H&M Fall 2023-24 “A Sophisticated Evolution”. Story by Eleonora de Gray, Editor-in-Chief of RUNWAY MAGAZINE. Photo Courtesy: H&M.
H&M for the first time publicly announced its Studio collection for the Fall Winter 2023-2024 season. Yes, it is happening. Let’s say it is the whole new chapter for H&M. From a “fast fashion” brand to a respectable ready-to-wear brand with elegant looks, lookbooks, collections and creative concept. This is indeed a big step.
H&M has been on the international market for a while. Originally from Sweden this brand expanded all over Europe and the United States for about 20 years now. It has been known for toxic products, counterfeit, unlicensed use of the images. And step by step the production has been improved, “fast fashion” production gone, counterfeit issues gone, licenses have been obtained from Disney or Lakers etc. Couple of years ago H&M decided to get to the new level, the communication became more professional, they started to invest in professional photoshoots, models, photographers, lookbooks.
H&M Studio has existed for a little bit more than a year now. And for the first time they officially presented a collection to the press. And I guess it is time for us to announce the rebirth of H&M or the birth of a new Ready-To-Wear brand, with its own style, looks, and aesthetic.
As the curtain fell on H&M Studio’s Fall Winter 2023-2024 collection, it became evident that the fashion brand had ventured into uncharted territory, embracing a newfound sophistication and balance that left the fashion world in awe.
The collection’s showstopper was undoubtedly the short black dress, boasting square shoulders and a crisp white collar and cuffs. This piece exuded unexpected sophistication, merging the classic with the contemporary in a mesmerizing dance of contrasts. It was a testament to the H&M Studio’s evolution, signaling a departure from its previous styles.
This season H&M Studio presented us with an array of garments that showcased a remarkable equilibrium between minimal tailoring and sparkly party attire. The long coat in particular stood out as a pinnacle of minimalistic elegance. The Studio line has been synonymous with glamour and exuberance, with a penchant for bold jewelry accessories. Yet, this time, the vibe was elevated, and a sense of change permeated the air.
Ann-Sofie Johansson, the company’s creative advisor, explained, “We are trying to build Studio as a brand within [a brand].” This statement underscores the profound transformation underway. While Studio will remain a capsule-like venture, the focus is now geared more toward the timeless rather than the trendy.
The collection’s diversity was evident in the stark contrast between pieces like the emo tear-print and diamante-studded denim, radiating extroverted energy, and the lace-trimmed lady blouse, exuding an air of sophisticated irony. The fact that such disparate elements coexist harmoniously within this small collection speaks volumes about the clear vision guiding it.
H&M Studio Fall 2023-24 collection is a revelation, embodying a newfound maturity and a bold shift towards timeless elegance. It has deftly demonstrated that fashion can be both classic and contemporary, setting a new standard for the brand. As the fashion world anticipates the Studio’s future evolution, one thing is certain: this collection has marked a significant turning point, and it’s a change that promises to captivate fashion enthusiasts for seasons to come.