When American fashion designer Alexander Wang announced the collaboration with one of our favourite high street stores, H&M, we all held our breath. Luxurious and unapologetically strong, Alexander Wang's designs act tribute to the fierce, independent women of modern day.View Post
While many hoped for simple designs and covetable pieces, some were disappointed by the heavy nod towards the sports luxe trend. With leggings that look more like work out pants and dresses with bands fit for a boxer, many purses were rezipped in disappointment that AW hadn't created something a little more... high street.
UP CLOSE WITH THE PIECES
But a designer can't compromise on their image and I for one love the above pieces. The leggings give that don't mind me I've just come from my gym class feel that big hair and a rucksack would work wonders with. The white sweater is begging for a red lipstick and some leather look trousers for a chic everyday look, and the jeans reinvent the staple black skinnies with a patterned twist. As for the black sweater - which is perhaps my favourite - layer up the rings, chuck on with a pair of boots and throw your hair into a messy bun for an all black, riskier spin on the Girl Next Door look . Speaking of which, the collection wouldn't be complete without a pair of statement shoes and the zip along the middle of these chunky black heels adds an almost industrial element that I think is perfect for giving an edge to autumn/winter looks. As for the LBD? The bands call for a stiff pair of heels and a slick back ponytail. A little black dress for the little more brave.
DESIGNER FOR HIGH STREET DEBATE
So when designers collaborate with high street stores, should they lessen their impact by creating more everyday-gal-friendly pieces? In my opinion, no. For us ladies who only have the chance to see designers in Vogue and not on the catwalk, high street collaborations present the rare opportunity for us to bring home our very own piece of high end brands, without breaking the bank. Do we really want that investment (albeit, a less heavy investment) to be a design that is easily replicated in Primark? Designer clothes offer ready made style - statement pieces, even the simpler monochrome designs, do the work for us. It's effortless fashion at it's very best. When designers collaborate with the high street to change to help fit our purse, we need to remember if we're going to buy designer, let's be brave and buy designer, not hope the designers will change to fit more easily into our wardrobe too.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The Alexander Wang collection will be available from 9am on 6th Novemeber 2014. If you can't make it to a store then pick your favourite item carefully, ladies, because the collection is limited to one item per person if you shop online.