H&M’s latest collaboration is inspired by the street-style fashions of Lisbeth Salander, the main character in Steig Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. With the US adaptation of the movie scheduled to premiere next week, the collection is timely and sure to drum up more interest in the film. The 30-piece capsule collection was designed by Trish Summerville, the movie’s costume designer who has also styled musical acts such as No Doubt, Black Eyed Peas and Janet Jackson.
In recent years, H&M has been a part of some notable partnerships including those with Stella McCartney, Madonna, Jimmy Choo and, most recently, Versace. Compared with each of those collections, the Dragon Tattoo line is drumming up a much quieter buzz but, to be honest, it may be my favourite collaboration yet.
Consisting of muted tones and distressed fabrics, the collection is very urban and street-inspired. Taken as a whole, it’s easy to see the line being intimidating and considered hard to wear. The trick to this collection is to consider each piece on its own. When taken this way, the line is full of great buys that could find a home in almost any woman’s wardrobe.
The standout piece for me is the leather moto jacket. Fitted with detailed shoulders, it had me this close to lining up outside of H&M overnight. Available in dark red or black the jacket is priced to sell quickly at $199. The jacket would go perfectly over a little black dress or with leggings and a tunic.
Other favourite pieces include the leather pants and the slim leg jogging pants which would be amazing for a (non-heated) yoga class or for a cool casual look. I can’t forget about the slim cargos in khaki or grey which are perfect for fall, winter and spring or the perfectly slouchy hoodies which are great all year round.
True to H&M form, the line is well priced and ranges from $3.95 for accessories to $199 for the leather moto jacket – amazing value.
In recent days H&M has received criticism over the inspiration behind the line. The loudest critic has been a blogger who blasted the Swedish chain for glorifying a graphic film and damaged main character. The company responded by saying while they have no problem with the movie character, they were not trying to represent her specifically and they apologized for any offence.
Take a look at the line here: http://www.hm.com/ca/dragon-tattoo
BY KIM ENGLAND