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H&M Announces Next Designer Collab with Kenzo

Kenzo x H&M
H&M announced that its next designer collaboration will be with KENZO, the "vibrant and playful Parisian house that captures the energy of global culture to create its unique, youthful spirit." Creative Directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon will bring the spirit of KENZO to H&M, creating collections for women and men as well as accessories.

Lim and Leon are the founders of global fashion emporium Opening Ceremony, and to be honest I hadn't really heard of Kenzo until the Opening Ceremony duo took the helm of the Parisian fashion house in 2011 and made headlines.

Kenzo was created by Japanese designer Kenzo Takada, who held his first fashion show in Paris in 1972. Kenzo is a celeb favorite, and you might recognize their bold, tongue-in-cheek designs like the oversized message clutch that Jessica Alba carried in this post. Or maybe you've taken note of Kenzo's super expensive embellished sweatshirts on fashion blogs and celebrity style sites. That tiger sweatshirt you've seen everywhere? That's Kenzo.

I'll be following this collab closely just because it's so relevant to the fashion scene today. With their huge fan base, I have a feeling it will sell out quickly and tons will end up on eBay.

KENZO x H&M will be available in selected stores & online from November 3, 2016.

Read more about the collaboration on and follow hashtag #KENZOxHM on social media for all the latest updates.

Are you excited for Kenzo x H&M?

Off the Rack: H&M 30% Off Coupon, Coachella Fashions & More

Spring fashion at H&M
There's a lot going on at H&M for spring, from festival fashions to a Louvre-inspired Conscious Collection to Earth Week perks. First, if you want to get your festival chic on, check out the H&M x Coachella collection filled with high-waist shorts, barely there tops, lots of fringe, crochet, and boho goodness. Then there's Earth Week - at my store, H&M is gearing up by encouraging shoppers to bring in their unwanted garments in any condition to be recycled, and in exchange you'll get a 30% off coupon good for one item. I was told you can get 2 coupons per visit but don't quote me on my facts, I was simultaneously dealing with a toddler/baby mutiny while chatting with the cashier. (In all fairness, it was lunchtime and they were really good sports up until that time.) This eco-friendly program isn't new - you may recall this embarrassing informative video I put together for H&M when they first launched garment recycling - but the deal is better now, up from 15% off to 30%. #yaaas

Off the Rack: June Highlights at H&M Part 2 (See 25+ In-Store Photos)

What's in store at H&M right now
As promised, here's part 2 from my shopping trip to H&M this week where I snapped pics of some of my favorite fashions currently in store. (See part 1 here.) I was last-minute dress shopping for an event we have this weekend and was glad to see dresses on just about every rack in the store, from casual sundresses to more formal dresses you could wear to a wedding like this yellow lace dress, or the watercolor print dress above - it would go perfectly with the strappy silver sandals that you'll see below! I guess H&M knows that everyone is dress shopping right now, whether it's for graduations or garden parties. Other highlights include this double layer tank, this palm print dress, and this jersey stripe dress (which I bought...glad I didn't pay a small fortune for the Milly at Kohl's t-shirt dress I featured here). Also, this striped cotton dress would make a chic beach cover-up, as would this beach to street striped dress (both have a Madewell vibe I'm loving). What can I say, so much to love right now at H&M! Keep reading for more photos and to see what I bought, plus some notes on sizing.

Aloha, Beaches: June Fashion Highlights at H&M (See 25+ In-Store Photos)

In-store photos of cute fashions now at H&M
Summer is in full force at H&M, and the fast-fashion chain has everything you need for BBQs, the beach and beyond. Trends to note include crop tops with high-waist shorts, boho maxi dresses, touches of lace and crochet, botanical prints and fluent florals, white on white, and classic stripes. Highlights for me included some cheeky "Aloha, beaches" smoking flats, preppy anchor-embroidered shorts, J.Crew-esque sleeveless cotton button down shirts, gingham pants and the prettiest floral chiffon maxi dress ($59.95, shown above). I went a little crazy snapping pics so I've divided my posts into two - here's part 1, check back tomorrow for part 2 (when I'll also reveal what I bought!)

See anything you love?

Off the Rack: March Finds at H&M

H&M early spring finds

Lately I find myself loving everything at H&M. Maybe it's because I can't wait for spring or maybe it's because they always translate the runways into wearable everyday fashion. Muted pastels and cheerful yellows popped against classic black and white separates, while bold prints made things like sporty jackets and jumpsuits feel fresh again. And if you live somewhere cold and can't bust out your spring clothes until the end of May, never fear, H&M has new winter updates to carry you through, whether it's a new plaid scarf or classic quilted jacket. Note the awesome cargo jacket and essential ankle boots pictured below...scoop these up now, you'll thank me when spring finally rolls around!

P.S. In case you're wondering what I bought on this trip, it was this wee parka for my boy (I donated a small grocery bag of garments to receive 15% off).

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