H&M has named 26-year-old, South Korean designer Minju Kim the winner of its international H&M Design Award. Kim is in her final year as a graduate student at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium. She unveiled her collection Tuesday at Stockholm’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
She will receive 50,000 euros, about $67,250 in US Dollars, and H&M will develop pieces from the collection to be sold at select H&M stores in early fall. The Swedish high-street retailer invited students from 19 fashion colleges in eight European countries to take part.
Kim said her collection, titled “Dear My Friend” was inspired by Japanese horror manga artist Junji Ito.
“Drawing is the most important process of my designing,” she said in a statement. “When I research, I visualize how I would transform it into images and as a next step I turn the images into my own drawings, and that becomes the basis for the collection.”
Perhaps as part of a cost cutting measure, quite a few designers are skipping the Fall 2013 fashion weeks (including Alexander McQueen, Chris Benz, Peter Som, and Acne).
One unexpected company that will be showing, is retail giant H&M. The Swedish retailer will be presenting for the first time in eight years during Paris Fashion Week. WWD reports that the event is set for February 27 at the Musée Rodin, and H&M will showcase 25 looks for women. It all falls under the creative direction of head of design Ann-Sofie Johansson.
“We felt excited about the collection and we really wanted to show it,” said spokesman Håcan Andersson. We’re excited about the show too. A runway show where we can afford everything? That’s awesome!
The French actress and model, and former Johnny Depp girlfriend, is partnering with the H&M for a new environmentally-friendly clothing line. The Conscious collection will be manufactured from sustainable materials like organic cotton and recycled polyester.
Last month H&M announced that it would be creating a global garment collecting project set to kick off this spring. The latest news from the Swedish fast fashion giant is that actress and singer Vanessa Paradis has signed up as the face of a new environmentally-friendly range that will launch at the same time.
Vanessa Paradis has been announced as the face of the new Conscious line, manufactured from more sustainable materials. The 40-year-old actress and singer first rose to fame in her native France aged just 14, with her single “Joe le Taxi” before going on to a long career in music and cinema.
H&M announced today that they will be collaborating with the iconic brand, Maison Martin Margiela. A cult label adored by fashion insiders, the French house Maison Martin Margiela has long influenced the mainstream with its radical ideas and experiments with clothing. The collaboration will immerse H&M in the playful world of Maison Martin Margiela, giving fashion lovers around the world the chance to wear pieces from this mysterious brand. The collection for both women and men will be available from November 15 in around 230 H&M stores worldwide, as well as online.
Last night, Uma Thurman, Blake Lively, Chace Crawford, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Hudson and Selma Blair were among the guests who joined Donatella Versace and H&M to celebrate the launch of Versace for H&M in New York.
In a specially designed building on the Hudson River, Versace’s collection for H&M was shown on the catwalk, alongside some special iconic pieces created just for this exclusive runway show. These iconic Versace looks were worn on the catwalk by top models such as Abbey Lee, Daphne G, Natasha Poly, Sean O’pry and Lindsay Wixson. The show was followed by an after party which featured exclusive performances by Donatella Versace’s special guests, Prince and Nicki Minaj.
The venue was decorated in true Versace style, with guests entering the world of Versace from the moment they set foot on the red carpet. The catwalk was paved with gold, the perfect environment in which to preview the Versace for H&M collection, which goes on sale at around 300 stores worldwide and online on November 17.