We are back with news about a previously unannounced engagement for Kate today, and a look at shopping the Erdem for H&M collection for those with the patience to brave the online and in-store crowds. First, a look at the new engagements added to Kate’s Calendar.
- Wednesday, November 8: The Duchess will attend the Place2Be School Leaders Forum in London. She will open the conference; this year’s theme is ‘I’m Fine!” This is the Forum’s third year; Kate attended both of those Forums. She is Place2Be’s patron; the organization offers school-based mental health support that reaches more than 115,000 children.
- Thursday, November 14: Kate will visit the Hornsey Road Children’s Centre, “a welcoming environment for expectant and new mothers, and an outlet for children to play.” Family Action is a charity providing services at the Centre and Kate will learn more about the organization’s perinatal mental health services. HM is Family Action’s patron.
Kate was scheduled to do the Family Action/Hornsey Road engagement in September but had to cancel because she was ill.
This afternoon Kensington Palace announced that the Duchess hosted a roundtable discussion about maternal mental health.
More from Kensington Palace:
The Duchess is keen to develop an understanding of the issues surrounding maternal mental health, and to learn what support is available.
At least 20% of women are affected by mental health problems during pregnancy or in the first year following the birth of a child. If left untreated, maternal mental health problems can have significant and long lasting effect on the woman and her family.”
Representatives from several groups attended the forum, including the Anna Freud Centre, as well as Best Beginnings and Family Action. Experts from King’s College London and the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists also took part. At this point we do not have any more info or photos; I will update the post if either becomes available. I think it is possible the Duchess is planning greater involvement in Family Action, seeing the Hornsey Road engagement and their participation in the Palace event.
It looks like the Duchess wore a Boutique Moschino cardigan sweater for today’s engagement.
The piece is a wool/cotton blend featuring the distinctive contrast trim at the collar, cuffs, pocket flaps and the front placket with bows. There is a similar style at Farfetch ($475), although the placket doesn’t have the concealed snaps like the longer cardigan. A Tip of the Tiara to Middleton Maven on Twitter for IDing the piece. She also noted that it looked like Kate wore this piece just before Pippa’s wedding; The Daily Mail has a photo here. Thanks also to Giulia and to Christin on Twitter for their input on the identification.
Moschino is an Italian brand offering men’s and Women’s collections. Boutique Moschino is the secondary line for women with the same whimsical, quirky design elements of the primary line but prices that are said to be about 30% – 40% less than Moschino; this line was previously called Moschino Cheap and Chic. Love Moschino is the least expensive of the three lines, with styles for both women and men.
Also today, an update on the Erdem for H&M collection which launches tomorrow. Two weeks ago there was a big bash in Hollywood celebrating the collaboration, complete with a runway show.
For many of us, the collection won’t be available in local stores. If you are going to shop online, plan on coping with some frustration. Hopefully, H&M will be able to keep the site up; with some of its previous designer collaborations the site has crashed. There’s every possibility many of us will see this.
If you are going to brave the online experience here are a few tips:
- Online shopping starts at 8 am EDT/5 am PDT in the US.
- In the UK the collection is available both online & in-store from 9:00 GMT.
- Scroll to the bottom of the post for a short list of in-store *and* online shopping times in other countries
- You can now see all of the styles and prices online: the women’s collection is here and the men’s collection is here. Have your list ready of the specific items you want (and backup pieces if so inclined).
- Log in ahead of time and have your shipping/payment info saved (if not registered you can do that here).
- Many customers multitask, using two or more devices to shop online. You can also try ordering by phone at 855-466-7467 at the same time, but be prepared for insane wait times.
There are rules:
- Both in-store and online purchases are limited to one item per style; this includes shoes, accessories and bags.
- Stores will use the colored bracelet system again. More from H&M: “Customers in line will be given a colored bracelet; there are 14 colors with one for each group of 30 customers. Your color determines when it’s your time to shop in the designer collection area. Each group will have 10 minutes to shop, with 5 minutes between groups.”
