I was ready! Elbows sharpen, combat mood and adventurous spirit on! It was 19h, 2 degrees when I left my apartment in a central location in Oslo heading to the only H&M concept store in town. It was a preshopping event, from 20h to 22h in which the hundreds of people queuing in the cold would be divided into groups to have 10 minutes to shop the Kenzo collection before everybody else. It did seem like a great thing for me. There I was, super cold, enjoying warm coffee and colourful doughnuts that were served for the poor lucky pre-shoppers.
I was in the second group. From the window, I could already spot the location of the pieces I really wanted. The idea was to run and score my favourite dress, jacket, boots and socks. I also had the mission of buying something for my husband. It could be anything I thought he would wear.
By the time I finally got in the store, I and dozens of too excited Kenzo fans apparently had the same strategy. When they opened the fence I really wanted to run and grab that dress, I really wanted. But I just could not be aggressive with the other ladies and the desired piece was not mine. It ended up in someone’s faster hands. But in a world where good connections are everything, my girl went to the storage and I got all the pieces I wanted, in the largest sizes.
Then I was happy. Had a pair of doughnuts, got high in caffeine while waiting, got the pieces I have been thinking about and had the chance to drink some sparkling elderflower drink, eat more doughnuts and scored a goodie bag in the end. One good night.
On my way home I already regret spending all that money. You know, having a small baby at home makes it all to seem such a waste… I was trying to be happier with that big colourful bag taking a whole seat on the train, but I just couldn’t. Even though it is quite an investment “you can resell”somebody told me, I could not be happy.
The day after I was finally able to try the pieces on. With all the preshopping madness, it seemed too time-consuming to try anything on and miss the opportunity of scoring the best pieces before others. Having tried on several pieces, I can share my impressions.
As a plus size lady, luxury designs and big fast fashion chain collabs are not for us. Sizes are standard, basically too small. It goes for most of the regular fashion industry, I really don’t get why not including larger sizes. Some brands say that making plus sizes increase average prices of a collection. Ok, that is true to a certain point. A huge partnership like Kenzo and HM would not be concerned with the small raise in price considering the pieces were already quite pricey. It is tiring to be a style lover and a plus size sometimes. I totally master my styles having limited resources in relation to someone size 38. But it is more than size. It’s inclusion. It’s about having options.
Some of the pieces in the #kenzoxhm were oversized, meaning that it even fit me. But in my opinion, something just did not look right: too much volume, too much colour, too bold. I know, Kenzo has always been bold and that’s why I love it/ But it didn’t work for me.
Prices? So high, like, expensive af. Almost better to fly to Paris and buy something in the shop. At least it would have been a better shopping experience.
In the pictures, you see my favourite jacket. I really liked the piece although I don’t think I will be wearing it. There is something about the volume that didn’t please m, maybe I should’ve used a belt. Didn’t think of it before now. What do you think? Maybe in a different styling?
Anyways, I wish there were more eyes to the large public that us, plus size people are. Both man and woman that dress larger sizes should be able to have as much options as the regular sized people have. I know, bigger and deeper discussion, but just read my blog and you will see much more.
Jacket and socks #kenzoxhm
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