Spring fashion 2013: Best new designer collaborations

Your month-by-month shopping guide to spring 2013’s best designer collaborations in fashion and beauty.

  • Duro Olowu for JCP paisley jacket, $35; gingham shorts, $25; crossbody satchel, $40; and leaf-print heels, $50

  • Duro Olowu for JCP dessert plates, $8 each

  • Duro Olowu for JCP enamel cuffs, $15 each

  • Duro Olowu for JCP wave-print suitcase, $90

  • Keds x Kate Spade New York canvas sneakers, $75–$85 each

  • Earnest Sewn x Peter Som Esra jeans in Mist floral mint green, $285

  • Earnest Sewn x Peter Som A-line skirt in Mist floral mint green, $295

  • Behind the scenes of Rihanna x River Island

  • H&M for Brick Lane Bikes riding hat, $13; organic-cotton shirt, $18; recycled-polyester riding jacket, $99; and organic-cotton chinos, $35

  • DVF Loves Roxy knotted bandeau top, $54; and paneled side-tie bottom, $46

  • DVF Loves Roxy hooded dress, $68

  • DVF Loves Roxy crossover tri bikini top, $48; and binded surfer bottom, $42

  • DVF Loves Roxy bikini bags, $38 each

  • Cambridge Satchel + Chris Benz leather bags, $295 each

  • Derek Lam for DesigNation slant-pocket dress, $70, at Kohl’s

  • Marimekko and Aesop Sauna Duet (includes body scrub, body balm and cotton bag), $80

  • Banana Republic Milly Collection sketch

  • Curtis Kulig x Smashbox Cosmetics Love Me eye shadow palette in Entice Me, $34

  • Curtis Kulig x Smashbox Cosmetics Love Me enhancing lip gloss in Adore Me, $19

  • Curtis Kulig x Smashbox Cosmetics Love Me Paint Pen eyeliner, $24

  • Jonathan Adler for Bare Minerals three-piece foundation kit, $60

  • Kirna Zabête at Nine West rosette T-strap sandals, $79

  • Kirna Zabête at Nine West feather-detailed strappy heels, $99

  • Mary Katrantzou x Current/Elliott ankle skinny jeans, $358, at Saks Fifth Avenue; Fountain jacket, $428, at Bergdorf Goodman; and Keys shirt, $378, at modaoperandi.com

  • Mary Katrantzou x Current/Elliott Snap jacket, $418, at Barneys New York; Keys sleeveless shirt, $288, at Bergdorf Goodman; and Stiletto jeans, $388, at modaoperandi.com

  • Prabal Gurung for Target short-sleeve dress, $40; printed miniaudiere, $35; floral necklace, $40; crystal teardrop pendant necklace, $20; crystal teardrop necklace, $40; and wedge sandals $30

  • Photograph: Dan Olson

    Prabal Gurung for Target pumps, $40 each, at target.com

  • Prabal Gurung for Target pintuck dress, $50; lace miniaudiere, $35; floral earrings, $15; and ankle-strap heels, $40

  • Surface to Air x Aaron Young A-line printed dress, $430

  • Surface to Air x Aaron Young men’s graphic tee, $90

  • Surface to Air x Aaron Young bomber jacket, $455

  • Toms x Shabby Chic canvas slip-ons, $59; and strappy cork-platform wedges, $74

Duro Olowu for JCP paisley jacket, $35; gingham shorts, $25; crossbody satchel, $40; and leaf-print heels, $50

Can’t wait? Shop these spring collabs, available now!

Curtis Kulig x Smashbox Cosmetics
NYC street artist Curtis Kulig first started scrawling his mark love me on the streets of New York, Los Angeles, Paris and Tokyo in 2005, and the prolific collaborator has since applied the now-iconic cursive phrase to Vans shoes, Obey clothing and Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. However, this limited-edition makeup line for Smashbox Cosmetics might be our favorite manifestation to date. The shimmery collection includes two five-color eye-shadow palettes ($34); a pair of creamy, shea-butter–infused lipsticks ($19) in coral and Kulig’s signature red; a subtle peach blush ($28); and two pearlescent lip glosses ($19). Don’t miss the black Paint Pen eyeliner ($24), whose inky formula mimics Kulig’s favored medium. smashbox.comUlta, 61-35 Junction Blvd between 62nd Dr and Horace Harding Expwy, Rego Park, Queens (718-699-9004, ulta.com)

