Johanna Ortiz teaming with H&M on fashion collection

Johanna Ortiz is collaborating with designers at H&M on a fashion collection.The Colombian designer has built up a reputation for her use of feminine silhouettes and vibrant hues, with celebrity fans including Mandy Moore and Jennifer Garner. Now, Ort…

Johanna Ortiz is collaborating with designers at H&M on a fashion collection.

The Colombian designer has built up a reputation for her use of feminine silhouettes and vibrant hues, with celebrity fans including Mandy Moore and Jennifer Garner.

Now, Ortiz has announced that she is working alongside the design team at the Swedish high street retailer, with the collection to be comprised of several elegant day-to-night options.

“The prints all come from my obsession with the flowers, the palm trees and the beautiful colours I am blessed to see out the window when I wake up at home in Cali, in my native Colombia,” she said. “The imprint of Latin America and its uniquely festive atmosphere is something that can be felt in each Johanna Ortiz design, so I’m thrilled that so many women in the world will have a little piece of Colombia in their wardrobes thanks to the Johanna Ortiz x H&M collaboration.”

An exclusive pre-drop of four dress styles will be unveiled in select stores and on H&M’s website on 3 December. The garments feature exotic floral prints from Ortiz’s archive – Wild Roses, Orchid Paradise, Cacatua, and Coquelicots – with the colour palette heavy on warm yellow, dusty pink, forest green, and coral-infused dark brown shades.

“Discovering the world of Johanna Ortiz’s exuberant design, her use of colour and her exceptional flair for dramatic silhouettes has been a great experience for the whole design team. They have been working closely with Johanna throughout the whole process, enjoying her extraordinary hospitality in her beautiful home in Cali,” added Maria Ostblom, head of womenswear design at H&M. “We are thrilled to be able to celebrate Colombia’s rich history and craftsmanship and to bring Johanna’s signature happiness-inducing designs to the H&M customer.”

The main Johanna Ortiz x H&M collection will drop in March 2020.

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Shoppers rush to get hands on Giambattista Valli x H&M collection

Shoppers have queued for hours to purchase items from the sought-after Giambattista Valli x H&M collection.Bosses at the Swedish retailer announced in May that they were teaming with the Italian designer on a capsule collection, with the line including…

Shoppers have queued for hours to purchase items from the sought-after Giambattista Valli x H&M collection.

Bosses at the Swedish retailer announced in May that they were teaming with the Italian designer on a capsule collection, with the line including fresh takes on Valli’s signature tulle dresses, gemstone-studded cardigans, ruffled tops, and embroidered coats.

The range went on sale online and in H&M boutiques on Thursday morning, with keen fans lining up around the block to get their hands on their favourite pieces in London.

“Every year I amaze myself with how quickly I can get up & to the Tube station when it involves @hm designer collabs…,” one user wrote on Twitter.

But while the red tulle dress Kendall Jenner models in the campaign sold out almost immediately, others were disappointed to miss out on their other top choices.

“In the queue since 7:50 and everything’s out of stock??!! How is that literally possible?” another asked.

At present, a number of pieces are still available to buy on the H&M website, though the short pink tulle dress, a sparkly minidress, a black ballgown with a sheer top, and black belt with lip motif are out of stock. Clothing and accessories are priced between $16 – $386 (£12.99 – £299.99).

Speaking about the partnership ahead of the launch, Valli commented, “I am excited about this collaboration: H&M gives me the opportunity to bring my vision of style and my celebration of beauty to a wider audience. The goal is to share my love for beauty and to be able to be part of everyone’s ‘happy moments’, to help create love stories all around the world.”

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Lili Reinhart named new face of CoverGirl

Lili Reinhart has been appointed as the spokesperson for cosmetics brand CoverGirl. The Riverdale actress, who has previously worked with brands including H&M, Bongo, Dermalogica and The Mighty Company, announced she was the latest CoverGirl on Instagr…

Lili Reinhart has been appointed as the spokesperson for cosmetics brand CoverGirl.

The Riverdale actress, who has previously worked with brands including H&M, Bongo, Dermalogica and The Mighty Company, announced she was the latest CoverGirl on Instagram on Wednesday morning.

“Meet your newest @COVERGIRL (lipstick emoji) I am pinching myself at the opportunity to represent such an iconic make-up brand and be the face of their newest line, coming very soon,” she teased. “As a COVERGIRL, my goal is to advocate for confidence & self-acceptance in a world where so many young men and women feel compelled to change themselves. I can’t wait to start this journey. #EasyBreezyBeautiful.”

