Posts Tagged ‘H&M’

News

Hadley Freeman says enough to high fashion on the high street

By admin on August 19th, 2008

comme des garcons hm pictures.jpgRare are the occasions when I disagree with Hadley Freeman, there was a bit of fuss about bright opaque tights when her book came out but on the whole she’s a good ‘un.
Today in Guardian though Hadders was less than enthusiastic about the Comme des Garçons collection for H&M saying: “while Comme’s granddad styles might look like the apogee of chic when done with the highest quality of fabrics and sold in the snootiest of department stores, the budget versions, one suspects, will have a different look.”

Ok so the hammer pants may not become one of the bestsellers but the menswear is actually pretty good. We featured pictures yesterday and I think this will be one designer collection the men can actually get their teeth into, for once.



Designer Spotlight, News, Trends

Comme des Garçons for H&M revealed

By admin on August 18th, 2008

Pictures of the forthcoming Comme des Garçons collection for H&M have been leaked to Fashionista and my intial verdict is thumbs up for the menswear. The women’s collection might be a little overly quirky (I’m reserving final opinion for when the range hits the shops) but the menswear is spot on, no pun intended. Rei Kawakubo has obviously retained CDG’s spirit in a surprisingly mainstream collection. From what I can see it’s a mix of quality tailoring with some well-placed, original flourishes like bias-cut fabrics and contrasting buttonholes.

Can I put in a request for polka dots to take the crown from stripes? We just need to find a successor to plaid for next spring. Answers on a postcard please.

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Clothing, Designer Spotlight, News

H&M’s Fashion forward collection

By admin on July 30th, 2008

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We talked briefly about H&M’s fashion forward capsule collection and now that pictures are available, we can all get a good gawk at them. Whilst it ultimately comes down to fit and build quality, on first look I’m slightly disappointed.

There’s a reliance on the colour grey, presumably to tone down the edginess of the looks and some of the pieces have already been done on the high street. On the bright side, I do like the look of the blazer on the far right and Rick Owens-esque long sleeved shirt (far left) looks like it could be an interesting piece. You’ll be able to judge for yourself come mid September, when the collection is released.



Clothing, Designer Spotlight, News

H&M to push the boundaries of their menswear collection

By admin on July 11th, 2008

hmmen.jpgH&M have decided to put a little more elbow grease into their menswear line, focusing on a sort of premium range that will be at thirty stores worldwide. Although no mention is made of COS in the article, it’s likely that the success of their upscale big brother has led them to the conclusion that men will gladly pay more for higher quality.

According to head of men’s design Ann-Sofie Johansson, the collection will focus on daring pieces like jumpsuits, fake fur coats (hopefully like the one that was on Asos) and pieces with clever detailing. The collection will be available in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Hong Kong, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States from mid September.

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Designer Spotlight, Entertainment, News

Roberto Cavalli unlikely to do another diffusion line

By admin on June 2nd, 2008

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Roberto Cavalli’s H&M diffusion line was a major success sales wise but he’s unlikely to do another range, if a recent Telegraph interview was anything to go by. In the interview, Cavalli also stated that he “detest(s) men – dressed or naked” – which goes a long way to explaining why his menswear range for H&M was so awful.

His main gripe was with celebrity diffusion lines, on which he says “I’m very much against all these celebrities doing diffusion lines…Kate Moss’s collection was badly made, stupid and bland; you see things like that everywhere. You can’t just buy things for the label – it’s ridiculous.”



Polls

What is your favourite high street store?

By admin on April 23rd, 2008

oxford street london high street.jpgIt’s well known that while the UK high street is second to none for women it’s still lagging behind for menswear. Things have improved recently but there is still a blokey pub-lad feel at some of the chains.

Draper’s recently went to Oxford Street to rate the stores for their High Street Hit or Miss feature visiting everywhere from Ted Baker and Reiss to the slightly dodgy Officers Club. What is your favourite high street store? Take our poll and let us know!

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Designer Spotlight, Footwear

You Would If You Could: Busy Boots

By Will Reid on April 23rd, 2008

gold+boots.jpgAfter too many torturous nights of Cotton Eye Joe and Cowboy-clad cankles, customised boots have been effectively ruined. From D&G to Calvin Klein, embellished boots have done the rounds this season and I want in on the action. My brown leather Chelsea’s have blurred into wardrobe background and now I’m looking out for glittery, brightly coloured boots without any Simon Cowell heel. I don’t want hi-tops or Converse-style trainers but proper Dior Homme-on-a-budget boots.

