Ever since H&M collaborated with Karl Lagerfeld for their first ever high-fashion collaboration back in 2004, the collaborations, and the hysteria around them, have been coming in fast and thick. This month the high street brand unveiled one of their coolest collections to date in partnership with Kenzo. I managed to get my hands on one of the hero pieces – the zebra print turtleneck, which I styled with a vinyl, shearling biker, a black asymmetric skirt and gold ankle boots.
H&M Kenzo 2016
With people camping outside the H&M store from the night before, and the site crashing literally within minutes of its 9am launch, the hysteria around the H&M Kenzo collaboration was particularly cray, (although still likely not quite as frenetic as last year’s Balmain collection.)
Having set my alarm and
impatiently refreshing the HM x Kenzo page (for two hours!!), it was a nifty little tip I found while searching the hm kenzo hashtags on Twitter that enabled me to actually get my hands on any of it. The app!! Why of course!
Within minutes I had managed to bag myself two iconic pieces: the leather jacket with faux-shearling pink interior (which I heartbreakingly had to return due to the fact that even a size small, what with its HUGELY oversize style was ridiculously big on me) and this gorgeous zebra print red turtleneck.
The Tab recently wrote an interesting piece on how buy-to-sell culture has ruined high street collaborations. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that they’ve been *ruined* but waiting two hours just to get onto the website, where you know most things will likely be sold out because someone will have bought numerous with the intention of tripling the price and re-peddling it on Ebay… Well, it’s a little tedious, to say the least. But that’s not to say the collabs won’t still be coming in fast and thick. Victoria Beckham is one of the latest to announce a high fashion x high street partnership in the form of her forthcoming collaboration with Target.
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Animal print is one of those errr will I look like Pretty Woman / someone’s seriously unstylish grandma / a bit like an idiot type things. It’s easy to do wrong, but also really easy to do right, if you do it right. One of those forever staples, this season its more abundant than ever, and there are gorgeous renditions at all prices. I particularly love this animal print zebra turtleneck in red that was one of the H&M x Kenzo collaboration hero buys. Click here to see Who What Wear’s edit of the best animal print.
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I styled the jumper with potentially my favourite buy of the season so far: River Island’s shearling, vinyl jacket. At just £90 it looks and feels way, way more glam than its high street price tag, and it’s quickly become my new staple. I included the shearling jacket, along with some more gorgeous buys on November’s shopping wishlist.
Indeed, the vinyl shearling coat is potentially the easiest way to rock the vinyl trend. PVC has in the past most often been associated with punks and dominatrix, but this season, PVC separates are finding their way into our every-day wardrobes. While the likes of Bella Hadid and Alexa Chung are rocking the slickest of vinyl trousers, the fabric is a particularly unforgiving one, and the squeaks while my / your mermaid thighs rub past each other is a sound I’m happy to forgo. A vinyl jacket is a *much* better rendition of the trend, I think! Here’s some more inspiration on how to rock vinyl according to the celebs.
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And for the bottom half? I rocked a ruffle, asymmetrical skirt from Drifter which really elevated the outfit. The brand, a Compton based fashion label founded in 2001 – and is stocked in retailers the likes of ShopStyle – aims to create garments which “transcend age, time and space.” I love how the dramatic hemline has created the illusion of length – yup, I’m nowhere near as tall as these photos make me look!
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All gold / metallic errything! That’s the motto of 2016, by the looks of it, and what with all the negativity in the media slash in actual real life, there’s no such thing as too much sparkle. My parents got me these gold ankle boots by Balenciaga for my birthday this summer, and honestly, if I could fall asleep caressing them every night I totally would. I absolutely love them and they go with pretty much anything, instantly making the outfit 10000000x cooler.
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What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments below…