Representatives at the American company shared the same picture, showing the Hustlers star wearing minimal make-up, and added, “SURPRISE! The secret is out: @lilireinhart is our newest #COVERGIRL! We’re SO excited to welcome such an authentic, inspirational, talented actress & author to the Easy Breezy family.”

The 23-year-old is the first CoverGirl to be appointed since 2017, when a diverse range of stars were introduced as a part of a re-branding effort. Of the group, Insecure actress Issa Rae, model Maye Musk and TV personality Ayesha Curry have remained with the brand.

Erika Woods, vice president of marketing for the CoverGirl brand at Coty, told WWD that Reinhart was chosen thanks to her popularity with the Generation Z market.

“She represents someone who we haven’t explored in this (new cast of CoverGirls) – she has a strong following amongst Gen Z and she’s inspirational,” she said. “She’s honest and raw and a great role model for young girls.”

The actress will front a new product launching in early 2020.

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Kendall Jenner feels ‘powerful’ wearing Giambattista Valli’s H&M collection

Kendall Jenner feels “powerful” whenever she wears a piece from her friend Giambattista Valli’s new H&M collaboration.The model has been tapped to front the campaign for the Italian designer’s highly anticipated collection for the Swedish high-street r…

Kendall Jenner feels “powerful” whenever she wears a piece from her friend Giambattista Valli’s new H&M collaboration.

The model has been tapped to front the campaign for the Italian designer’s highly anticipated collection for the Swedish high-street retailer, which will officially launch next month.

And Kendall, who also serves as a muse for the 53-year-old, is excited for the public to be able to wear Giambattista’s luxurious designs for a fraction of the price.

“I love the dramatic yet accessible silhouettes; they make me feel powerful and effortless, which is what being fabulous is all about, in my opinion,” she said in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar. “It’s also the personal touches throughout the collection that make me really connect to the pieces. It’s like wearing a little piece of Giamba himself.

“When you see his clothes and then get to wear them, it really has an effect on you but at the same time, you totally feel like yourself. That’s a special skill and a gift to the rest of us.”

The capsule collection features menswear and womenswear, with highlights including an extravagant red tulle dress and a delicately embroidered flowered gown.

“It’s all so beautiful. The level of detail is incredible, which is very Giambattista Valli, but there’s also this wonderful high-low mix of pieces that includes embellished sweatshirts and really fun jewellery,” the 23-year-old shared. “It’s going to be so amazing to see all these people around the world wearing the collection. I love the idea that the Valli universe is expanding and joining forces with H&M.”

The Giambattista Valli x H&M range will hit stores on 7 November.

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Giambattista Valli refused to let his H&M collaboration ‘be a parody’

Giambattista Valli was determined for his H&M collaboration to be “totally faithful” to his iconic designs.The Italian designer’s range for the high street retailer is set to be released next month, and in an interview with Vogue Australia, Valli expla…

Giambattista Valli was determined for his H&M collaboration to be “totally faithful” to his iconic designs.

The Italian designer’s range for the high street retailer is set to be released next month, and in an interview with Vogue Australia, Valli explained that the line is an “ABC” of what he’s done in his career so far.

“I’m couture, I’m ready-to-wear, a mix of everything. I want people to be able to wear one of my couture jackets over jeans. I like the idea of H&M in front of a Caravaggio,” he told the publication before going on to insist that his latest partnership won’t dilute his luxury label. “I don’t want Giambattista Valli x H&M to be a parody. I’m a perfectionist; I want the collection to be totally faithful and honest to the customer.”

Valli also wants to eradicate gender from his clothes and encouraged people to experiment with pieces from his upcoming collection.

“I like to remove the etiquette surrounding he and she and think about creativity and freedom. I thought about who the Valli girl surrounds herself with. There is a fluidity, with the women wearing one of the men’s jackets. Everybody’s free to interpret it their own way,” the 53-year-old shared.

The campaign for his collaboration is fronted by Kendall Jenner and was photographed in a private garden in Rome and at the Galleria Doria Pamphilj.

Valli is proud of the decadent adverts to promote the collection, and unashamedly admitted that he creates luxury clothes to make people feel good.

“I’m not a designer who dresses someone to go to work – my community is very jet set. I hate it when luxury houses make people feel they need to buy something, or else you aren’t cool,” he added.

The Giambattista Valli x H&M collection will hit shelves on 7 November.

