The fashion collaboration is fast becoming trite, and while initially it was only when Dries Van Noten showed a surprise team-up with Christian Lacroix for his Spring/Summer 2020 collection that the formula was refreshed, the impending joint force of Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons has got us even more hopeful. The idea that two well-established, big designer names could come together and put together fashion magic is phenomenal. Never mind the fantastic idea, the clothes are bound to be a masterful blend.

And so it’s in that spirit that we look forward, because when something new is done in fashion, imitators are bound to follow. If fashion designers were able to, in a fantasy world, put aside the egos their careers have burnished for themselves, these would be some dream pairings.

Rifat Ozbek and Dries Van Noten

From left: Dries Van Noten Fall/Winter 2015; Rifat Ozbek Spring/Summer 1993

Left: Dries Van Noten Fall/Winter 2015 Right: Rifat Ozbek Spring/Summer 1993

Rifat Ozbek may have exited the fashion industry for interior textiles, but his signatures of multicultural influences and fabrics plays perfectly with Van Noten’s own expansive palette of references. Seeing Ozbek and Van Noten, whose aesthetic signatures are so similar, join forces would make for a tour de force of colour, print and fabric innovation.

Craig Green and Comme des Garcons

Left: Craig Green Fall/Winter 2020 Right: Comme des Garcons Fall/Winter 2018

Craig Green is one of this generation’s most outstanding menswear designers – and he’s done so by sticking to his conceptual guns and refusing to dumb down his runway presentations. It’s not dissimilar to the often opaque runway shows that Rei Kawakubo puts out for her Comme des Garcons mainline collections – both Green and Kawakubo’s work takes effort to decode and understand, but the results are always so much the better for it. 

Thierry Mugler and Marc Jacobs

Left: Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter 2018 Right: Thierry Mugler Fall/Winter 1995

A few seasons ago, Marc Jacobs began a series of runway shows that marked a return to haute couture. As in, the feeling of couture from the time of the greats in the 70s and 80s: Montana, Saint Laurent, Mugler. Thierry Mugler has, of course, seen a recent comeback on celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Cardi B, who’ve pulled many an archival Mugler look for major red carpet events. The pair up, with their mutual irreverence and technical knowhow, would be a couture dynamo.

Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano

Left: Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2020 haute couture Right: Maison Margiela Fall/ Winter 2019 artisanal

Speaking of couture masters, there’s a real case to be made for bringing together two of fashion’s great living enfants terribles. Gaultier made his name as a Frenchman upending and turning the venerable form on its head, and Galliano has a similar history as the man responsible for creating some of the most iconic couture collections for Christian Dior and now Maison Margiela. Now that Gaultier’s exited his ready to wear business as well as shown his last collection on the Paris couture schedule, there might be time for a special project – one perhaps with the all-white ateliers of Margiela and the accompanying genius of Galliano.