Jonathan Adler for Bare Minerals
Getting ready just became infinitely more enjoyable, now that interior designer Jonathan Adler has lent one of his irreverent, colorful patterns to a three-piece set ($60) from makeup company Bare Minerals. The splashy print adorns the top of a deluxe-size version of the brand’s signature SPF 15 powder foundation (available in five shades), as well as the handle of a Kabuki brush and the sides of an acrylic box. You’ll want to reuse the latter as decor for storing odds and ends in your abode. Bare Minerals, locations throughout the city; visit bareminerals.comsephora.comnordstrom.comulta.com

Kirna Zabête at Nine West
Sarah Easley and Beth Buccini, the owners of upscale NYC women’s boutique Kirna Zabête, are on a roll: Following the success of their clothing and accessories collection for Target last September, the duo is tackling footwear for the first time with an affordable shoe line ($49–$169) for Nine West. Every month through July, a new capsule collection will be released under a different theme. Since the inaugural subject for February is fantasy, expect whimsical styles such as rosette-adorned T-strap sandals ($79) and strappy heels ($129) flourished with a toe full of feathers. Nine West, locations throughout the city; visit ninewest.comKirna Zabête, 96 Greene St between Prince and Spring Sts (212-941-9656, kirnazabete.com)

Mary Katrantzou x Current/Elliott
You won’t look at denim the same way after experiencing this artsy, 20-item assortment ($228–$528) of jeans, skirts, dresses, shirts and jackets from London designer Mary Katrantzou. The print master channels a world traveler through her bold, geometric patterns featuring passport stamps and typography that mimics visas. Indeed, mixed-print button-up shirts ($378), text-heavy skinny jeans ($358) and snap-embellished jackets ($418) in Current/Elliott’s vintage-inspired cuts will help you look chic anywhere around the globe. Barneys New York, 660 Madison Ave at 61st St (212-826-8900) • Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave at 49th St (212-753-4000) • Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Ave at 58th St (212-753-7300) • Intermix, locations throughout the city; visit intermixonline.com

Prabal Gurung for Target
The Bullseye has been a juggernaut in launching frenzy-inducing designer collaborations, and this highly pigmented collection—featuring more than 80 pieces of ladies’ garb ($20–$200) and accessories ($13–$40)—from red-carpet favorite Prabal Gurung is one of the chain’s more anxiously anticipated rollouts. Staying true to the designer’s aesthetic, the line features tailored silhouettes and eye-popping patterns in the form of electric florals. We’ll be making a beeline for romantic bow-adorned frocks ($50), multicolor striped pointy-toe pumps ($30) and mirror-print short-sleeve dresses ($35). Target, locations throughout the city; visit target.com

Surface to Air x Aaron Young
Local artist Aaron Young is the latest creative talent to partner with Parisian label Surface to Air, interpreting two of his best-known series into a 15-piece clothing collection for men and women. A trio of graffiti prints declaring "Go Home," "Locals Only" and "Go Back to the Valley"—frustrated pleas from Young’s California surfer days—are scrawled across guys’ T-shirts ($90) and sweatshirts ($170). However, it’s the ladies’ assortment of vibrant dresses ($430–$630), bomber jackets ($455), cropped silk track pants ($420) and boxy A-line short-sleeve tops ($355) that truly reflect his legacy and West Coast background: Each garment features tire-track marks over palm trees, nodding to the paintings Young created using circular motorcycle burnouts. Surface to Air, 27 Mercer St between Grand and Howard Sts (212-256-0340, surfacetoair.com)

Toms x Shabby Chic
The worlds of home decor and fashion collide as these California brands join forces to create a pair of limited-edition women’s shoe styles. Both the canvas slip-ons ($59) and strappy cork-platform wedges ($74)—two preexisting silhouettes from charitable footwear label Toms—are done up in the vintage-inspired floral prints that have become synonymous with Rachel Ashwell’s home-furnishings company. For every pair purchased, not only will Toms provide new shoes to a child in need, but Shabby Chic will also donate a portion of the proceeds to Upward Bound House (upwardboundhouse.org), which provides temporary housing for homeless families. Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture, 117 Mercer St between Prince and Spring Sts (212-334-3500, shabbychic.com) • toms.com

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