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Fashion Collabs Are an Insult

Fashion Collabs Are an Insult

[ad_1] Earlier this year, while waiting for the subway, I encountered one of the most revolting pairs of shoes I’ve ever seen on the feet of a fellow commuter. They were the unholy spawn of a Gucci loafer and an Adidas sneaker. The design mushed together the noncomplementary traits of both brands: a slender black-leather upper with Gucci’s signature brass horsebit hardware, three white stripes on either side, and an inch-tall wooden heel stamped with a golden Adidas trefoil logo. They were the footwear equivalent of semiformal gym shorts. They looked like the shoes of a meathead leprechaun. The offending loafers are a product of the ubiquitous marketing tactic (and frequent aesthetic boondoggle) known as the collab. In the case of Gucci and Adidas, a sweeping product partnership between the two companies has yielded hundreds of pieces of co-branded clothing, shoes, and accessories since 2022: Logo bucket hats, ribbed-knit sweats, brightly colored leisure suits, handbags straight out of a Pan Am stewardess’s work wardrobe, a golf bag swathed in Gucci’s monogram fabric. These products have …