Following the wild success of those ubiquitous wedge sneakers, Parisian fashion designer Isabel Marant has just been named the next designer to collaborate with fast fashion retailer H&M (feel free to do the happy dance now; we certainly did). "I am flattered by this collaboration," Marant said. "H&M works with the best designers, and this invitation is an exciting honor." It's true; H&M has tapped such fashion heavy-hitters as Donatella Versace, Stella McCartney, Marni, and Maison Martin Margiela to design one-off collections for them, all of which had shopaholics waiting in line for hours before stores even opened just to score a designer piece. "I aim to create something real, that
women want to wear in their everyday lives, with a certain
carelessness, which I think is very Parisian: you dress up, but do
not pay too much attention and still look sexy," Marant continued. "The collection is
infused with this kind of easiness and attitude. Everything can be
mixed following one's own instincts: my take on fashion is all
about personality." Look for the Isabel Marant for H&M collection to hit stores this November.
After six years of as creative director of British brand Mulberry, designer Emma Hill is parting ways with the label. In a statement released early last week, the Mulberry Group stated, "Emma Hill has informed the company that she wishes to leave after a very
successful period at Mulberry, during which she has built a strong and
talented creative team working for her." No official word yet on exactly why the British-born designer is leaving, but there are whispers that she's in the running to replace Reed Krakoff, who will be leaving Coach in June 2014. There is also no official word on when Hill will make her departure. "The main Spring 2014 collection has been completed, and Emma continues
her work in the business finalizing the London Fashion Week collection,
which will be launched Sept. 15, 2013. The timing of her departure is
currently under discussion and has yet to be finalized," according to Mulberry Group.