Need a fit that's party-ready? And by party, we mean a 1970s poolside disco, destined to titillate some opulent drama...
In the latest instalment of its acclaimed designer collaboration series, H&M has linked up with the house of Rabanne to send retro show-stoppers and luxe loungewear flying off the racks. We're not being cute with the thematic descriptions either... these pieces truly do reflect another era that so many of us wish we could experience ourselves. We can't time travel, but we can sure as hell style ourselves head to toe in nostalgic drip.
Launching in Commercial Bay, Auckland on November 9th 2023, New Zealanders will be able to wear the covetable collection inspired by the futuristic creations of the house’s late founder Paco Rabanne (and reenergised by current creative director of the Parisian house, Julien Dossena).
IMO it's giving Daisy Jones & The Six and I am ready to fulfil my desires of a '70s West Hollywood socialite's wardrobe...
Famous for his boundary-breaking couture designs in metal, moulded plastic and paper, Paco Rabanne redefined glamour in the 1960s with his now-iconic metallic mesh dresses - something special you'll be seeing in store and in NZ for the very first time.
Nostalgic of the cool-cats that hosted those luscious 1970s pool parties, the collection heroes shimmering disc-o-rama dresses, slinky ribbed knits, and luxe loungewear destined for cocktail hour. Dossena was excited by the idea of a spirited, optimistic lifestyle, combining archival metallic mesh and mirrored paillettes with sharp tailoring and dance floor-dominating accessories.
It's not just for the ladies either - the collection includes womenswear, menswear, shoes and accessories, as well as a H&M Home décor capsule that complements the fashion collection.
“Founder Paco Rabanne was the master of metal, famous for shaking up Parisian haute couture with Space Age modernism. In the same spirit, Julien has brilliantly reinvigorated an iconic brand, infusing it with fresh energy. It’s a joy to be able to bring such exciting, instantly recognisable Rabanne designs to our customers with this dynamic collection,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, creative advisor at H&M.
“I approached this collection with a desire to create an inclusive, instinctive vision of fun, drawing out the playful side of Rabanne with the chainmail and sequin pieces and offsetting them with 1970s tailoring and leisurewear. Paco Rabanne was a genius when it came to radical design and innovative materials; I’m excited to take that philosophy further with a collection that makes our icons more accessible and also pushes the boundaries of sustainability,” says Julien Dossena, creative director of Rabanne.
Head to H&M Commercial Bay for your taste of Rabanne this party season!