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News

Comme des Garcons for H&M coming to a store near you in Autumn!

By admin on April 3rd, 2008

H&M commes des garcons collection menswear.jpgThe closest I’ve come to being this excited about an H&M collaboration is the forthcoming Marimekko collection, but the news that Comme Des Garçons are planning a collection with H&M surely tops them all.

The collection will include womenswear and menswear as well as accessories and a unisex fragrance which I can’t wait to sniff! Rei Kawakubo, Comme des Garçons’ designer and founder is also producing a few children’s pieces.

Margareta van den Bosch, who recently took semi-retirement but is still at H&M as creative advisor said: “Rei Kawakubo has been at the top of our wish list for a long time and we are thrilled that she has chosen to collaborate with us.” Visit Catwalk Queen to keep reading.



Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Suits & Tailoring

Cheap Monday’s Kostym range

By admin on April 1st, 2008
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Cheap Monday look set to keep on branching out with their KOSTYM
range. Featuring suits, trench coats and the ubiquitous check shirt, the detailing on the items is what they’re hoping will set them apart. The asymmetrical buttoning on the trench coats is similar to 70′s leather jackets and the suits are very slim fit.

After H&M’s buyout of the company it’s interesting to see the brand move into suits. Topman are pretty much the only company specializing in tight suits and it’ll be interesting to see if H&M start stocking Cheap Monday in a select few of their outlets in order to compete. If you can’t wait that long you can order some of the Kostym range from Alter.



News

H&M teams up with Designers Against Aids

By admin on December 27th, 2007

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Rihanna, Timbaland and Brandish favourite, designer Henrk Vinskov are amongst the artists who have collaborated with H&M and Designers Against AIDS on a new collection of T-shirts and tops aimed at raising awareness of AIDS amongst 15-24 year olds.
I only hope we’re not getting fatigued with all these charity initiatives as some of the facts that this initiative is highlighting are quite galling and deserve attention: 50% of new infections are amongst 15-24 year olds; 12 million young people now carry the HIV virus; and every 15 seconds, a young person is infected. As Henrik’s T-shirt states: “Be Aware – It’s still happening”.
The collection launches in February and is good and cheap as you’d expect form H&M (£7.99 – £19.99). 25% of the profits go to helping prevent HIV infection around the world.
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H&M retro watch

By ShinyMedia on April 25th, 2007

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H&M have got a great range of men’s watches this season, my personal favourite is the retro design above. With it’s boxy characters and circle cutouts on the strap it’s perfect to a add a bit of style to a plain suit outfit. You can get your mitts on the watch for £29.99, which is reasonable enough to leave you some cash for novelty socks.



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Collection of Style menswear

By Isabelle on April 11th, 2007

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There’s no denying that women get the best deal on the high street but COS, the latest H&M offshoot  offers what I think might be the best high street clothing for men. I paid a visit to the Regent’s Street store this morning and tried on some of their women’s clothing, but for obvious reasons couldn’t get dressing room shots of the men’s stuff! I did have a good look though and it’s all fashion conscious, without trying too hard. Simple clothes allow features like interesting cuts, on-trend colours and pretty prints to shine. There was lots of dove grey, navy and chartreuse green. See after the cut for more COS images.

Read my womenswear COS review on Catwalk Queen

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David Bowie curates H&M High Line festival

By Isabelle on April 5th, 2007

BowieAnother icon, this time the wonderful David Bowie who
is curating an H&M sponsored music festival in New York this May. The High Line festival is a new multi-discipline arts festival that will be curated by a different artist each year. Spread over ten days there will be music, comedy, film, visual art and performance all handpicked by the Thin White Duke himself. The festival is named after the area which contains the High Line, a disused
elevated rail structure soon to be a community space with wetlands and meadows which runs
through the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Hells
Kitchen. Bowie picks for the festival include Arcade Fire, Laurie Anderson, art by Claude Cahun and comedy with Ricky Gervais.



Clothing, News

Collection of Style store

By Isabelle on April 3rd, 2007

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Over at Catwalk Queen we’re quite excited by the opening of COS, H&M’s new offshoot. It is only one store in London for now but hopefully we’ll see a nationwide expansion as their classic range is perfect for the stylish but not too kooky male. Susie Bubble has been raving about the collection and it does look a lot better than most high street menswear available at the moment.




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