Inspired by Taylor Swift and Stella McCartney’s collaborative collection in celebration of Swift’s new album, ‘Lover’ we got to thinking. Who would we love new albums from, and who would they collab with? Once upon a time in 2014, Beyoncé dropped her self-titled album without warning onto streaming services. Such a thing had never been done before, and now dropping a body of music has become a verb. To pull a Beyoncé. Will collaborating with a designer becoming pulling a Taylor? Here are our top ten artist-designer album drop collaborations and see the full gallery below:
Beyoncé with Maison Valentino
Because would there ever be a more iconic duo? We became inspired when Queen Bey wore the Valentino SS19 Couture Gown in the Spirit video (see above). Pierpaolo Piccioli is king of the most epic gowns in the most electrifying colours. Beyoncé is… well, Beyoncé. This would be so good.
Frank Ocean with Prada
The chance of this happening is probably 0.01% but Frank showing up to the Met Gala in all black nylon Prada and then attending the show this year was everything we never expected but absolutely loved. Our world collided. This would make history in many ways. And any excuse for new Frank Ocean music and new Prada nylon.
Billie Eilish with Balenciaga
It just seems right. Demna Gvasalia and Billie Eilish seem like they would ride the same wavelength of disproportionately fabulous pieces that Eilish and her millions of minions could rule the world in, in wizz-fizzing neons and matching pieces. And a fire sneaker collab.
A$AP Ferg in A-Cold-Wall*
Samuel Ross’ A-Cold-Wall* is getting a lot of rapper’s attention as of late. Ferg sat front row at the most recent menswear show in London and looked good, real good. Ferg has been designing clothes for years and studied fashion before his rap career took off. We see this collection as a lot of sly basics but cleverly reconstructed and laser cut with the ACW logo updated to feature ‘ACW x ASAP’. We’d like that ACW, asap.
Kanye West with Louis Vuitton Menswear
Please, let us dream. We know such a thing wouldn’t happen because yes, Yeezy exists but it would be such a full circle moment for Virgil Abloh and Kanye West to collaborate on a collection to simultaneously drop with a new Kanye album. And the world would go crazy. Maybe in a parallel universe.
Miley Cyrus with Versace
Miley Cyrus’ recent single-girl rockstar lewk which consists of the slickest, and most likely stickiest to-the-leg shiny leather pants and white ribbed singlet with a whole lotta gold jewellery piled high is a perfect Versace music moment. Donatella and Miley creating a collection of the most extra accessories to pair with a whole lot of gold-hardware emblazoned leather. Yes.
Lana Del Rey with Gucci
Yes, she is one of the faces of the brand but a Lana collaboration with Alessandro Michele would be simply euphoric. And with a lot of great references. The new album ‘Norman F*****g Rockwell” drops on the 30th August. Chop, chop. (We also note that Harry Styles would be a great collaboration with Gucci but since he basically is in every campaign we passed. Also not sure how his fanbase would take to purchasing a collection of flower-powered tailored suits – but we know to never underestimate them).
Skepta with Dior Homme
Simply because Skepta looked really good in Dior Homme and the most recent menswear show. And we like a little Brit boy power. Skepta wearing a soft pink suit whilst spitting his grimey rhymes? We like it.
Travis Scott with Supreme
The ultimate hypebeast collaboration. Not one to shy away from showing off his Supreme collection on the gram, who else would collaborate with the ultimate streetwear skate label than Scott? He would definitely be their chosen one. This is a collaboration we see happening. Can’t wait to see we called it.
Rihanna with Fenty
Last but not least, perhaps the most awaited album of the decade. We won’t be surprised if the Bad Gal releases a new collection to drop in time with a new album. Why wouldn’t she? Riri is the first woman of colour leading a brand at LVMH. The ultimate flex.