Isabel Marant x H&M

Isabel Marant x H&M
Isabel Marant x H&M

H&M just announced their latest designer collaboration will be with Isabel Marant. I think this collaboration has the potential to be the biggest one yet. It will be interesting to see Isabel Marant doing H&M instead of the usual H&M doing Isabel Marant.

The collection will hit stores November 14, 2013 and will feature clothing and accessories for women and teenagers. For the first time ever, Isabel will designer a menswear collection. The collection should hit the usual suspect of Eaton Centre, Yorkdale and Bloor Street but watch this space for updates.

Isabel Marant x H&M
Isabel Marant x H&M

“I am flattered by this collaboration. H&M works with the best designers, and this invitation is an exciting honour. I aim at creating something real – something women want to wear in their everyday lives, with a certain carefree style. I think this is very Parisian: you dress up, but don’t pay too much attention to it, and you still look sexy. The collection is infused with this kind of easiness and attitude. Everything can be combined following one’s own instincts, and my take on fashion is all about personality,” says Isabel Marant.(source:H&M Press Release)

Am I excited about this collaboration? Not really. I’m not a massive Isabel Marant fan. I’ll watch this one from the sidelines with heightened interest. I can’t wait to see the press rollout for this collection and clothing itself. I lament the fact that this means more cheap wedge sneakers around but that’s about the only flaw.

images: courtesy of H&M

David Beckham Bodywear for H&M Film by Guy Ritchie

David Beckham Bodywear for H&M Film by Guy Ritchie
David Beckham Bodywear for H&M Film by Guy Ritchie

I can stare at David Beckham pretty much any day of the week. So if you can too, I present this fun film by Guy Ritchie for the Spring Summer 2013 collection of David Beckham Bodywear for H&M. The collection is available in H&M stores and online now.

There is a lot of shirtless Beckham running around. What else can you ask for? The

image: Courtesy of H&M

I want- I got’s H&M Conscious Collection Fall Winter 2011- 2012 Top Picks

I’m liking the new H&M Conscious Collection Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 collection. I picked up a few pieces from the Spring Summer 2011 collection and I see a few fall pieces that I like.

This season the H&M Conscious Collection takes influences from romanticism and Swedish folklore.  The collection features recycled wool and organic fabrics like cotton , linen and hemp.

The Conscious Collection collection uses embroidery and lace this season and I’m hoping they look good in person too.

I’m never into H&M shoes but I love, love, love these booties.

The Conscious collection will be available staring October 6, 2011 at the Eaton Centre, Yorkdale and Bloor Street locations in Toronto. Other Canadian locations are Downtown Montreal, The Pacific Centre and Metropolis at Metrotown.

images: courtesy of H&M

H&M x Versace Fall Winter 2011 – 2012

H&M x Versace Fall Winter 2011 - 2012
Thank god I was burning the midnight oil last night so I could get this post up. H&M is teaming up with Donatella Versace for the next designer collaboration.

H&M is proud to announce that its fall 2011 designer collaboration will be with one of the world’s most legendary fashion brands, Versace. Designed by its creative director Donatella Versace, the exclusive collection will look back to the vibrant heritage of the brand, full of leather, print, colour and exuberance in exclusive materials at fantastic H&M prices. The collection will include lines for women, men and selected pieces for the home. The collection will be released in North America on Saturday, November 19th. It will be sold in about 300 stores worldwide as well as online. In addition, Donatella Versace has also designed a pre-spring collection for H&M which will be exclusively available in countries with H&M online sales from January 19th, 2012.

H&M x Versace Fall Winter 2011 - 2012

“I am thrilled to be collaborating with H&M and to have the opportunity of reaching their wide audience. The collection will be quintessential Versace, perfect for H&M and Versace fans everywhere,” says Donatella Versace.

“Versace is one of the most important brands of recent times and their collection for H&M will be glamorous and flamboyant – everything Versace stands for. Donatella Versace is sharing with us iconic designs from the archives. This is such a celebratory collaboration and is perfect for the festive season,” says Margareta van den Bosch, creative advisor at H&M.

H&M x Versace Fall Winter 2011 - 2012

For H&M, Donatella Versace has looked back to the archives to reinterpret some classic Versace designs. The womenswear collection will be dominated by dresses that express the spirit of the season, featuring studded leather, silk and colourful prints, and accessories including high heels and costume jewelry. The men’s collection will focus on sharp tailoring, including the perfect tuxedo, as well as belts and jewelry for men. For the first time in a designer collaboration at H&M, the collection will include home decor pieces including pillows and a bedspread.

This choice came out of left field for me but I look forward to the end result.

images: courtesy of H&M

i want: H&M Conscious Collection Dresses

H&M Conscious Collection
I saw the news of the new H&M Conscious Collection. I didn’t think much of it until I saw this campaign shot. I need this dress, it’s just got summertime written all over it. I think the snow is already getting to me.

H&M Conscious Collection

Sustainability is a long term trend at H&M and this April as part of the focus on sustainability H&M will introduce the Conscious Collection – The collection which is for women, men and children is made from enviromentally – adapted and greener materials such as organic cotton, Tencel® and recycled polyester. H&M’s designers have been inspired by different shades of white, one of the most important colours this Spring. A minimalist, tailored look is combined with romantic lace, Broderie Anglaise, frills and draping. The Conscious Collection will be on sale in all H&M stores from 14th April.

