How much Marni for H&M news can we handle in one week? Well a lot as we get our first look at the new collection, that’s affordably priced with most items under $100.00 and accessories around $19.95. Here are a few of my favorite looks.
Eclectic, quirky and timeless, the Marni collection at H&M is a modular wardrobe for women and men, complete with accessories. It is composed of elegant items selected by Marni’s creative director and founder, Consuelo Castiglioni, from her extensive repertoire to create a playful range of style possibilities. A sense of sophisticated eclecticism is mixed with a sporty allure; the accent is on the streamlined purity of design and the intensity of surfaces. The result is high on prints and spring energy, with the unmistakable Marni signatures evident in the juxtaposition of shapes, patterns and materials.
The collection is compact, the mood individual. Everything goes with everything. Items can be assembled and reassembled in a variety of outfits according to personal instinct and will; suggesting an innovative approach to dressing up. The intersection of sportiness and sophistication is a defining trait.
For women, essential pieces such as loose dresses, shirts and tops become playgrounds for inventive associations of prints and textures. Well-defined summer coats and slender jacket-and-skirt ensembles add a quirky ladylike note, which is immediately toned down by the relaxed ease of the parkas and sporty zip-up blousons. Knits have a constructivist feel: silk-front cardigans sport a knitted back, just like patent leather zip-up tops. Short pajama suits and stripy leggings used as underpinnings have a graphic charm. Lilac gold brocade is treated as a sporty fabric on looks that reinvent the definition of day to night.
The same well-defined ease carries over to the menswear. Parkas are slim and playfully utilitarian; formal suits come either with long pants or Bermuda shorts. Plays of intarsia and prints gives new meaning to wardrobe staples such as shirts and knits and Marni’s striped men’s sweaters come in luxurious cashmere. Pops of color on a sleeve, or in the lining add a dash of the unexpected, while matching shirts and shorts have a sense of loungewear. A hint of workwear recurs throughout as well.
This is a luxurious collection, defined by the same attention to detail, richness and unparalleled level of craftsmanship that has made Marni a cult label among the cognoscenti. In this groundbreaking collaboration with H&M, the same codes are made available, for the very first time, to a new, transversal audience of individually minded explorers of style.
The collection will be available from March 8 in around 260 stores worldwide, as well as on-line.