by Ariston Anderson
We haven't been so excited about a diffusion line since Proenza Schouler came to Target. Comme des Garçons, literally "like some boys," is about to take H&M by storm with a men's and women's collection that pulls up some of the avant garde design house's signature trends, like mad polka dots, externally embroidered jackets, wool suits, skirts and shorts with disjointed pieces.
The signature dress costs $350, not quite an H&M pricetag but it sure beats a several-thousand-dollar Comme des Garçons price tag. And with several mix-and-match cheaper options, a wardrobe can be had with a few separate tops and bottoms.
The collection hits stores 13 November 2008 and if previous releases are any indication—the Roberto Cavalli collection sold out of H&M in less than two hours and anyone that made it there can recall a vicious battle over animal-printed frocks from New Jersey teens who ventured to midtown Manhattan—you may want to get there early. But with the edgy styling of Comme des Garçons, it's no telling who will be lining up to rush the stores come November.
More images from the look book and U.S. store locations after the jump.
The following U.S. stores will carry the line:
New York Locations:
435 7th Avenue at 34th Street
1328 Broadway at 34th Street (Herald Square)
640 5th Avenue at 51st Street
731 Lexington Avenue at 59th Street
5200 Beverly Center
8580 Sunset Blvd.
150 Powell Street
840 North Michigan Avenue