According to a press release, the new collaboration is “progressive in both attitude and fabrication.” Most importantly perhaps, the Vampire’s Wife x H&M collection is made from sustainably sourced materials, utilizing recycled nylon and polyester. Mixing gothic lace dresses with chic velvet, silvery capes, and fingerless gloves, H&M’s latest designer collaboration is “bold and feminine,” with a hint of romance.
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Model and creator Cave tells BAZAAR.com, “I would call my aesthetic a form of mutinous femininity.” She continues, “My dresses are subversive and traditional, demure but erotic, formal but casual, ethereal and practical. As a terribly shy person, my dresses feel like a form of conspicuous hiding. This is a big part of my aesthetic—to hide and be seen at the same time!”
The designer, who is married to musician Nick Cave, is hopeful that her collaboration will spotlight the beloved fashion label. “Well, obviously it would great to open out the brand to more people,” she explains. “I have been working for some time on an idea called Vampire Girl, where I am making clothes that are more light-footed and immediate.”
The collaboration features a mix of staple black dresses and shimmery party frocks, all paired with eye-catching accessories, such as dramatic capes and charm bracelets. “H&M were very attentive to my ideas, extraordinarily adaptable,” Cave tells BAZAAR. “The dresses and jewelry that we made couldn’t be more Vampire’s Wife!”
Created with the “themes of strength, vulnerability, intimacy, the unknown, and womanhood” in mind, the Vampire’s Wife x H&M campaign stars brand muse Samantha Snow, model Eva Apio, and British poet Greta Bellamacina. Of working with the global clothing brand, Cave tells us, “It was truly exiting. Such fashion luminaries have done it before me, Karl Lagerfeld and Donatella Versace! It has been a complete honor.”
The Vampire’s Wife x H&M launches in select stores and online on October 22.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.
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