High-low collaborations have become a mainstay at H&M, and for good reason. Past partnerships with haute couture labels have created the kind of mass hysteria that makes Black Friday shopping look like a cakewalk. Death by stiletto, anyone?
Now that Balmainia has come and gone, H&M will be moving onto a new high-low fashion fling. The popular fast-fashion retailer introduced their latest collaboration with Parisian fashion house Kenzo earlier this summer. The announcement caused a frenzy of excitement on social media.
Known for their fierce color palettes and trademark tiger prints, Kenzo is the go-to designer for stylish celebrities like Selena Gomez, Rihanna, and Beyonce.
Kenzo isn’t a stranger to high-profile fashion collaborations. Earlier this year, the label worked with Disney on a limited-edition capsule collection for The Jungle Book. The Kenzo capsule collection hits select H&M stores on November 3rd and will be to-die-for.
Style moves quickly, however, so it’s never too early to look ahead to 2017. Which designer will be next to woo the masses? We take a stab at the fashion rumor mill, and give you our picks for next H&M designer collaboration.
Odds on H&M’s next designer collaboration
Diane von Furstenberg: 6/1
If past collaborations are any indication, H&M loves to work with star-powered labels. And few designers can command the glitterati quite like Diane von Furstenberg. Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, and Karlie Kloss were just some of the A-list names featured in her spring 2016 runway show. If DVF and H&M ever hook up, expect bold prints and plenty of celebrity backing.
Victoria Beckham: 9/1
Hey, hubby David launched a successful menswear collection with H&M a few years back. Could 2017 be Posh’s turn? The former Spice Girl has expressed an interest in creating an affordable clothing line, and fans would flock to H&M to get their hands on her polished pieces. Victoria’s namesake line currently averages around $2,000 per piece. Teaming up with H&M would make the brand more accessible to trend-setters on a budget.
Marc Jacobs: 11/1
Marc Jacobs announced the closure of his ready-to-wear line MBMJ last year to focus on his flagship luxury brand. Now that his diffusion brand is no more, Jacobs might now be open to a partnership. If he’s still looking to take his brand public, a high-profile collaboration with H&M would make sense. Exposing his signature street-wise style to the masses could help turn heads on Wall Street.
Alexandre Vauthier: 16/1
The Kardashians introduced us to Balmain, which resulted in H&M’s most successful designer collaboration ever. So it’s not a stretch to think that they could do the same for fellow Paris couture designer Alexandre Vauthier. The Frenchman’s signature modern style and sexy “V” necklines should go over well with H&M’s fashion-forward shoppers, so long as Kimye doesn’t mind sharing the spotlight.
Another dream pairing that keeps failing to materialise, an H&M x Givenchy collection would certainly cause a fashion riot. The French fashion house squashed rumors of a possible partnership back in 2012, but a joint collection isn’t out of the question. Creative Director Riccardo Tisci has already teamed up with Nike and Converse on a couple of footwear lines, making Givenchy a prime candidate for another joint campaign.
Karl Lagerfeld: 50/1
It’s been 12 years since Karl Lagerfeld’s hugely successful collab flew off the shelves H&M stores. His high-low capsule collection sold out in minutes and set the bar for future designer collaborations. Although Lagerfeld has publicly sworn off the Swedish retailer for good, we can still pray that they will reunite for a sequel. His contemporary black and white designs would surely hit another homerun for H&M.
Kanye West: 99/1
Kanye has been asked repeatedly whether he’ll ever make a foray into affordability. He’s gone back and forth, but it seems pretty clear that he wants to keep his clothing line, Yeezy, synonymous with luxury. That makes an H&M collaboration a longshot, on its own. The fact that he’s also focusing on his own retail store makes a fast-fashion tryst even less likely.
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