Wow! Can you believe it’s been 10 years and 14 collaborations for H&M already! I mean, I remember only becoming an H&M fan since about 2007 and only following the collaborations since 2010 when a Lanvin was announced as the new designer to collaborate. Looking back at the first collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld had me feeling like I was living under a rock at the time.
The collaborations has become so popular that it’s considered one of the top most anticipated announcements in fashion today. Many rumours are usually started to guess who the next designer will be; then you have insiders who leak the news ahead of the official announcements and of course the tease here and there from the designers themselves. Once that announcement is made, its immediate countdown until the collections hits stores for fans. H&M has done something so unique in the fashion world that has never been done before. They have given fans of high end luxury brands the opportunity to afford these designer pieces. Retailers have sure caught on as you can see with Target’s success down this path, having collaborated with popular brands themselves. We’ve seen them collaborate with Prabal Gurung, Phillip Lim and most recently TOMS.
Some of my favourite collaborations included Lanvin, Maison Martin Margiela, Isabel Marant and the upcoming Alexander Wang. It will be interesting to see who the next designer will be, but I’m crossing my fingers for Celine.
Take a trip down memory lane and you may be surprised to see who the past designers were, see all 14 H&M collaborations to date below.
Summer is quickly slipping away from us, so this may just be one my last few moments in shorts until Spring. In this look I’m keeping a neutral palette with a pop of colour and mix prints. My tip is to treat leopard print as if it were a neutral – if you’re able to think this way you will be able to pair your leopard print with just about anything with no fear. Keep in mind that in small dosages works best. Here I paired mines with small horizontal stripes, khaki and a pop of orange to give the look some colour. Style tip: when pairing two prints together, make sure one is large and one is just tad smaller to give your outfit some dimension. Khaki is classic and neutral so this sleeveless trench helped pull together my look to give it a cleaner feel. See below for some of my favourite pieces to help you put this look together yourself.
I’m all for mixing and matching and looking a little undone at times; so in this look I left the top untucked, to give off a more laid back look. Pairing a classic piece like the blazer with ripped jeans is a mix match made in heaven. In this look there’s an equal balance between nudes and brights, and casual and classics. Instead of the classic white button up I decided to pair the blazer with a neon green sleeveless one instead. Style tip: To take your look from the norm to the next level, choose classic pieces with a new spin on it. It can be anything from a different fabric, pattern or cut. This look is great for a casual Friday in a more creative office environment.