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With the help of 18 collaborators, Vetements kicked off Paris Couture Week on Sunday afternoon by showing its spring 2017 collection at the Galeries Lafayette department store.
The buzziest brand in fashion lived up to its streetwear couture reputation by collaborating with both high and low brands — from Hanes and Champion to Manolo Blahnik and Brioni — that specialize in a specific product.
Demna Gvasalia, who co-founded the brand with his brother Guram, told The Cut‘s Cathy Horyn of the collaborative concept for this season’s show: “The idea was always to take the iconic, the most recognizable product from their brand, and put it into a Vetements frame, whether in terms of shape or construction.”
Here, a complete guide to the 18 international brands that worked with the Gvasalia brothers on their extensive collaborative project.
Alpha Industries: Founded in Knoxville, Tenn. as a contractor to the U.S. military, Alpha Industries is best known for its classic bomber jackets.
Brioni: An Italian luxury menswear label that makes red carpet-ready suits.
Canada Goose: A Canadian manufacturer of luxury Arctic apparel.
Carhartt: A Michigan-based workwear company best known for its coveralls, shirts and jeans.
Champion: A subsidiary of Hanes, Champion is an American sportswear manufacturer.
Church’s: A luxury British footwear company best known for its classic oxfords.
Comme des Garcons: A Japanese luxury label by designer Rei Kawakubo that is known for extravagant couture creations.
Dr. Martens: Originally founded in Germany, Dr. Martens is now a U.K.-based footwear company whose leather boots — with their iconic yellow stitching and chunky rubber soles — were especially popular during the punk movement.
Eastpak: A lifestyle brand founded in Boston that specializes in travel gear, including backpacks, luggage and travel accessories.
Hanes: An American casual wear company known for basics including tees and undergarments.
Juicy Couture: A L.A.-based apparel company, founded in 1997, that is best known for its rhinestone-encrusted velour tracksuits.
Kawasaki: A Japanese motorcycle company that also produces riding gear.
Levi’s: A San Francisco-based denim manufacturer.
Lucchese: A Texas-based bootmaker that specializes in cowboy boots.
Mackintosh: A British outerwear brand best known for its rubberized raincoats.
Manolo Blahnik: Spanish footwear designer who launched his eponymous luxury shoe line in 1977.
Reebok: A British sportswear and footwear company.
Schott: A New York City-based maker of leather jackets and motorcycle apparel.
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