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There are some amazing capsule and limited edition collections coming out in the next couple of months, and I’m excited about pretty much all of them. From Debenhams’ new ‘Edition’ collection, featuring pieces from Preen, Roksanda Ilincic, Jonathan Saunders and Jonathan Kelsey, to the much hyped ‘Inclusive’ range from H&M, which is an online-only collection of pretty dresses and separates that come in a larger range of sizes than the usual tiny H&M stuff. Keep reading for pics and info on these great upcoming fashion collaborations…

EDITION at Debenhams

Launching this week with a pop-up shop in London, and then going into stores soon after, Edition is a very fashion-forward collection by a group of amazing designers. Roksanda Illincic will be joining in Autumn / Winter (I assume because until recently she’s been collaborating with Whistles) but the first pieces from Preen, Jonathan Saunders (who makes colourblock dresses like nobody else) and Jonathan Kelsey, accessory designer extraordinaire will be available for Spring / Summer. Here are some pics from the launch. The Jonathan Saunders maxis are right up my street…

Prices are incredibly competitive, with most pieces coming in at the £40 – £80 mark, with the odd coat or heavily detailed item for a little more. The most expensive item is the Preen leather jacket at £190. This is still far less than you pay for similar stuff when Topshop work with London designers, and I’m really impressed with this range, which is head and shoulders above the Designers at Debenhams range when it comes to how closely the pieces resemble the designers’ catwalk collections. The Jonathan Saunders stuff in particular looks just like his mainline range.

Inclusive at H&M

This is a really exciting one! For the first time H&M are making the same clothes available to both their regular size range and selected plus sizes, with an online collection that comes in size 8 – 24. Most people are reporting this as ‘just another plus size collection’, but the real story is there in the name – inclusive – this is about making the SAME clothes available regardless of dress size, which is a really great move.

A few samples of the range, including the above dress, were on show at the Plus London party, so it was good to get a closer look. What I will say is that the dress photographs completely differently to how it looks in real life – I thought it was a heavy, rich brocade, but it’s actually a printed cotton. The shape is very straight, with no tailoring at the waist – the velvet belt is all that’s used to cinch it in. In some ways this is good – the cheaper fabric should keep the price down, and the boxy shape means it’ll fit a variety body shapes, not just a guestimated average – but I hope some of the others pictured are a more tailored shape. There was a gorgeous coral strapless number with pleats and a midi hemline which was fitted, so perhaps this is a one-off.

See more pics of the collection at The Pocket Rocket.

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  • Reply Mererid February 8, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Great news about H & M doing the same clothes for plus size and regular size. Things are looking up!

  • Reply devilishly pleasurable February 8, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I like the idea behind ‘inclusive’. And the pieces are really beautiful too.

  • Reply Ylenia February 8, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    love your blog!!! a good source of info, really interesting.

  • Reply Amber February 9, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    That’s great thinking on H&M’s part: it’s always really bugged me when retailers don’t make the same clothes available across all of their size ranges. I always seem to find stuff I love from the Tall range, for instance, with no equivalent for those of us who weren’t blessed with height. So frustrating!

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