The boom in brand-designer collabs shows no signs of slowing, but often the brightest partnerships are buried beneath big box buzz. Truth be told, Target and H&M are not the only players in the collaboration game. From TOMS to Keds to Pantone galore, several smaller-scale capsules are right on the money for the sunny days ahead.
Fun and affordable, accessories are the play in this fair weather category. Below, we present a fresh batch of under-the-radar collabs to spring your wardrobe forward.
1. Keds X Kate Spade New York
Kate Spade’s unmistakable sense of whimsy pairs perfectly with the unofficial shoe of summer vacation. Shop lace-up and slip-on styles in graphic prints, metallics, and color blocked combos. Shown: Limited Edition Pointer in Lemon Yellow ($75) and Champion Laceless in Geo Navy Red ($75)
2. Aldo RISE
Through the RISE program, accessory brand Aldo shines a spotlight on emerging fashion innovators. Spring 2014 brings bold stripes and sports-inspired looks from London-based Ostwald Helgason. Shown: Lyndi Pump in Green ($120) and Bowie Backpack in Grey/Green ($85).
3. Christian Siriano for Payless
Design wunderkind Christian Siriano’s seasonal collections for Payless have become a perennial not-so-guilty pleasure. Our picks among current looks highlight classic black and white. Shown: Evylinn Shopper ($29.99) and Kash Strippy Sandal ($39.99)
4. Sephora + Pantone Universe
Radiant Orchid, 2014’s Pantone Color of the Year, beams in products for lips, eyes, nails, and more. Sephora’s pretty packaging also makes for great gift giving. Shown: Limited Edition Radiant Femme Artistry Set ($48) and Gazing Paint Liquid Eyeliner ($18)
5. Jonathan Adler for TOMS
Jonathan Adler’s “happy chic” prints will always delight, and the giving spirit of TOMS brings a feel-good element to the party. Don’t miss shades, in addition to sandals and signature slip-ons. Shown: Kitty Sunglasses in Champagne Stripe ($160), Bright Yellow Women’s Classics ($59), and Vegan Correa Sandal in Multi Geometric ($59)
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