Ending the creative week with something that came up like a big surprise. It’s what I like to call “the most creative H&M collection so far”. It’s the first winning Menswear designer Ximon Lee’s Collection For H&M and it takes the men pieces up to heaven, grey heaven!
“My collection is very experimental, but I believe most pieces in the collection work with the existing urban customer groups. Some of the denim shirt jackets, worn under the long coat, could be both everyday menswear and womenswear. I’m thrilled to see my capsule in different markets and how people wear them.” – this is how Ximon Lee described his collection for H&M at the beginning of this year when he first shared it with the press.
We all know that H&M has done amazing collaborations with high-end designers that young people would -maybe – never allow to buy but H&M brought that closer to us. So how did Ximon Lee manage to impress them?
Ximon graduated from Parsons School of Design and is the first menswear designer to win the H&M Design Award and fourth winner of this wonderful award that introduces young talent to a huge number of consumers. The collection is made up of eight key pieces that can either be worn as a full look or styled together to create an individual look.
The designer – that impressed the judges at a contest that took place in London – used a layer of foam that sits between two layers of denim in both a heavy twill denim jacket and a pair of wide shorts. Lee also did a cotton top printed with in oversized denim rib and a pair of structured denim trousers with chunky zips, embroidered with blue metallic thread. Jersey leggings have a denim feel, while an all-over print on a jacquard knit creates the effect of huge ribbing.
It’s versatile, it’s unisex and it speaks to the young people passionate about deconstruction and urban structures, cold steel and cement.
The collection is available in selected H&M stores, as well as online at hm.com, from 22nd October 2015. Unfortunately, it is not available in Romania but that the oversized denim jacket still looks so good!
Ain’t it stunning? Big UP for H&M and their decision of allowing a menswear designer to win this one and do this collection!