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Kendall Jenner ‘took a risk’ wearing her first-ever Giambattista Valli dress

Kendall Jenner took a big risk when she wore her first-ever Giambattista Valli dress for the red carpet.The supermodel wore the flowered gown at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017, and revealed that it was one of the first looks that she had “a lot of fu…

Kendall Jenner took a big risk when she wore her first-ever Giambattista Valli dress for the red carpet.

The supermodel wore the flowered gown at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017, and revealed that it was one of the first looks that she had “a lot of fun with, in terms of taking risks with fashion and walking red carpets.”

“I wore a short little white dress with a floral print on it that had this long train that was blowing in the wind. It was so much fun; I remember I loved it and I felt so good in it,” Kendall told Vogue.com. “It was the first carpet where I was like, ‘I’m really going to go for it; I’m not just going to wear something simple and safe. I want to have fun with it.’ I feel like that was my first Giambattista Valli moment.”

The reality star is currently fronting the campaign for the Italian designer’s collaboration with high-street store H&M, which will be released on 7 November.

And when Valli called Kendall to ask her to be the face of his new collection, she signed up straightaway.

“I remember, I was trying on one of his dresses with my stylist for an event and we FaceTimed him to say hi and just show him the dress. He was like, ‘I have a surprise: I’m collaborating with H&M and I’d love for you to be a part of it.’ Considering he and I had such a great relationship, it was an easy yes,” Kendall explained.

The model already has a favourite piece from the collaboration – a fuchsia pink ruffled minidress – and said it was “really cool” the designer was giving more people an affordable opportunity to wear his creations.

“His dresses always make me feel powerful, elegant, confident. There’s something about how big and fun they are that throws you into a different world, like a character almost,” she shared. “They’re super affordable. It’s really cool to have a couture line at H&M.”

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Knitwear brand Pringle of Scotland collaborates with H&M

Designers at Pringle of Scotland have collaborated with H&M on a capsule collection.The Scottish heritage label is known for its cashmere knitwear and holds the royal warrant as manufacturers of knitted garments. Now, design teams from both labels have…

Designers at Pringle of Scotland have collaborated with H&M on a capsule collection.

The Scottish heritage label is known for its cashmere knitwear and holds the royal warrant as manufacturers of knitted garments.

Now, design teams from both labels have partnered on a limited-edition line, which will be available to buy in stores around the world and online from 3 October.

“Pringle of Scotland has a long history of collaboration, and this latest partnership with H&M has been hugely inspiring,” said Katy Wallace, brand director at Pringle of Scotland. “We are always looking for new ways to express the DNA of our heritage knitwear and we hope this latest playful, sporty take on our famous argyle and fair isle knitwear will delight our existing customers, as well as reach a worldwide audience via H&M.”

Taking inspiration from Pringle of Scotland’s famous highland argyles and jacquards, key pieces in the line include diamond pattern knitted sweaters, funnel-necked jumpers, and wide-legged grey trousers.

Other items refer to the athleisure trend, such as hoodies, leggings, sweater dresses with ring-pull zip closures, and slouchy hats, with the palette focusing on a mix of mustard, dove grey, and biscuit brown, alongside flashes of acid yellow.

Accordingly, Maria Ostblom, Head of Design Womenswear at H&M, said she was thrilled with the final result.

“The collaboration with Pringle of Scotland, a brand with such a rich and impressive history, has been so much fun for the H&M design team,” the designer praised. “We have re-worked the iconic argyles and jacquards to incorporate a youthful and sporty touch and I’m proud that we have managed to employ a range of recycled polyesters, wools and organic cottons. I look forward to seeing our customers style the pieces in their own way.”

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Poppy Delevingne fronts campaign for H&M Home

Poppy Delevingne is fronting a brand-new campaign for H&M Home.  The British model/actress is passionate about interior design, and alongside her sister Cara Delevingne, she recently invited editors from Architectural Digest into their quirky Los A…

Poppy Delevingne is fronting a brand-new campaign for H&M Home.  

The British model/actress is passionate about interior design, and alongside her sister Cara Delevingne, she recently invited editors from Architectural Digest into their quirky Los Angeles pad. 

Now, bosses at H&M Home have tapped Poppy to appear in the homeware and accessories brand’s first-ever At Home With… campaign, in which her west London home serves as the backdrop for their latest designs.

“A home is about surrounding yourself with things you adore and with this H&M Home campaign, I’m thrilled that I found so many pieces to fall in love with,” she said of the collaboration. “It’s also wonderful to be working with an up-and-coming interiors brand that has such an extensive variety of styles you can pick and choose from, especially since I like mixing textures, finishes, and colours.” 