“It’s not just about organic cotton any more, the possibilities for creating a complete fashion statement with eco smarter materials are huge now. By designing recurring Conscious Collections we have the opportunity to show in a variety of ways what’s possible using more sustainable fabrics,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M Head of design.

H&M Conscious Collection
I poked around at the other offerings and I found myself liking some pieces with these dresses being my favourite. The are made from recycled polyester and range from $24.95 – $59.95. The skirt is organic cotton and retails for $24.95.

images: courtesy of H&M

Lanvin x H&M Fall 2010 Illustrations

Lanvin x H&M Illustrations

The Lanvin x H&M Fall Winter 2010 – 2011 Preview gave me access to the H&M press site which had all kinds of multimedia to download. The illustration above was part of the invite I received for the preview. I found two more illustrations from Alber Elbaz on the site.

Lanvin x H&M Illustrations

They call them illustrations but it looks like Alber used pieces of fabric from the collection to create people and clothing.

Lanvin x H&M Illustrations

images: courtesy of H&M

Lanvin x H&M Fall Winter 2010 – 2011 Preview

Lanvin x HM

I attended the Lanvin x H&M preview this week at the AGO. I was given the opportunity to view the collection in person and get all touchy feeling. I’m very impressed with the collection. The fabrics are well done and there are more than a few pieces that I really like.

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They’ve done a great job to translating Lanvin luxury to the H&M market. The collection is basically favourites from previous collections made at a mass market level. The clothing has shape and the right fabrics to hold and create it.  It’s mostly synthetic but that’s pretty much what Lanvin at the luxury level is too.   I ran into Tommy Ton at the preview and we browsed the racks together for a bit.  He was impressed with the fabric too.  He’s excited about the men’s pants.

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I was impressed with the packaging. It’s beautiful.  Lovely boxes that are perfect for reuse.  The garment bags are cloth and beautiful. Sometimes the packaging is just as exquisite as the item it contains. Hermes certainly knows what they are doing.

Lanvin x H&M Fall Winter 2010 - 2011 Packaging

I was really skeptical of this collection at first but I saw a lot of things that I really liked. Here are my favourites.

Lanvin x H&M Fall Winter 2010 - 2011
Dress $249, Jacket $199
Lanvin x H&M Fall Winter 2010 - 2011
Sunglasses $29.95, Necklace $39.95, Earrings $19.95, Skirt $99.00
Lanvin x H&M Fall Winter 2010 - 2011
Dresses both $199
Lanvin x H&M Fall Winter 2010 - 2011
Dresses $199

I’m not sold on the shoes and I think some of the jewellery isn’t very nice and cheap looking. I dislike the handbags too. However, there is enough really great things that gives it a thumbs up in my book. I’m not lining up to buy this collection. It’s not going to happen as I’m way too old for this shit. I’m not interested in the frenzy, elbows to the head or bitter feelings that accompanies these kind of spectacles.

some images courtesy of H&M

Lanvin x H&M Fall Winter 2010 – 2011 Video

Lanvin x H&M

You’ve probably heard the news, Lanvin is the next H&M designer collaboration. It’s a men’s and women’s collection by Lanvin’s artistic director Alber Elbaz and menswear designer Lucas Ossendrijver. There have been some photos to show up but finally here is a great video that shows a lot of the looks. I’m getting a preview of the collection on Wednesday and I’m super pumped to see this stuff in person. It’s gonna be awesome or crap.

I still think that their is a lot of potential in the jewellery department. I’ll be paying close attention.

You can see Lanvin for H&M Women’s Lookbook images on nitrolicious.com.

Lanvin x H&M

Lanvin x H&M

You’ve probably heard the news, Lanvin is the next H&M designer collaboration. It’s a men’s and women’s collection by Lanvin’s artistic director Alber Elbaz and menswear designer Lucas Ossendrijver. At first I was sad about it and discussed it on twitter a lot. Now I extremely curious as to how this will unfold and what is up H&M’s sleeve. I want to see how they translate this statement “the idea of H&M going luxury rather than Lanvin going public”. Is that some of semantic spin?

I think there is a lot of potential for the jewellery in this collaboration.  I’m speculating the clothing will be a lot of the tshirt jersey type pieces, but they may surprise me.  The collection will be released to the world on November 2, 2010 in the form of an online video at www.hm.com. It will then go on sale in North American stores on November 20, 2010 while the rest of the world has to wait until November 23, 2010.

Lanvin x H&M
image: Paolo Roversi

“H&M approached us to collaborate and see if we could translate the dream we created at Lanvin to a wider audience, not just a dress for less. I have said in the past that I would never do a mass-market collection, but what intrigued me was the idea of H&M going luxury rather than Lanvin going public. This has been an exceptional exercise, where two companies at opposite poles can work together because we share the same philosophy of bringing joy and beauty to men and women around the world.” Alber Elbaz, artistic director of Lanvin.

