The Best Fashion Collaborations of 2010

This past year marked a medley of exciting, sometimes unexpected partnerships -- from Lanvin dresses for H&M to Simon Doonan costumes for Target. Here are the cream of the year's crop.

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NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 18: A model walks the runway during the Lanvin for H&M Haute Couture Show at The Pierre Hotel on November 18, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for H&M)
This past year marked a medley of exciting, sometimes unexpected partnerships. The biggest, of course, was the legendary house of Lanvin linking up with H&M. Fashion folk went mad for the stunning dresses, including Anna Dello Russo, who walked in the Lanvin for H&M Haute Couture show last month.
Fenton/Fallon jewelry designer Dana Lorenz created a stellar collection for J. Crew last spring, buddying up with the store's creative director (and fellow style denizen) Jenna Lyons in the process.
Opening Ceremony
In keeping with its French theme for 2010, Opening Ceremony created a massive Parisian flea market for Fashion's Night Out in New York, debuting a series of collaborations with agnès b., Ladurée, Patrik Ervell, Colette, Keds, and more. Some of the pieces -- like the scarves made with Paris' legendary Deyrolle taxidermy shop -- are still available online.
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Sweet Brit "it" girl Alexa Chung churned out lovely collections for Madewell this year, sharing her coveted "groupie meets schoolgirl" aesthetic coast-to-coast.
When Liberty of London brought its cheery prints stateside for a collaboration with Target, New Yorkers cleared out the pop-up filled with clothing, accessories and home goods in a flash.
Amanda Mae Jolie
Erin Fetherston had a heavy task in front of her, when charged with breathing new fashion life into Juicy Couture's holiday offerings. Critics were quieted, for the most part, by the designer's festive velvet and sequined party frocks and accessories.
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Jean Paul Gaultier gave his iconic cone bra a second turn, following up Madonna's Material Girl tour costume with ultra luxurious lingerie for La Perla.
Costello Tagliapietra chose Uniqlo for its first-ever mass-market collaboration, citing the Japanese chain's attention to quality and detail as their motivation.
Thread NY
Fashion insiders have loved Vena Cava for a while, but the independent label expanded their influence this fall with a collection for Bloomingdale's Aqua line.
With little fanfare, the Brooklyn-based DIY-fashion collective BurdaStyle teamed up with the Gap on a crowd-sourced collection of re-imagined denim pieces, creating a model that's sure to pave the way for other such initiatives.
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Cynthia Rowley was a collaboration queen in 2010, lending her hand to everything from Band-Aids to surf-chic duds for Roxy, but the jewel in the crown came in the form of diapers. Cynthia Rowley for Pampers definitely marked a first for high-fashion.
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Though it was released only in Europe, Valentino for the Gap marked a new direction for the house, from which the eponymous designer recently resigned. The label's signature feminine ruffles popped up on Gap basics from jackets to pants, and we're crossing our fingers for an American edition in 2011.
The year's wildest collaboration had to be Simon Doonan's Halloween Couture Salon for Target. The Barneys creative director unleashed his madcap style on a line of pop-culture-inspired costumes that topped off at $30. Our favorite was the human meatball.
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