The Alexander Wang x H&M collection has had more exposure through more mediums than almost any other brand; and most other H&M collaborations. Having first been announced back in April, the collection has since been teased through a first look, a runway collection, lookbook and a video lookbook. And now, on the eve of its release, we’ve had some time to carefully consider which products we’ll be picking up when the collection finally drops tomorrow morning. So without further ado, here’s our 10 favorite products from the much-anticipated collaboration between the Swedish giant and the New York designer.
10. Scuba Sweatshirt – $59.95
The WANG branding throughout the collection certainly isn’t subtle, but it definitely works with the simplicity of this sweatshirt. Not only is neoprene the go-to fabric of the moment, but the rigidity of it allows the embossed WANG logo to actually stick out. It might not be a timeless piece but at this price point it’s a good way to dip your toe into the trend.
9. Scuba-look Bag – $129
As you may already have noticed, neoprene and scuba fabrics are featuring pretty heavily in this collaboration, and accessories aren’t exempt. This bag pairs a scuba fabric with rubber details, taped zip, mesh lining and logo bands. While the metal hook and clasp allow the bag to be converted into a backpack.
8. Parka with Down Vest – $299
At the higher end of the price spectrum comes this coat, but while $299 might feel a lot for H&M, it’s damn cheap for Wang – especially when it features a down vest. Parkas never go out of style and this has a distinctly contemporary, Wang-twist on a total classic. It features a detachable, lined drawstring hood and the parka is lined with a down vest that can be detached and even worn separately.
7. Hooded Shirt – $349
This hoodie features some kind of magical construction on the sleeves, which may help explain the eye-watering price tag. That aside, it’s pieces like this which are the epitomy of a high street x designer collaboration – something that takes the essence of the high-end designer and works it into something that’s highly wearable and doesn’t look out of place in a high-street store.
6. Dress with Perforated Pattern – $149
And lest we forget the womenswear from the collaboration. Although simplicity is often best in designer x highstreet collections, there’s something about the transparent stripes and perforated snakeskin-style design that just reeks of Wang.
5. Leather Shorts – $149
Shorts are no longer relegated to gym kit and sweltering weather, thanks in part to WIL FRY’s cotton, cashmere and silk shorts, which were then worn by Drake in Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” video. Here’s another premium pair, this time made using leather and featuring a punched-out pattern at the sides.
4. Tapered Jeans – $99
Popular sportswear details are a recurring theme throughout the collection, and here Wang has taken taped zips and planted them on a pair of jeans, made even more modern-feeling by their tapered legs and a slightly lower crotch.
3. Fitness Gloves – $59.95
Karl Lagerfeld proved that boxing gloves can be high-fashion in the boxing set he created as a part of Louis Vuitton’s Iconoclasts. So it’s only sensible that another designer would create their own take on a pair, and Wang does just that in this minimal, black, leather, logo-embossed ones.
2. Anorak – $199
Practicality blends with high fashion elements in this cropped anorak. The hood features the addition of a reinforced visor, while the Wang logo is vertically emblazoned in reflective tape down the zip. The sleeves feature a perforated pattern which reveal a reflective lining underneath.
1. Down Jacket – $399
You’ve got to give it to anyone who creates a down jacket entirely made from a reflective fabric, loud doesn’t cut it. It has a detachable padded hood with a magnetic fastener, while the zip at the front and for the pockets is taped. And it’s windproof, so you can be sure the breeze from the haters won’t even touch you.
The full collection is arriving into H&M stores on online November 6.