An annual highlight of the high street fashion calendar, H&M‚Äôs forthcoming designer collaboration is one for the maximalists.
Following in the footsteps of an esteemed list of fashion houses including Versace, Erdem, Giambattista Valli and most recently The Vampire‚Äôs Wife, London-based designer Simone Rocha is the latest to partner with the Swedish retail giant on a capsule collection launching worldwide on 11 March.
Not just providing a gateway for lovers of the Simone Rocha aesthetic to snag a piece of the brand at an accessible price point, the designer has indicated that reworkings of garments from her past collections might also hold special appeal to her existing customer base.
“My approach at every stage of the design process was to remember that for some this would be an introduction to Simone Rocha, a chance to enjoy the brand for the first time, while for others this will be a chance to recall the history of a brand that they have followed for a while. Maybe they will be able to buy a version of a piece that they missed the first time, or a piece they always wanted but didn’t get.‚ÄĚ
An offering that comprises womenswear, menswear and childrenswear and ticks every box from shirting, knits, tailoring and T-shirts, to trench coats, tulle dresses, sparkly accessories and other clothes for special occasions, the collection draws upon Rocha‚Äôs Chinese-Irish background, with many a nod to the traditions and crafts of Hong Kong, as well as tartan accents that speak to her Gaelic heritage. The designer‚Äôs predilection for ‚Äėgirlish‚Äô elements with an edgy twist is also prominent; the expected assortment of florals, beading, Victorian collars and pearls all making an appearance, in a palette dominated by pinks and reds and grounded by black and cream.
Coinciding with Simone Rocha‚Äôs 10th year in business, the launch of H&M x Simone Rocha will undoubtedly give the designer double the reason to celebrate, but she‚Äôs not the only one. ‚ÄúSimone Rocha has been on the H&M wish-list for some time,‚ÄĚ says H&M creative advisor, Ann-Sofie Johansson. ‚Äú[We] have been so inspired to work with a female designer who spends so much time thinking about contemporary femininity, and womanhood, and who is so committed to excellence in craft and design, from the process of developing special fabrications, to pushing silhouettes, shapes and embellishments. Every garment within this collection is unique, special and the result of years of work and meticulous research.‚ÄĚ