But down to the important stuff. What did I think of the collection? The first thing that struck me was the quality of the pieces I was pulling out of the delivery box—a heavyweight cream cable-knit jumper, a puffed dress skirt that did not scrimp on the tulle, intricate floral cloqué fabrics that looked like they had stepped right out of a period drama. There is also a definite punkish thread that weaves itself through the collection via flashes of tartan, oversize knits, and offbeat asymmetric hemlines. In a nutshell, it’s a celebration of everything that has been absent in our wardrobes over the last year: drama, frivolity, and plenty of ostentatious silhouettes.
There were a few highlights that genuinely made me gasp with delight, including a pink jacquard-patterned cloqué gown with a skirt that had zero gravity–like fullness. Note that this is coming from someone who usually wears a floral dress about once a year. I may have swooshed around the house in it for longer than was strictly necessary. On the other end of the spectrum was a pair of befrilled tartan trousers, which were very much up my street, and I plan on wearing them with simple white tees and loafers come summer.
But really, there are too many gems to name, and I have no doubt that many of these pieces will sell out in less than 10 minutes. With the collection set to drop at 8 a.m. UK time on March 11, the clock is now ticking, but in the meantime, scroll down to get my review of the best bits from Simone Rocha’s H&M collaboration.