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The cool new designer collaborations on our radar for 2021

Two is better than one is our mantra for 2021, as we round up the new designer collaborations that are making our lives more sustainable and stylish. 

It’s only January and brands are busy putting their heads together to create highly-anticipated collaborations for our design-yearning eyes. From revival of Rajasthani block prints to tributes to the Year of the Ox; from vertigo-inducing, Swarovski-encrusted high heels to designer camping tents, we have the dossier on all the collaborations that are set to make 2021 more glamorous.

Param Sahib x Dandelion

Hurrah Hindustan - Dandelion x Param Sahib
Image: Courtesy Param Sahib

Making your technicolour dreams come true is maximalist designer Param Sahib’s collaboration with Samyukta Nair’s bespoke sleepwear label, Dandelion. Titled, Hurray Hindustan, the collection is a dazzling array of India-inspired prints and motifs. Comprising five signature prints — King of Hearts, Queen D of Dandelion, A Walk On The Wild Side (inspired by wildlife and stamps), Technicolour (depicting ladis and tassels) and finally the Elephant Whisperer that recreates a royal procession with members of the jungle, this busy, playful collection consists of co-ord sets, ruffled shorts, kimono-style tops, and tiered dresses creating a stylish breed of nightwear.

Gucci x The North Face

Gucci x The North Face
Image: Courtesy Gucci Instagram

It’s time to embrace the great outdoors as Gucci x The North Face hits e-stores this month. This collection marks Gucci’s foray into the world of collaborations under Alessandro Michele, and is a step towards the Italian fashion houses’ sustainability efforts. The American outdoor recreational goods company is no stranger to collaborations and this eco-conscious collection heavily uses ECONYL, a nylon fabric made using regenerated materials to cement its stand. Glamping is going to get more lucrative this year as you stock up on puffer jackets, hiking boots, and even sleeping bags and tents with floral prints and a retro Gucci logo. Adding to the street cred is their tie-up with Pokémon GO, which will allow players to collect a promo code to get cosmetic items for the game.

Louis Vuitton x Maison TAMBOITE Paris

Louis Vuitton x Maison TAMBOITE Paris
Image: Courtesy Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton’s collaboration with bespoke bike manufacturer, the 100-year-old Maison TAMBOITE Paris has resulted in handmade, made-to-order bikes. The all-new LV Bike borrows from the maison’s classic style with the fashion house’s monogram flower chainset on the plates and the interlocking LV logo on the pedals. Pick between red, blue, black or yellow; with or without basket and with engraved initials. Either ways this is one hell of a stylish ride.

Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro

Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro
Image: Courtesy Loewe Instagram

The theme behind Japanese animated film, My Neighbour Totoro, is that of fantasy and hope even during hard times, depicted through the tale of two young girls who encounter a giant, cuddly cat called Totoro. This celebration of juvenescence comes alive in designer Jonathan Anderson’s Loewe collaboration with the production house Studio Ghibli for a fashion line. Available exclusively on the Loewe and Selfridges websites, the collection consists of sweatshirts, bags, jackets with embellished, illustrated characters. The campaign, shot by Gray Sorrenti, contrasts real landscapes with images of the lovable characters. On our radar: The hammock drawstring bag with the bulbous cat.

Amina Muaddi x A$AP Rocky

Amina Muaddi x A$AP Rocky
Image: Courtesy Amina Muaddi Instagram

You know it’s a collaboration that’s going to go big in 2021 when Rihanna wears it to ring in the New Year. Confirming her involvement with rapper A$AP Rocky, Rihanna paired a gold bikini and lamé skirt with her Amina Muaddi X AWGE crystal-encrusted gladiator heels. While the collaboration between the Paris-based, Italian designer/influencer launched in December, Rihanna’s stamp of approval, combined with the new designs that are in the pipeline, makes it one of the top shoe lines to step out in.

PDKFStore x Claire Deroo

PDKFStore x Claire Deroo
Image: Courtesy PDKFStore Instagram

Rajasthan, especially Jaipur, has a rich tradition of hand-block textile printing that dates back over 500 years, and is usually done using vegetable dyes and mud-resist blocks. A modern outtake of this is the recent collaboration between Princess Diya Kumari Foundation (PDKF) Store and French jewellery designer Claire Deroo, niece of international jeweller Marie-Hélène de Taillac. The brainchild of Princess Gauravi Kumari (daughter of Princess Diya Kumari of Jaipur), who is currently studying design at New York University, the collection is an attempt to combine a traditional form with modern design and silhouettes. The result: A collection of summer dresses and twinsets (with matching totes and hats) in vibrant pastel hues. The royal palaces of Rajasthan serve as the backdrop for the campaign of the soon-to-be launched online collection.

Dior x Stussy

Dior x Stussy
Image: Courtesy Dior Instagram

It’s the Year of the Ox and the best way to ride the good luck wave is via Dior’s limited edition collaboration with American surf brand Stussy. After the success of their Fall 2020 collaboration, Kim Jones and Shawn Stussy come together again to pay homage to the Chinese New Year festivities. Symbols from the Year of the Ox in vibrant hues of red appear on a collection of jackets, hoodies, shirts, T-shirts, as well as the Dior B23 sneakers.

Akshita Nahar Jain
Sr Associate Editor
Akshita Nahar Jain has worked with various publications, including Elle, Harper’s Bazaar Bride, and Time Out Delhi, and written extensively on fashion and lifestyle. A sucker for alliteration and stylish sitcoms, she enjoys scrolling the web for less travelled destinations.