- For purchases made in store:
- H&M will offer an exchange or refund in the “original form of payment, with or without a receipt, until November 8th. After November 8th returns of ERDEM X H&M collection will no longer be accepted.” (Pierced earrings are not refundable.)
- Any purchases of the collection made after November 8th are final sale.
- All merchandise must be returned in original selling condition. Purchases must be returned to an H&M store. Valid photo ID required for returns without a receipt.
- For online purchases:
- H&M will do returns or exchanges in the “original form of payment on the items that are returned within seven days of the order date. After November 8th orders will no longer be accepted in stores and must be returned via mail.”
In terms of the quality of designs in the collection, H&M says:
“By using guipure lace shaped like ERDEM’s signature florals, hairy wools, handmade Scottish tweed, organic cotton, and mulberry silk, much of the range is in premium quality.
In terms of prices, here is The Telegraph’s assessment.
While the prices might be higher than your average H&M purchase, for those who have long oogled Erdem’s intricate frocks and lace blouses but have never taken the plunge and bought one (most of us, presumably), this collection is worth every penny.
There are also tights and knee socks.
Now we look at some of the apparel. Below, two Patterned Tops in 100% organic cotton. The Silk Blouse with Lace is done in a jacquard weave with openwork lace and a standup collar; it comes in both black and natural. The Lace Top with Flounces is a cotton/nylon blend.
A view showing the garments on a model.
In the outerwear category, the faux fur Leopard Print Coat is a straight cut silhouette with a removable grosgrain ribbon tie at the neck; the dark blue Wool Blend Coat is a double-breasted style with notched lapels and covered buttons.
The Wool-Blend Jacket and Wool-Blend Skirt are made from a bouclé yarn that lends a nubby texture to the piece; the skirt has a grosgrain waistband and exposed back zipper. There is no shortage of dresses in the collection. Below we show (l to r) the Patterned Dress with lace and grosgrain details; in the middle, the Lace Dress in a cotton/nylon blend; on the right, the Dress with Lace featuring a stand collar, lace, pintucks, covered buttons and other design details. On the far right, a closeup of the ‘dress with lace’.
How some of the frocks look on a person as opposed to flat product shots.
The final two dresses include the Silk Dress, winner of the collection’s “It Must Look Better When It’s On” award; and on the right, the Jacquard Pattern Long Dress. On the far right, a closeup of the ‘jacquard pattern long dress’.
Those ready for something with a snuggle factor might like the Mohair Blend Sweaters.
Things that I think are likely to sell out quickly:
Some of the casual pieces like the sweatshirts: the Floral Cotton Hooded Top, along with the Cotton Hooded Sweatshirt.and the black version, the Hooded Top with Printed Text (men’s). They’re all made of organic cotton and they have a kangaroo pocket on the front.
A few more tidbits about the collection:
- 220 stores worldwide will carry the women’s collection, 177 will have menswear
- flagship stores will offer the line, and the larger stores located in big cities
- in NY that’s likely to be the Times Square store, Herald Square and Fifth Ave
- in South Florida, the Miami Beach store on Lincoln Rd and Aventura Mall stores are expected to stock the collection
- The Telegraph reports these stores in the UK will have the collection: Oxford Circus, Oxford Street East, High Street Kensington, Manchester Market Street, Regent Street, Westfield White City, Glasgow, Westfield Stratford and College Green, Dublin.
- Canada: 8am EST online & in-store
- Australia: Melbourne’s GPO; Pitt St Mall, Sydney; Queen St Mall, Brisbane; and Perth’s GPO from 9am
- New Zealand: “only available at H&M Sylvia Park from 9am GMT”
- Germany: online & in-store from 8 am CET
- France: in-store at 9 am and online at 10 am
- Italy: in-store and online at 9 am
- Spain: online at 9 am and in-store at 10 am
- Sweden: in-store and online at 8 am
- Poland: in-store from 8 am and online from 9 am
- Mexico: in select stores from 9 am
- Malaysia: will be available in-store at Lot 10 and Avenue K stores starting from 8:05 am & online from 5 pm