The 26 Best Fashion + Beauty Collabs Of 2016


Collaborations can be tricky to pull off because it all depends on great minds thinking alike and then working as one. We can't even begin to fathom the process that goes into selecting celebrities to come on as ambassadors, collaborators, or partners, but designers made it look like a piece of cake in 2016. This year, we were witness to an overwhelming amount of campaigns that were collaborative dreams come true. Here are 26 of our favorite collaborations in beauty and fashion that happened this year. We can't wait to see what 2017 has in store—or in stores. (We better start saving up now!) Peep our picks in the gallery, below.

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Rihanna x Puma

Ever since Rihanna blessed us with the Fenty Puma collection, life as we know it has been forever changed. Every piece is a must-have for your wardrobe, and we voluntarily throw all of our money at the brand on every release date.

Photo courtesy of OPI

Kerry Washington x OPI

Despite the fact that this collection was Washington, D.C.-themed (à la Scandal), there are no politics surrounding this polish. The actress made many of the shades with women of color in mind, so she gets two big thumbs-up from us. Read our review here.

Photo courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger

Gigi Hadid x Tommy Hilfiger

America's next top supermodel partnering with one of America's favorite fashion brands is basically a match made in heaven. We've been waiting for the collab to launch since the news broke about the model being tapped as the new Global Brand Ambassador last year.

Photo courtesy of Urban Decay

Gwen Stefani x Urban Decay

What's not to love about one of the most iconic alt-pop stars creating our dream makeup line? No doubt that this was one of the best collections of the year.

Photo courtesy of Missguided

Amber Rose x Missguided

This collection is bursting with pretty in pink vibes. We're always happy to see Amber Rose succeed, and this collection was a major milestone.

Photo courtesy of M.A.C.

Selena Quintanilla x M.A.C.

The lifelong fans of the late singer asked, and M.A.C. delivered. This special collection was made for the queen, and it warms out hearts that her legacy was honored in this way.

Photo courtesy of M.A.C.

Mariah Carey x M.A.C.

This should have happened a long time ago when Glitter hit the silver screen, but beggers can't be choosers.

Photo courtesy of Guess

A$AP Rocky x Guess Original 

Who would have thought that this pretty face from Harlem, New York, would be responsible for getting boys to care about denim again? Long live the '90s.

Photo courtesy of M.A.C.

Ariana Grande x M.A.C.

Make way for this dangerous woman on the loose! The princess of pop officially made her mark with this cute collab. Viva La Glam, indeed.

Photo courtesy of Public Desire

Hailey Baldwin x Public Desire

This is the first time that we've seen the model take charge in her line of work. For this collection, she was super hands-on as a designer for the pieces and director for the shoot. Trendsetters, take notes.

Photo courtesy of Covergirl

Katy Perry x Covergirl

Meow, that’s what we’re talking about. This popstar was feline fine with her adorable cat-themed collection of matte lipsticks. All 13 shades were absolutely purrrrrfect.

Photo courtesy of Manolo Blahnik

Rihanna x Manolo Blahnik

RiRi has something for everyone, include all you couture chicks. This collection was specifically designed for all the savages out there cashing checks and breaking hearts.

Photo courtesy of Adidas

Pharrell Williams x Adidas Originals

We totally got our N.E.R.D. on when this collection dropped over the summer. Williams brought new meaning to embroideries, graphic illustrations, and those iconic trefoil tees with a sleek line of varsity jackets, tanks, shorts, and more. The lookbook alone had us dying to get our hands on every piece.

Photo courtesy of Target

Victoria Beckham x Target

We would never have guessed that Posh has an interest in the bullseye way of life, but her signing on as a design partner for the mega-retailer was quite the spring fling. The collaboration marked Beckham's introduction to children's wear with an estimated 200 items.

Photo courtesy of Estee Lauder

Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder

Beckham's goal was to make women feel empowered, sexy, and confident with this collection—and she totally nailed it. Channel your inner, Posh!

Photo courtesy of Stuart Weitzman

Gigi Hadid x Stuart Weitzman

What hasn't Gigi done this year? We never have enough boots in our closet, and we certainly made room for these bad boys.

Photo courtesy of Ciate London

Olivia Palermo x Ciate London

Truly another match made in heaven. Palermo has always had an eye for detail, and we completely trust her selection of chic colors for this nail polish collection. We'd like to think that she came up with all the names too.

Photo courtesy of Topshop

Beyoncé x Topshop

Athleisure never looked so good. Ivy Park completely changed the way we see the world of fitness. We can't wait to hit the gym in the next collection.

Photo courtesy of Too Faced

Kat Von D x Too Faced

This might very well be the greatest beauty collab yet. I mean, it's basically like your BFFs deciding to tie the knot and then bringing a precious baby into the world. They really are "better together," though. Volume I, here we come.

Photo courtesy of Marks and Spencer

Alexa Chung x Marks and Spencer

This collection makes us despise winter a little bit less. Cold weather doesn't hurt when you've got something to throw on that is designed by Britain's go-to It Girl. The style icon essentially wants us to be the life of the party, so all of these pieces are luxurious AF. Cheers!

Photo courtesy of @saintheron/Instagram

Solange x CMEO Collective

The Saint Heron e-shop has been stocked with the coolest collabs all year round, but this is one of the best buys. The Australian label is one of our cult favorites, and we love that it designed a collection that embodies what Solange is all about. Paint us in pastel pink forever.

Photo courtesy of M.A.C.

Tinashe x Halsey x Lion Babe x Dej Loaf x M.A.C.

Because four is better than one, and these ladies are forces to be reckoned with. We loved everything that M.A.C.'s Future Forward Campaign represented—these women deserve to shine in the spotlight. Oh, and the products that they created are super dope too.

Photo courtesy of Urban Decay

Ruby Rose x Urban Decay

We can't think of a more likable face to represent one of the most badass beauty brands. It's not hard to see why she's the ultimate muse and a perfect fit for the new Vice lipsticks. Read our interview with the actress about the line here.

Photo courtesy of M.A.C.

Taraji P. Henson x M.A.C.

Treat yourself to these cosmetic cookies. These products were made for a powerhouse.

Photo courtesy of Estee Edit

Kendall Jenner x Estee Edit

It was only a matter of time before Kendall made her way into the cosmetics industry. Unlike Kylie and her lip kits, Kendall isn't making her own line, though. We love Estee Lauder, so we were beyond thrilled to hear about the new collection of makeup and skin-care products.

Photo courtesy of H&M

Kenzo x H&M

Colors, and prints, and diversity, oh my! We'd been waiting for this collection to launch since the initial announcement back in May. The lookbook, starring brand ambassadors Chance the Rapper, Iman, and Suboi, is also the most beautiful thing we've ever seen