Two designers who are no stranger to collaboration are Carol Lim and Humberto Leon. The co-founders of Opening Ceremony have teamed up with some of the biggest brands in the world — Levi's, Teva, Pendleton, Keds, Dr. Martens, etc. — on capsule collections, as well as with a host of cool creative types like Chloë Sevigny and Spike Jonze, and blockbuster films including "Spring Breakers," "Tron: Legacy" and "The Muppets." This collaborative mindset has also extended to their work as creative directors of LVMH-owned brand Kenzo: Back in April, the house announced that it would partner with Disney on a limited-edition range of clothing to coincide with the release of "The Jungle Book," and in previous seasons, Kenzo joined forces with the likes of Vans, Evian, New Era and Google.
So, the duo's next move seems like a no-brainer: Lim and Leon were handpicked by H&M as its 2016 designer collaborators, and the Kenzo x H&M collection will hit stores and the retailer's website on Nov. 3. In addition, Vogue is reporting that a runway show for the range will take place in October, and if the examples set by Balmain, Alexander Wang and Versace (which featured an intimate, surprise performance by Prince) in years past are any indication, it will be a doozy.
According to a release from H&M, Kenzo was chosen as the latest collaborator on account of its "vibrant and playful" vibe that "captures the energy of global culture to create its unique, youthful spirit." While details on the clothing and accessories (for both men and women) are scarce, we're expecting mixed prints and colors galore, a must-have sweatshirt or two (perhaps embroidered with a tiger) and some funky, off-kilter silhouettes that are special enough to warrant avenue-long lines of fans camping outside of H&M stores. Watch this space, as we'll be closely following news of this collaboration and updating as more info arrives.
Homepage photo: Kenzo fall 2016/Imaxtree