A circular design story
The Circular design story collection is the latest addition to H&M's Innovation stories. The collection is designed to be treasured, shared, repaired and recycled. A tribute to a fearless contemporary spirit and self-expression. We celebrate the fun and eclectic nature of fashion while moving the industry closer towards a more circular future.
Many of the pieces boast versatility, making it easy to create different looks. Blazers can be worn as dresses, straps can alter the fit of shirts or coats, trousers can be made wider due to adjustable zips, and a ball gown can be separated into a top and skirt. A modern take on these timeless design elements give the collection longevity. Expect polka dots, bows, frills, tailoring and jacquard.
The H&M design team has done extensive work to ensure that every garment has been designed with circularity in mind. Considering what happens at the end of the life cycle, when starting the design process, is one of the key concepts that can move the industry forward. As is taking responsibility for own textile waste and producing mono fibre garments to further enable recyclability.
"People get a picture in their head when you talk about circularity. With Circular design story, we wanted, to show it is possible to do a bright, fashion-focused collection that is designed with circularity in mind. We wanted to show new possibilities, and offer something hopeful."
— Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Advisor at H&M
As we get ready to dance the night away again, new fabrics and innovations take centre stage. Some of which include: REPREVE® Our Oceans®, fibres sourced from bottles collected from shorelines and coastal areas. Resortecs®, a dissolvable sewing thread for attaching sequins and beads. It allows garments to easily be taken apart and recycled at the end of their life. Vegea™, an innovative vegan material partly made from grape skins, stalks and seeds discarded during wine making and turned into a beautiful alternative to leather. And Cycora® by Ambercycle, a fabric that makes use of old garments and end-of-life textile waste.
The creative team behind the campaign are frequent collaborators. Stylist Ib Kamara styled the looks while serving as a creative advisor, and photographer Rafael Pavarotti shot the dynamic campaign. Their work together is among the most novel and celebrated visualisations in fashion today. The cool beats are courtesy of Tshegue, a contemporary music duo comprising of Faty Sy Savanet and Nicolas Dacunha who reside in Paris.
The Circular design story will be available online and in selected stores worldwide from 9 December 2021. Local deviations may occur.