Fall Designer Collaborations: Uniqlo and H&M
I love a good designer collaboration and this fall there is no shortage of designer collaborations on the menswear side. In an earlier post, I wrote about the fall 2017 GQ and Gap collaborations. Next up, H&M and Uniqlo have announced and introduced their collaborations. Major retailers are bringing you designer collections that are stylish, trendy and affordable but with the design sensibilities as their namesake lables. And I'm excited. Let's take a look at some of the pieces being offered.
Erdem x H&M
Erdem Moralioglu is a Canadian-born, London-based designer that has racked up numerous accolades since founding his namesake label in 2005, ranging from the 2010 inaugural Vogue/British Fashion Council Designer Fashion Fund Award to this year's Canadian Arts & Fashion International Canadian Designer of the Year Award. Erdem is known for his use of floral prints, textiles and delicate craftsmanship. His fast-fashion collection will consist of the same striking silhouettes and intricate patterns that have come to define his line. “I am so happy to collaborate with H&M, and to explore my work on a whole new scale, including a menswear collection which I have never done before,” Moralioglu said in a press release. While this may be Erdem's first men's collection, his design aesthetic is refined and sophisticated. Erdem x H&M will be available November 2 in select stores in 22 countries, as well as online, www.hm.com.
Uniqlo x JW Anderson
British retailer Uniqlo has teamed up with Irish designer Jonathan Anderson to bring you a collection that celebrates British heritage. Anderson started his eponymous label, J.W.Anderson, in 2008 and quickly became a sought after designer particularly among celebrities. Now Anderson brings his forward thinking approach to fashion design to Uniqlo. "When Uniqlo first approached me, I was very, very excited because I wear Uniqlo all the time," Anderson explained. "J.W.Anderson has been going for ten years and I’ve been really fascinated by this idea of democratizing fashion or cultural activities within fashion and I wanted something which was a new type of normality... I wanted to open my eye to a different kind of design process. It was so exciting to boil things down to their essence." The 33-piece collection consists of clothing and accessories and prices range from $30 to $150. The full collection is exclusively available online and in the following stores: IL: N. Michigan Avenue | NY: 34th Street | NY: 5th Avenue | NY: SoHo | CA: Union Square | CA: Beverly Center. www.uniqlo.com.