The Spring 2018 season, which is currently in stores now, offered a bevy of quirky and unexpected designer collaborations. Below, see the top 8 you need to know about (and bonus—they’re still available to buy now).
On the runway, Balenciaga partnered with Crocs—yes, Crocs—and elevated its signature rubber shoes, giving them an extreme platform silhouette. Off-White’s Virgil Abloh, who has mastered the art of collaboration, partnered with the Sunglass Hut on a series of sleek, modern eyewear shapes. Prada teamed up with women comic book artists, adding their prints onto bags and ready-to-wear.
Meanwhile, on the menswear scene, buzzy brand Fear of God partnered with New Era on a series of cool caps. Rochambeau partnered with artist Aaron Curry on a series of pieces with punchy prints (perfect for summer, too). Uniqlo gave its basic t-shirts a new spin with prints by Doraemon and Takashi Murakami.
Calvin Klein x Andy Warhol women's jacket
Creative director Raf Simons referenced Warhol's infamous pop art pieces, incorporating it onto iconic Calvin Klein denim pieces such as jeans and jackets. The partnership debuted for spring, but will continue on through the fall.
Emerging men's streetwear brand Fear of God, based in Los Angeles, counts celebrities like Justin Bieber as fans. For spring, they partnered with classic caps brand New Era on a series of limited-edition lids.
For spring, Loewe's creative director Jonathan Anderson collaborated with Paula's, an iconic boutique located in Ibiza that is focused on beach-ready staples. The result? Chic summer dresses that can be worn year-round.
Call it a three-way collab: Retailer Uniqlo partnered with artist Takashi Murakami once again, this time taking inspirations from the manga series "Doraemon" for graphic prints that were added onto unisex tees.
Made-in-New York menswear brand Rochambeau teamed up with artist Aaron Curry on an entire spring capsule collection. A sculptor and painter, Curry translated his signature use of bold colors onto summer staples, like these eye-catching swim trunks.
For the label's spring collection, Miuccia Prada enlisted a crew of comic book artists—all women—to add graphic prints onto her ready-to-wear and accessories. This sleek bag, illustrated by Trina Robbins, evokes a vintage pop art feel.