By Kerry Ingram, Assistant Arts & Life Editor
If there’s one thing that I love more than beauty and fashion (and goats; for those of you who are not aware, I am obsessed with goats…it’s a bit of a problem), it’s food. I love food.
More importantly, I love a good taco. Tacos are worth having their own day of the week, and apparently our friendly neighborhood retailer, Forever 21, thinks so too.
The company already won hearts over with the grand opening of their new beauty store, Riley Rose, in late September, and has now launched its latest collaboration with Taco Bell. This partnership is one I would have never predicted, but I am also not mad about it.
The limited-edition collection officially launched Oct. 11, and is Taco Bell’s first time collaborating with a retailer for a fashion collection. The line includes the bright and bold graphics of the fast food chain’s normal advertising, all packaged in the form of Forever 21 merchandise, giving off major 90s vibes.
This launch is just the beginning of major moves for Taco Bell – according to a report by Alternative Press, the company recently revealed its plans to open several “cantinas,” or bar-styled food locations, by 2022.
Forever 21’s Taco Bell collection includes a range of fun fashion and tech finds, from graphic tees to phone cases printed with mini tacos and hot sauce icons. The line offers options for women, men and children, allowing for a wide range of fans to feel included in the partnership.
My favorite item is the men’s anorak, a black jacket adorned with colorblocking, a drawstring hood, and the Taco Bell logo printed on the sleeves. I wish this item was available as a free gift with a taco purchase, but there’s only so much happiness you can truly have.
There’s no exact date for when the collection’s availability will end; however, I have a strong feeling that its popularity, especially amongst college students, will be massive. I can see the Tumblr and Instagram posts already.
Now I’m just waiting for the day that “fast-fashion” becomes as easy to get as fast food; if Forever 21 creates a drive-thru as part of its collaboration with Taco Bell, you better believe my car will be the first in line.