In honour of H&M’s latest designer collaboration collection launching yesterday, Alexander Wang for H&M, here is a roundup of our favourite on-budget designer collections courtesy of lower-end retailers. If you weren’t lucky enough to snag a piece from one of these collaborations, or from Alexander Wang’s, check eBay – a lot of people will purchase a variety of items solely for resale. Good luck, and props if you got your hands on some Alexander Wang yesterday.
Karl Lagerfeld for H&M
This is the one that started it all. Almost 10 years ago to the day, the somewhat controversial head of fashion house Chanel launched his diffusion collection in 500 of H&M’s stores to mass hysteria, completely selling out by the end of the day.
Jimmy Choo for H&M
Lanvin for H&M
Missoni for Target
Missoni’s prints are unmistakable, and they graced select Target stores in September of 2011. The collection even included a zigzag-print bike.
Versace for H&M
Jason Wu for Target
Canadian designer Jason Wu made his clothing more accessible via his partnership with Target in February of 2012, and he brought it home with a Target pop up store in Toronto solely devoted to his new collection.
Maison Martin Margiela for H&M
Martin Margiela is known for his avant-garde silhouettes, and his collection for H&M in June of 2012 stayed true to his aesthetic. Although not as popular as more well-known brands like Versace, this collection hit home for the more sartorially advanced.
Bright colours and tropical prints were the name of Prabal Gurung’s game when his collection landed in Target in February of 2013. Some of the ultra-flattering party dresses sold for less than $40.
Isabel Marant’s collaboration with H&M launched in the fall of 2013, and the mixed-texture jackets and fringed boots were some of the most beautiful pieces to come out of any H&M collection.
Peter Pilotto never disappoints when it comes to figure-flattering silhouettes and eye-catching graphic prints, and their collection for Target last February lived up to their reputation. It was the fastest-selling collaboration Net-a-porter has ever sold.
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