Hi Friends, after a few weeks of missed ‘Fashion Friday’ posts, today I am back with an absolute winner! This morning I was lucky enough to be able to check out the new Kenzo for H&M capsule collection at my local H&M store here in India. Not many locations around Delhi received this collection, so I was so excited when I found out that the closest store to us would be stocking it.
I’ve been following its release across social media all week and I must say, I wasn’t that surprised by the mixed reactions to the collection. As a designer, Kenzo is not for everyone. Bold prints, a penchant for tiger heads and colour clashing can be quite a statement. Nevertheless I was still thrilled to be invited to the launch here and after peeking at the collection online, I knew I’d find SOMETHING that I’d like (disclaimer – I can pretty much find something to buy in ANY shop I go into. Trust me, it’s a gift).
So here were my picks for the most wearable and best value buys. Note – all images are taken from H&M Online.
Wool Blend Jumper $99.99
Honestly if this jumper was any other colour or any other shade of green I would have purchased it. The design and the fit are amazing. Unfortunately fluorescent green tiger stripes do absolutely nothing for me. For my tanned skinned ladies or just not so pale friends, I’d really suggest you try this!
Here is a change room pic:
Obviously pairing it with this skirt gives you a FULL ON Kenzo look haha, not something I would wear but if you are into print clashing, its not so bad. So having said that, here is the skirt.
Pleated chiffon skirt $199
I LOOOOOOOOVE this maxi skirt and I knew I would buy it just from seeing it online. It is great quality and the tiered layers give it so much life and movement. It does work best on a long legged lady such as myself but if you really loved it you could easily alter it thanks to the layers. Needless to say, it came home with me!
Printed silk top $69.99
Patterned silk skirt $99.99
Next up is this two piece set that is sold as separates and can easily be worn as such. For such a bold collection I love the subtleness of the colours but the design itself still speaks volumes. The blouse was sold out before I got there and even though I was tempted by the skirt, I really liked the idea of having the set, so I didn’t purchase it (….yet….).
Silk chiffon dress $199.99
This dress didn’t catch my eye online and when I saw it in store I thought it was a new piece because it didn’t look familiar at all. Then I tried it on however and absolutely loved it! It looks so much better on and the details on the sleeve are amazing. Those ties actually ruche up the shoulders and then tie into a small bow. It very, very nearly came home with me but then I was worried that my current Eastern location was getting the better of me and that in a few weeks I would find myself back in Melbourne with no where to wear a semi sheer, full length, kaftan style dress. So I left it. Here is a fitting room selfie:
Reversible silk-blend dress $139
There are a few reversible items in the collection and this drop waist mini dress was one of my favourites. Really wearable and easy for summer, this dress gives you a ton of bang for your buck with it’s effortlessly chic silhouette but totally different designs on each side. Also considering that it is a silk blend, I think $139 is a great price point!
Quilted silk dress $269
Loved this quilted pinafore and from looking online I thought this would be a strong contender to come home with me but it, like many other pieces, was so thick and heavy. Also at $269 it was one of the more expensive items and going from India to an Australian summer soon – I just couldn’t justify it. It would look amazing over a simple white tee or a silk pussy bow blouse though.
Patterned dress $269
And finally, my favourite dress. Gosh I love this dress. Like the pinafore above, this dress was ridiculously heavy, especially considering it is a mini dress, but for me its ultimate downfall was that it was too short. I (literally) bent over backwards in the change room trying to find a way that it could work but unfortunately as a mum of two and with not enough child free social occasions to justify it (and convince myself it wasn’t too short), I had to leave it too. Here’s a strategically posed change room selfie 😉 :
Ok so I know what you are thinking, “only one purchase?”. Haha well firstly, I know! But secondly, luckily for me they also had a great array of accessories. Most of them entered into the crazy, wacky realm, but some of them, like this neoprene clutch, were perfect.
Patterned scuba pouch $69.99
This little guy has just the right balance of personality and class for me so I snapped him up too, and was happy to leave the event with two new (and limited edition) items for my wardrobe. As I am writing this however I’m thinking I miiiiiiight still go back for that mini skirt…..
If you haven’t already had a squiz at the collection be sure to quickly jump online and find out which stores in your state are stocking it. Each item is in very limited supply and the range will only be around for as long as stock lasts, so don’t miss out!
Thanks again to H&M in Saket City Select Mall for the invitation. I WILL be saving my skirt for an upcoming hen’s night, so you’ll have to stay tuned to see how I style it! xxx