“Blink” Retail: H&M collaborates with Marni

Just when you’ve gotten over the drama of buying your Versace for H&M pieces, we have H&M’s next amazing collaborative collection to announce.

H&M announce the next collaboration is to be with the wonderful luxury Italian, print focused, brilliantly creative and somewhat esoteric brand, Marni. The Spring collection for women, men and the home will be available from 8th March, 2012 in around 260 stores worldwide and online. The collection will feature many Marni signature prints and feature the ‘essence of Marni’.

Marni founder and Creative Director,  Consuelo Castiglioni says “I wanted to create a true Marni wardrobe by revisiting all our favorite pieces in signature fabrics and prints. As always, I love juxtaposing prints and colours, mixing modern tribal with Bauhaus graphic adding sporty utilitarian elements”.

“We all love the collection here at H&M and we believe that our customers will too. Marni has such a modern touch with everything they do, mixing prints and accessories in a playful but chic way. It’s fantastic to see how Consuelo Castiglioni coordinates her designs, matching new combinations of print and colour, with such incredible craftsmanship behind every piece. The collection will arrive in stores at just the perfect time, as a lovely statement for spring“. Margareta van den Bosch, Creative Advisor H&M.

Marni’s collection for H&M has all the freedom and experimentation for which the label is renowned, with all-over prints in strong colours all intended to be worn together in layers that both match and clash. For women, the colours are vivid and the prints are bold, be they African inspired or simpler colour blocks. The silhouettes are all Marni staples, with full pleated skirts, dresses, cropped trousers and jacquard knit, and fabrics range from silk to crisp cotton poplin. To finish the complete look the collection also includes jewellery, shoes, bags and scarves. For men, the colours and fabrics are softened for a relaxed take on menswear staples that is truly Marni. The use of print is subtle, often as a lining or as a contrast detail for shirts, the silhouette a modern and relaxed take on masculine classics.

Consuelo Castiglioni of Marni with Margareta van den Bosch of H&M

Marni for H&M

Marni for H&M

Marni for H&M

Marni for H&M

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Accessories: Colour Blocked

The passion for colour continues strongly into Autumn, and we’ve been spotting some great brilliantly colour blocked accessories. Its a great way to refer to a trend without going head to toe. Instead you can choose head or toe! Bold striping and contrast colour panels create a strongly graphic statement that we find hard to resist. This selection of images come from the ‘Accessories’ report that we are putting together to be issued this month. We’ll be sharing some more highlights tomorrow. If you’d like to see more from our reports, just click here.

Louis Vuitton

Sergio Rossi


Sonia Rykiel


Pattern: Globetrotting

This is another great look that we wanted to share with you from the last “Blink” print report. Just so that you all feel nicely back in a Summer moment after yesterday’s Autumnal post, here’s a perfectly styled High Summer statement. Its not on a real live person this time. This is in fact the work of the award winning VM team at Harvey Nichols.

Its a look that we have been talking about in our print reports for some time. ‘Ethnic’ prints pop up to varying degrees every Summer, but this time there has been a fresh approach, mainly through styling. This is a really energetic look when you blend references, scales and techniques, like a global traveler! Its hard to express that when showing you close ups of singular prints, but we think you could pretty much take any combination from a global grab bag of references and techniques to create the look.

Here Harvey Nics have blended some print masters to create a really pacey statement with items from Marni, Dries van Noten and Jonathan Saunders.

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Dries van Noten, Marni and Jonathan Saunders all styled together in the Harvey Nichols window