A H&M designer collaboration is no longer a surprise coming out of left field; it's an expected annual event. That lack of unpredictability has meant that H&M has had to rework certain aspects of the wheel. With this year's designer-led collaboration, it meant collaborating with a designer who's known for couture, red carpet pieces and announcing it in an arena where his pieces are often showcased—the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
Worn by some of the most followed stars, including Kendall Jenner, Chiara Ferragni and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina's Ross Lynch, the debut of Giambattista Valli x H&M pieces was just an exclusive teaser to the full collection. These pieces were then made available in select H&M stores and online a couple of days later. And unfortunately, if you failed to get a hand on them then, those pieces are not part of the full collection drop this November.
The Giambattista Valli x H&M collection marks the debut of Valli's first menswear collection. But instead of envisioning a subdued and typical partner to the Valli woman, the Valli man is as free-spirited and eclectic, standing on equal footing stylistically. There's the overarching idea of the Valli man raiding pieces from his partner's wardrobe and adopting them as his own style.
Nothing in the Giambattista Valli x H&M menswear collection is inherently safe or traditional. There are Baroque-inspired embroideries, florals galore, pearl embellishments and delicate fabrications—among many other prints and unlikely materials. Unlike most of the previous H&M designer collaborations, Valli went quite extensive with the men's accessories. The pieces were inspired by accessories he actually wears, such as the pearl necklace, sport socks and sunglasses.
You know what to do: scroll, screenshot, and plan your strategy for what to grab when 7 November comes.
What: The Giambattista Valli x H&M collection.
When: 7 November 2019
Where: Exclusively at the H&M Orchard building and ION Orchard stores, and hm.com.
Scroll through the gallery above to see every piece of the Giambattista Valli x H&M collection and its retail price.