in line. The collection will be revealed in September and available in stores and online in October.

What we love most about H&M collaborations is how they
bring high fashion to the masses. Labels like Lanvin, Versace and
Comme des Garçons are made affordable so us, the common folk, can wear high fashion items. The latest collab is with cult favourite Maison Martin Margiela. It launches November 15 in approximately 230 stores
worldwide, as well as online.

The latest artist to collaborate with legendary fashion house Louis Vuitton is 82-year-old avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama. The collection is fun
and quirky, just like her art. Polka-dot-obsessed Kusama’s collection is complemented by the breathtaking exhibits at the Whitney Museum in New York City and the Tate Modern in London. Available now in select Louis Vuitton stores worldwide.
“…a polka-dot has the form of the sun, which is a
symbol of the energy of the whole world and our living life, and also the form
of the moon, which is calm. Round, soft, colorful, senseless and unknowing.
Polka-dots become movement… Polka dots are a way to infinity.”
– Yayoi Kusama


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Fashion-able: Friendship bracelets

Best friends are there for the break-ups, make-ups and to share clothes. Yes, even the Alexander Wang clothes you’d rather not share with anyone. So how do you celebrate years of such fun, loyalty and fights over cute boys?
A throwback to your grade four days, friendship bracelets are back in a big way. The latest in wrist wear is colourful, trendy and completely age appropriate, regardless of how old you are. If you are ready to tie up with your BFF, take a look at these fine string options.
Made by sisters Danielle and Jodie Snyder, DANNIJO jewelry is hand-made in classic yet bohemian style with a rocker edge. Their bold and sparkly pieces are the current jewels of choice for fashion “it” girls everywhere. For the “it” girls in your life, DANNIJO has a four pack of friendship bracelets in this season’s brightest hues. 

String-chic and finished off with a signature DANNIJO logo, the bracelets are easily tied and adjustable. At $48 for all four, DANNIJO makes friendship fashionable. 

If string is not your thing, than Rebecca Minkoff might be more up your alley. Say “best friends” in python with the Cassidy bracelet ($75). This double wrap triangle studded bracelet is made with genuine leather and an adjustable buckle closure. Since animal print really is the new black, you’ll surely be the coolest best friends in town wearing these bracelets

Feeling crafty? Go for DIY friendship bracelets, because family members aren’t the only ones who appreciate those homemade gifts. Get stringing with 22 colours of floss, metallic beads, four colour-coded looms, a beading needle and easy to use instructions.  

Packaged in a little suitcase, the Friends Forever Friendship Bracelet Kit ($29) takes friendship on the road. Sold at Chapters, these are true friendship bracelets made with a whole lot of heart. Seriously, it’s time consuming. 

How do you show your friends you care? Would you give them a friendship bracelet? Tweet us @rockitpromo