Next Thursday, on Nov. 3, the Kenzo x H&M collection will launch in select stores and online. After the wildly successful Balmain x H&M collection that was released last year, the standard is set high for Kenzo’ s creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim to deliver and in a big way. Leon and Lim have already had quite a run within the fashion industry. After meeting in college at UC Berkley, the pair founded Opening Ceremony in 2002, an extremely successful New York boutique that grew into a well-known heavy hitter in fashion. You may even remember their unique fashion show last year that featured falling models. Opening Ceremony now boasts outposts in New York and Los Angeles, a department store in Tokyo, a wholesale showroom and more. In 2011, Leon and Lim took on the role of creative directors for French fashion house, Kenzo. Their mission: to breathe new, modern life into the brand and take it into a colorful new chapter. One look at their collaboration with H&M and it’s easy to see that they really meant it when they described their vision as colorful.
The line features insanely bright and colorful mismatched prints that aren’t for the faint of heart. Some of the pieces definitely offer up the opportunity for you to have the ultimate peacock moment when stepping out. Icon and photographer, Jean-Paul Goude shot the campaign, which features seven diverse and eclectic celebrities including a Florida State favorite, Chance the Rapper. The other six figures include supermodel Iman, actress Rosario Dawson, actress Chloé Sévigny, activist Xiuhetezcatl Martinez, rapper Suboi and musician and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto.
Even though the collection is going to be sold at H&M, that does not necessarily mean that the clothing is accompanied by a cheap price tag. Some of the less expensive items include sunglasses for $49.99 and plush flip-flops for $99. The most expensive item, which is a multi-printed, layered dress rings in at $549. However, there are graphic t-shirts going for $34.99, which falls into the more affordable and wearable category when it comes to this collection. The full collection with its prices included is linked here. Thinking back to how quickly the Balmain x H&M collection sold out, you’ll definitely want to scope out the items you’re lusting for before the line drops on Nov. 3.
This past Thursday, Kenzo x H&M celebrated its oncoming launch by hosting an event that took show-goers straight to the jungle. The spectacle included artists, models, interpretive dance and even a drum line. Once the show had concluded, audience members had a chance to shop the collection before it officially hits stores. Once they had filled their bags to capacity, people were surprised with a performance by rapper Ice Cube, further cementing this show as one of the most memorable of the season. So, for a third time, this collection launches Nov. 3, and you’re not going to want to miss out.