“We are thrilled about Lanvin’s collection for H&M, it is such an exciting moment. Lanvin will bring to H&M a luxurious French tradition that is also modern and playful. It is very much a Lanvin collection, using their cut and tailoring, with sharp focus on shape and details for both women and men. The launch in November is going to be full of wonderful surprises.” Margareta van den Bosch, creative advisor at H&M.

Sonia Rykiel x H&M for Holiday!

Sonia Rykiel Spring 2009 Ad Campaign

H&M and Sonia Rykiel president and artistic director Nathalie Rykiel are proud to announce that Sonia Rykiel will be the next guest designer for winter 2009 and spring 2010. The French house founded by the “Queen of Knits” represents the distinctive, modern and impertinent spirit of Paris. This marks the first time that H&M has extended its designer collaboration to the world of lingerie and related accessories for women, with exclusive pieces to be launched in-store on December 5, 2009. The collection will be launched in 1,500 H&M stores worldwide and at the same time, Sonia Rykiel will make this lingerie collection available in Sonia Rykiel’s major boutiques around the world – another first for H&M.

Ever fans of surprises, H&M and Sonia Rykiel are pleased to announce a second collaboration for spring 2010, featuring an iconic knitwear collection for women and girls (1.5 to 8 years old) accompanied by playful accessories. This second collection will be launched in around 250 H&M stores on February 20, 2010. (source: H&M Press Release)

image: Sonia Rykiel Spring 2009 Ad Campaign from thefashionspot.com

Jimmy Choo x H&M

Jimmy Choo Samoa Kid sandals

So the news broke last night, Jimmy Choo will be the next designer for H&M. This a big one for all the Sex in The City wannabes.

This autumn, British accessory brand Jimmy Choo will bring its international glamour and covetable shoes and bags to selected H&M stores. The collection will be available from November 14 in around 200 stores across the world. It is the first time that H&M is collaborating with an accessories brand, and to celebrate Jimmy Choo will extend its design vision for this collection to women’s clothing to complement the accessories. Further exciting news is that this collaboration includes a men’s collection of shoes, bags and accessories.

I’m not a fan of Jimmy Choo, his shoes do nothing for me in general. I’m hoping H&M does the right thing and make the shoes from leather and not plastic. If you have seen the shoes lying on the sale tables right now you can understand what I mean. A Jimmy Choo shoe out of plastic, it’s like blasphemy to me.

I predict this sale will be the most nuts. Get your elbows up if you plan on hitting H&M for the release date in November.

Have you been in H&M recently…

I have a real hate on for the spring merchandise in H&M recently. It’s terrible in there. I’m amazed at how awful everything is. Mind you I’m not impressed with Zara or Club Monaco right now either, but there are still some decent pieces in those stores. They are actually attempting to follow the trends for the season for people to purchase. I can’t tell what trends H&M are going for at all.

Dallas at H&M

This is Dallas tshirt has made me write off H&M this season. It’s offends all my fashion sensibilities and I pray I never see it on the streets.

I’m lining up overnight for this H&M collaboration.

Comme des Garçons baby!

PARIS – For its next designer collaboration, H&M is trying on something avant-garde for size and teaming up with Japanese fashion maverick Rei Kawakubo.
A onetime Comme des Garçons for H&M collection is slated to launch in early November as the Swedish fast-fashion giant opens its first stores in Japan: a 10,000-square-foot unit in Tokyo’s Ginza district and a 16,000-square-foot location in hyper-trendy Harajuku. An international rollout will follow.
Kawakubo – acclaimed for a fearless, experimental approach to fashion – will design H&M fashions for women, men and children, as well as accessories and a unisex fragrance.
H&M has sparked shopping frenzies for its annual designer collaborations with the likes of Roberto Cavalli, Stella McCartney, Viktor & Rolf and Karl Lagerfeld.

from WWD.com

Viktor & Rolf at H&M – girl on girl violence

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I did not attend. I really though about it for a moment. I’m just not ready to beat people for H&M clothes. Real Viktor & Rolf clothes at H&M prices would warrant me getting into the girl stomping mood. I’d make sure to wear my best stomping boots. I was in H&M on Friday and a sale associate told me the collection sold out in 15 mins. He also mentioned that it was ugly. I did see few pairs of the tuxedo pants left. They didn’t seem any different in quality to any other H&M product.

I thought the collection was pretty nice overall and there was a few pieces I liked. The only thing I wasn’t jazzed about the hearts. I don’t think I’ll ever try to buy anything from an H&M collection, even if it was Alexander McQueen. It’s just too much trouble and I don’t care enough.

image: H&M

Coming to H&M this fall

viktor and rolf F/W07
After rumours of Prada working with H&M were squashed I’ve been wondering who would be next. The Daily has told me that it will be Viktor & Rolf. They will do men’s and women’s collection. I have never lined up for any of H&M’s designer collections, much too lazy. Karl’s collection did nothing for me (sorry Karl, I do like your stuff) and there were a few pieces I liked from Stella. I could line up for Viktor & Rolf, potentially even beat people. Time will tell, the collection is suppose to drop Novermber 2006.

photo: style.com