Alexander Wang for H&M makes high-end fashion accessible

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

The coveted footwear company released their diffusion collection with H&M in November of 2009, featuring Jimmy Choo’s first foray into clothing

Lanvin for H&M

Lanvin Fall 2010
In the fall of 2010, Lanvin launched their H&M collection, full of over-the-top party dresses and gorgeous jewellery.

Missoni for Target

Missoni September 2011

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

Versace November 2011
Donatella Versace’s super bright and sexy collection for H&M hit stores in November of 2011, followed by an online-only collection in the spring of 2012.

Jason Wu for Target

Jason Wu February 2012
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

MMM November 2012

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.

Prabal Gurung for Target

Prabal Gurung February 2013

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 for H&M

Isabel Marant Fall 2013

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 for Target

PP February 9, 2014

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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