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H&M Spring 2013 Lookbook and More Exciting News from the Fashion Giant


H&M Spring 2013 Lookbook Images

Lots of exciting updates from H&M today: First, we have the Spring 2013 Lookbook images (you've already seen the video lookbook back in November). I like the pineapple tee. Designers like Balmain and Isabel Marant seem to be major sources of inspiration this season, from the color palette to the exaggerated jackets on shoulder, bohemian embellishments, use of prints and other cool-girl details.

Next, I got news back in December which I tweeted that H&M will be the first fashion company to launch a clothing collecting initiative worldwide. From February 2013, customers will be able to hand in used garments in H&M stores in all 48 markets. Sustainability is an important part of H&M's offering, says the company, and H&M strives to reduce the environmental impact of clothes throughout their lifecycle. How amazing is this?! Hopefully other stores like Forever 21 and Target will be next.

Meanwhile, the new fashion brand & Other Stories, H&M's new "luxury" brand, will launch its first collections during spring in seven cities and through an online store on stories.com in ten European countries. You can follow & Other Stories on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news, including (I hope) when they'll be opening in the United States.

H&M Spring 2013 Lookbook Images

H&M Spring 2013 Lookbook Images

H&M Spring 2013 Lookbook Images

H&M Spring 2013 Lookbook Images

H&M Spring 2013 Lookbook Images

H&M Spring 2013 Lookbook Images

H&M Spring 2013 Lookbook Images

H&M Spring 2013 Lookbook Images

H&M Spring 2013 Lookbook Images

H&M Spring 2013 Lookbook Images

H&M Spring 2013 Lookbook Images

H&M Spring 2013 Lookbook Images

H&M Spring 2013 Lookbook Images

H&M Spring 2013 Lookbook Images

H&M Spring 2013 Lookbook Images

Images courtesy of H&M
Comments
The clothing recycling program is great and all (and believe me when I say I LOVE H&M). But how can the brand say that they are striving to reduce the environmental impact of their clothes when they are using sweatshop labor to produce their clothes so cheaply? I think there's a contradiction there. Save the environment but forget about human rights? It doesn't make sense and it's irresponsible of them.
#1 Johanna Mellis on 2013-01-09 20:11 (Reply)
@Johanna - I think that's a totally valid concern and that's why consumers need to continue to put pressure on companies to improve working conditions globally. It's been effective in many regions as we've seen wages increase and safety improved substantially since the 1980s when big companies started moving production overseas.
#1.1 The Budget Babe on 2013-01-10 09:31 (Reply)
Actually Johanna, H&M has a zero tolerance policy in regards to child labor and sweatshops. They do audits frequently on there production lines and if they find that a child has been admitted to work, they take the child out and pay for school fees and lost wages to the family. They work closely with UNICEF to do so,

http://about.hm.com/content/hm/AboutSection/en/About/Sustainability/Commitments/Communities/Community-Projects/All-for-Children.html

If that same producer is found to have a minor working for them, H&M stops working for them all together. On top of that H&M greatly values every part production line so they have started seamstress schools as too teach the craft. It's actually really fascinating that they can go to such great lengths to make sure they don't contribute to a huge problem like child labor. The only reason I know any of this, is because I work for this company, it was one of the top reasons I wanted to work for H&M from previously working for a non-profit who is concerned about the same issue.
#1.2 Amanda on 2013-01-29 11:05 (Reply)
i might be into that maxi -
#2 Megan, TfDiaries.com (Homepage) on 2013-01-09 23:03 (Reply)
@Megan - If anyone could rock it, it's you.
#2.1 The Budget Babe on 2013-01-10 09:32 (Reply)
Weren't they supposed to open online shopping for the U.S.? What happened to that? All of these lookbooks are making me want an H&M near me more and more.
#3 Elizabeth on 2013-01-10 11:27 (Reply)
Does anyone know when will the Spring 2013 collection be available in stores? Do they have an exact date?
Thanks
#4 Selin on 2013-01-13 03:38 (Reply)
Great! I like the tribal vest. I also think its really great that H&M is participating in sustainability...anything we can do to help the environment.
#5 Ariana, Shopaholic Undercover (Homepage) on 2013-01-14 18:23 (Reply)
that's all such great news, but i was hoping for a selling online announcement. they've been teasing us for too long. i waited forever, thinking last fall would be it, but that came and went :-( love their new lookbook!
#6 jennifer {fabfatale.com} (Homepage) on 2013-01-21 11:57 (Reply)
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