Designer Collabs That Should Be Real: Kiddie Cartoon Edition

We've already shown you our dream movie/style mash-ups and shared the brands we think would work swimmingly together—but for this round of Designer Collabs That Should Be Real, we're getting animated.

As children, our cartoon TV series of choice—My Little Pony, Care Bears—informed our lunch box selections, sticker collections and, yes, clothing purchases. So we went a step further and paired our favorite kiddie characters with some of the coolest brands and stores out there. They may be the television toons of our youth, after all, but they're just as cool today. Click through for some serious nostalgia.


Doug for J.Crew

More than a decade after the show ended in the late '90s, the Doug theme song still makes us smile. This gangly Bluffington student always recognized the power of a good sweater vest, and we'd love to see his sartorial signature rendered in J.Crew's deliciously soft cashmere—not to mention Patti Mayonnaise's oh-so-Jenna-Lyons polka-dot pullover. Bonus points if the retailer whipped up some collars and canine carriers in honor of Porkchop, too.

Doug image courtesy of Nickelodeon / Everett Collection


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Warby Parker

OK, so these artfully-named reptiles didn't exactly need vision correction—but still, wouldn't their signature blue, orange, red and green hues look awesome on Warby's stylish eyewear? So much more wearable than those ninja masks the turtles wore—not to mention less threatening. We're all for a set of bright tortoiseshell specs. Turtle power!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles image courtesy of Everett Collection


Rainbow Brite for American Apparel

When in search of colorful hoodies, boldly-hued basics and disco duds, American Apparel's our domestically-produced go-to. And who better to team up with the company than Rainbow Brite, she of the striped moon boots, hair bows and overalls? We already know the folks at AmApp love a good pair of leg warmers; here's their opportunity to produce Crayola color-blocked versions (to tuck into some matching moon boots, obviously).

Rainbow Brite image courtesy of Hallmark Entertainment / Everett Collection


My Little Pony for Comme des Garçons Play

You probably still remember the icons your My Little Pony had emblazoned on its behind (mine had stars and clouds). And from its previous team-ups with Where's Waldo? and The Simpsons' Matt Groening, we know Rei Kawakubo isn't averse to the occasional cartoon collab. Might we suggest magical equines splashed with the Play collection's signature peeping hearts—and likewise, pony-embroidered Play tees, cardis and sneakers?

My Little Pony image courtesy of Hasbro Industries / Sunbow Productions / Mary Evans / Ronald Grant / Everett Collection


Pokémon for Opening Ceremony

The store's joined forces with Tron, Where the Wild Things Are, the Muppets and more—and next, we'd love to see Opening Ceremony roll out a line of merch inspired by Charmander, Pikachu, Jigglypuff and all our other favorite species from the Pokédex. Lord knows Poké Ball sunglasses are no crazier than what the store usually stocks—and come to think of it, Ash's signature snapback wouldn't look too out of place at New York Fashion Week. Gotta catch 'em all.

Pokémon image courtesy of Cartoon Network / Neal Peters Collection


Babar for Maison Kitsuné

With his stately crown, green three-piece suit and tiny red bowtie, Babar's one of the most beloved French children's book heroes ever created (the Little Prince is adorable and all, but he has the advantage of opposable thumbs). So what would happen if Maison Kitsuné's Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki temporarily abandoned their label's signature fox logo in favor of a noble pachyderm? We'd buy it for sure.

Babar image courtesy of HBO / Neal Peters Collection


Jem and the Holograms for MAC

While brainstorming ideas for this story, we were actually shocked MAC hadn't tapped Jem (née Jerrica), Kimber, Aja and Shana for a collab yet. After all, their beauty looks were a major highlight of the series—think pink eyeshadow, bright lip gloss and some truly crazy contouring. Oh, and just imagine the nail possibilities. Who's down for a holographic mani?

Jem and the Holograms image courtesy of Everett Collection