Culture

Kanye, Beyoncé, Hedi! The Most Epic Collaborations of 2016

February 4, 2016
Written by: Yasha Wallin
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Creators of all disciplines have collaborated for ages, often resulting in experimental, game changing, and at the very least, thought-provoking work. And with the advent of the internet, it’s never been easier for musicians, photographers, fine artists, fashion designers, product designers, and more to come together. 2016 promises a plethora of epic collaborations. Here, a sneak peak of all the magic that can happen when minds of various disciplines meet.

Daniel Arsham x Juliette Lewis x James Franco
The New York-based artist, known for his futurists 3-D sculptural works, recently launched a film studio to explore his vision on the big screen. To play out his utopian narratives, he brought in cult actors Juliette Lewis and James Franco in a nine-part video series that’s slowing rolling out this year.

Kanye West x Vanessa Beecroft
Before Kanye West hired artist Vanessa Beecroft to stage his Yeezy presentations during fashion week, she was known in the art world for her experimental, avant-garde performances usually involving nude female models. On February 11, we’ll see her third collaboration with Kanye, when he launches Yeezy Season 3 at New York Fashion Week.

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Bret Easton Ellis x Alex Israel
Revered author Bret Easton Ellis has teamed up with artist Alex Israel on a new painting series celebrating the city of Los Angeles. On view at Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills from February 25 – April 23, the paintings resemble the opening credits of feature films and the billboards of the Sunset Strip and were even fabricated at Warner Brothers by crews responsible for creating Hollywood film backdrops.

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Beyoncé x Topshop
Beyoncé’s upcoming collaboration with Topshop has fans in a frenzy. When it drops in April, 2016, this ‘athleisure’ brand will consist of items that can be worn to workout, or on the streets. The brand’s rumored name is “Ivy Park” and homage to Beyonce’s daughter’s middle name.

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Hedi Slimane x Californian Musicians
For nearly a decade Saint Laurent’s creative director Hedi Slimane—also an important photographer—has been collaborating with California-based musicians in an ongoing documentary series. He’s presented these black and white images on his blog for ten years, and now, during a special Saint Laurent runway show on February 10 at The Palladium in LA, viewers will see the images turned into a video.

Philippe Starck x sbe for SLS Park Ave
The global design icon Philippe Starck has a knack for turning any interior into an all-encompassing high-end experience. That’s what he’s done while working with sbe on SLS Beverly Hills, SLS South Beach, and SLS Las Vegas. And when SLS Park Ave in New York opens later this year, we’ll see how his attention to detail and personal approach play out at this highly anticipated property, in unexpected ways.

An aerial of Madison Square Park and surrounding area.  Manhattan, New York City.