In one image, Poppy is depicted posing in a pale pink suit on a red velvet sofa decorated with cushions, while in another she sports a yellow slip dress while eating breakfast at a table.

Key products showcased include brass accessories, such as vases, candlesticks, a toothbrush holder, as well as a green marble cutting board, tray and accents, velvet cushions and a lampshade.  

Regarding the campaign, Camilla Henriksson, H&M Home’s head of marketing and communications, called the 33-year-old a perfect match for the company.  

“It’s always exciting to see H&M Home products in real-life environments and stepping into Poppy’s house was no different. She has this fun personal style and loves to play with colour, which is strongly expressed from room to room. To have the campaign in her home with Poppy starring in the images as well felt so natural, from an aesthetic and inspirational point of view,” she added. 

The new products will be available to buy in H&M Home stores and online from Thursday.  

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Valentina Sampaio hopes Victoria’s Secret role is step towards more inclusivity

Transgender model Valentina Sampaio hopes her new role with Victoria’s Secret is a step towards more inclusivity in the fashion industry.The Brazilian star hit headlines last week when it was revealed she had become the first openly transgender model t…

Transgender model Valentina Sampaio hopes her new role with Victoria’s Secret is a step towards more inclusivity in the fashion industry.

The Brazilian star hit headlines last week when it was revealed she had become the first openly transgender model to work with the lingerie brand in its 42-year history.  

In a new interview with Vogue, Sampaio said she’s “happy and proud” to have landed the gig for the VS Pink line and hopes it is a step in the right direction towards more acceptance in the business.  

“Being appointed the first transgender model for the brand is a hugely important moment not only for myself but (for) my community and beyond,” she said. “I hope (this can) be a huge step toward more inclusivity and representation for everybody.  

“My dream (now) is to live in a world where representation is celebrated… I believe brands are beginning to see the value of inclusiveness, but there is a lot more work to do in our industry, culture, and society. I truly hope to be able to work with more brands that understand the importance of this.” 

Sampaio first rose to prominence when she was tapped for the March 2017 cover of Vogue Paris, becoming the first transgender model to grace the front of any Vogue magazine. She has since worked for the likes of L’Oreal, Dior, H&M, and Marc Jacobs. 

Accordingly, the model hopes to use her visibility and platform “to try to change the status quo” and is looking forward to a future where it won’t be deemed newsworthy for transgender stars to be on magazines or work with fashion brands.   

“Imagine a world where it is not news that a transgender model has been appointed by a fashion brand,” the 22-year-old continued. “Wouldn’t that be amazing?! Because it would mean that it is normal, and it is happening all the time. I want to see this across all communities. Ultimately, I want to live in a world with more respect for every kind of human being.” 

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Dacre Montgomery influenced his Stranger Things’ character’s style

Actor Dacre Montgomery injected his own style preferences into his Stranger Things’ character Billy Hargrove. The star of the ’80s-set science fiction hit has enjoyed the costume design process and putting together looks from the decade. “I’ve been…

Actor Dacre Montgomery injected his own style preferences into his Stranger Things’ character Billy Hargrove.

The star of the ’80s-set science fiction hit has enjoyed the costume design process and putting together looks from the decade.

“I’ve been very fortunate to have a stylish character,” he told InStyle ahead of the season three premiere.

The Australian also had input when it came to his wardrobe.

“I wear the same Saint Christopher necklace around my neck, and we got that idea (from me) coming into the wardrobe department – they had a necklace from the 1980s that just replaced my own,” the 24-year-old explained. “And I usually wear a tank top under my shirts like Billy does. But yeah, everything down to the earring and leather jacket – he’s very stylish.”

Montgomery also had the privilege of being part of the Stranger Things’ H&M collaboration alongside the rest of the cast, which features looks from his character.

“It was just nice to be part of that,” he noted. “And also, like, it’s not me, it’s Billy, you know what I mean? So, it’s kind of slightly removed in that respect, and it was nice to have that component to my character added in.”

However, there’s one look he is disappointed failed to make the cut.

“There was this grey, Everlast midriff shirt that was initially paired with the lifeguard shorts that almost made the cut,” the rising star revealed. “It was an amazing shirt. There’s a photo of Rob Lowe wearing it in the 1980s. At first, I was really hesitant, but then it looked awesome. It literally was a midriff that came only a couple of inches below my nipple line. And it had long sleeves, and was made of sweat material with an Everlast logo. I thought that was kind of cool.”

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