Embroidered Silk Trousers—H&M Eco Consciousness Exclusive collection SS2014. With IDLF Uniqlo white tee and K Jacques golden sandals
H&M finally got me in their Fifth Avenue doors. All it took was an exclusive Eco Consciousness collection.
One of the interesting things this spring has been my sudden run on high-street collections. First the Inès de la Fressange collection at Uniqlo (I’ve gone back twice for a few more things), and then came the Consciousness Exclusive collection from H&M just a few weeks later. Had I not been living in NYC, I wouldn’t have shopped either, if only because sizing is really an issue for both. But I am living in NYC, and both are the quickest metro pit-stop away, so here I am. The owner of a rather wholly brand-new spring/summer wardrobe on a budget. Let’s repeat: On a budget. Any minimalist will (should) roll their eyes, but over here in maximum-ville, I’m clapping. Wildly. Because I’m honestly in love with what I’m finding in the wallet-friendly stores these days.
The embroidered trousers . . .
A close up of the hem area . . . swoon . . .
And look at that finishing . . . I never see this anymore (okay, I also don’t buy trousers . . . )
Some tops from the collection . . . a white cotton blouse, a cream cotton top, and a silk top
Close up of the cream cotton top . . . this is seriously, seriously so, so, so soft
The glorious back of the white cotton top . . . look at those gathers!
And then check out this seam for the gathers. I can attest—due to spilled drinks during a full-on crazy night—that this washes exceptionally well. It might be my favorite blouse right now.
If you haven’t heard about the “Exclusive” Consciousness collection at H&M, there’s a reason. It sold out in a few hours, especially online. I chugged on over there about an hour after H&M opened, and the whole thing was half gone. By the time I left, there were but a couple of racks, rather than a full display corner. Oh my. I pulled things from the racks with the speed of a cheetah and high-tailed it to the fitting rooms. And then stupid me gave things back I was iffy on, thinking I could try on other sizes and do some comparison shopping. Slaps forehead. Still, I came out with four of the five things I wanted (research pays off!) and the additional item of the trousers.
I think the thing that really surprises me—when I went that day and even now as I handle the pieces—is how beautiful the fabrics are for this collection. It might even explain why the stock was so low; there’s no way H&M can regularly offer this and still turn a profit. I’ve had a crazy couple of weeks—the sort that makes me wonder why I didn’t just do a business degree and pursue the corporate ladder, because working for “myself” doesn’t feel all “perk” filled. So I paid out the nose (i.e., burning midnight oil) just for the chance at seeing this collection. And it was worth it. The minute I touch the cottons for the blouses, not to mention the silk of the trousers, I am swooning. When doing research online, I kept wondering: Would things just look or feel crappy when actually examined in real life. The answer is no. It was hard not to buy duplicates (when possible).
Off the shoulder true cotton lace blouse… Again, the cotton here is SO, so, so soft.
The back zipper detail with the grosgrain ribbon
The voile cotton lining and grosgrain interior trim of the cotton lace blouse
And then there’s the lace, much less the embroidery. Lace has been high on my lust list since winter. Carven made me long for it, but I balked at the prices since the colors were so trendy. This particular off-the-shoulder cotton lace blouse was the real impetus for trekking to H&M that morning. I melted online. And in real life . . . I’ve already worn this out for drinks. It’s built like a corset (for good or for bad) and I foresee many, many spring and summer evenings so dressed.
Blue cotton embroidered jacket
Detailing at the cuff…
The sweep of the back…
The blue embroidered jacket might be my favorite piece. It fits like a military brigade piece—tight around the chest, but with wide arm holes and curved arm seams for ease of spear throwing. I’ve always wanted a jacket with this cut along the arms—a classic Balenciaga sort of sweep. This might be one of the most decorative, well-fitted jackets I’ve ever owned.
I promptly wore it grocery shopping. (Ahh, the glamorous, working girl life.)
I thought I’d just overload this post with photos since I haven’t been around much these couple of weeks. If I don’t do it now, it might never get done. The only shame is that this collection wasn’t widely available—and isn’t still available for purchase. Otherwise I’d seriously recommend everyone hunting it down. But as of the release day, pieces were being uploaded on eBay at triple the profit, and I don’t care to support that.
If the Ines de la Fressange collection at Uniqlo was about glorious basics you wear everyday (and I do), this one is about statement pieces you wear with those basics. Because of that, a little goes a long way in an ensemble. That’s why I’m thinking of pairing the trousers with simple tees and the like. What do you think? Or are they just too much, even for an evening party?
What do you think of “eco” collections? By H&M or anyone?