9 Cop-Worthy Collabs From Gen-Z Approved Brands That Just Make Sense

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It’s always an exciting time whenever a collab or crossover happens in the world of beauty and fashion. You don’t know which brands, labels, or creatives will come together, but you just know that a certain kind of magic will be made. It’s even better when you don’t see the crossover happening. And over the past year, so far, there have been quite a few collabs that just made sense and had us double-tapping our screens and pressing add-to-cart. Scroll down for a list of special drops you may want to cop before the year ends.


Croc's x Levi's

What happens when you put a 150-year-old denim manufacturer and an iconic shoe brand in one room? You get this stunning capsule collection from Levi’s and Crocs. This drop features an all-new take on Crocs’ All-Terrain Clog, with a design featuring a denim-wrapped panel, Sashiko stitching, and Levi’s staples, such as the Red Tab on the right shoe and button shanks on the heel strap. Another piece to watch out for is the tie-dye print Classic Clog inspired by the Japanese technique of Shibori dyeing. And yes, both come with special premium Jibbitz.


Spongebob x Careline

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? A beauty girlie, that’s who, thanks to this collaboration between SpongeBob SquarePants and Careline. From contours, liquid blushes, and liquid highlighters, this collection is giving us major Y2K vibes as SpongeBob and friends help us get that snatched beat.


Billie Eilish’s partnership with Nike is the gift that keeps on giving. And in 2023, she gave us another one with the reintroduction of the Nike Air Alpha Force 88. The 80s silhouette comes in two colorways, the first being the one Michael Jordan wore in January 1988 at a game against the New York Knicks, which was where the shoe made its debut, as well as a Black/White option. Keeping in line with Billie and Nike’s advocacy for environmentalism, the fly kicks are made with sustainable and recycled materials.


In 2022, H&M made history with the launch of its first-ever collection with Filipino brand DBTK. This year, they continue that partnership as the Swedish powerhouse and local streetwear brand team up with artist Garapata for an exclusive Philippine collection that marries the vibrant worlds of streetwear and art. From hoodies to tees and more, the drip game got turned to an 11.


Uniqlo is no stranger to getting social media talking with their special collections, like partnering with Spy x Family and Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 for UT collections. But their crossover with Studio Ghibli may just be one of their best this year. The 26-piece collection, which was made in collaboration with Thai artist Kanyada Phatan, ranges from tees, shirts, and accessories and incorporates the animation studio’s iconic characters and designs. Even their viral mini shoulder bags get new variants with Totoro and Catbus designs. Sleek, stylish, and nostalgic, Uniqlo x Studio Ghibli gave what needed to be given.


In hindsight, NewJeans partnering with The Powerpuff Girls for the cartoon’s 25th anniversary made all kinds of sense. But when the two announced the collab during the group’s comeback, many were left gagged. Aside from transforming NewJeans into their own Powerpuff Girls for their New Jeans music video, the collab also included a collection for Line Friends that included, among other things, key chains, phone cases, caps, and shirts.

NewJeans really gave the childhood-favorite cartoon a Gen Z makeover, and we’re here for it. If you want to cop the collection for yourself, you can visit the NewJeans x Play Line Friends pop-up on the 5th floor of Mega Fashion Hall at SM Megamall. They’ll be there until December 23, 2023.


Fenty x Puma

Before there was Fenty Beauty, there was FENTY X PUMA. Rihanna lowkey helped change the game with her collections with PUMA from 2015 to 2018. And this 2023, the superstar returns as the Creative Director of FENTY x PUMA with a multi-year partnership and several product launches in the pipeline First up on the list is the FENTY x PUMA Avanti, an unconventional mix of two PUMA icons blending the high-quality leather design of the King football boot with the outsole of the heritage running shoe, Easy Rider.

The shoes have buttery soft vintage leather, a fold-over tongue with a debossed and printed gold-foil FENTY, and a PUMA CAT logo. With a gum outsole and leather footbed, the details of the Avanti nod to PUMA’s deep history and heritage in the sport of football. The black and white version is complimented by a chrome execution with laser-etched logos and leather chrome details. Aside from online, limited pairs are available at PUMA’s EDSA Shangri-la store.


Earlier this year, Netflix tapped Lacoste for a special collection that reimagined the sportswear brand’s green crocodile through the lens of the streaming services’ biggest shows. Polos, sweatshirts, tracksuits, caps, and more were given the Netflix treatment as eight shows, such as Stranger Things, Bridgerton, and The Witcher, made their way onto the French brand’s silhouettes and everyday wear. If ever you wanted to see the Lacoste crocodile as a Demogorgon on a polo, here’s your chance.


Dua Lipa has been a fan of Versace for years, often wearing their designs for performances or events. She even walked in one of their shows. 2023 took Dua’s partnership with the fashion house to a new level when she and Donatella Versace co-designed a collection called La Vacanaza. True to its name, this Dua x Versace team-up is all about living your best life during a vacation at all times, as exemplified by the pieces ranging from gowns to beachwear. The collection also has a vintage aspect to it, with the looks harkening to Versace staples such as metallics, butterflies, and polka-dot designs.

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