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Kenzo x H&M by Mike Tyle

While we have to wait until Nov. 3rd to line up for the newest collaboration at least half the wait is over. The lookbook for the forthcoming Kenzo x H&M line came out today!

Keeping with Kenzo tradition the collection is full of color and print featuring several reincarnations of past highlights such as F16 zebra stripe & geo/flower trims. However a Kenzo staple, the tiger, has been altered for the line. The below slideshow are feature some of my must have items from the 40+ looks presented.

The images features several performers and social activist and could not be more different from the last H&M collab with Balmain. Unlike Balmain with the in your face Kardashian factor I don't think Kenzo will sell out within hours. Instead I foresee it will go more the direction of Margiela or Marni collections. Of course the line will be out the door and there will be some items gone in minutes. Don't get me wrong I am in LOVE and need several pieces ASAP but commercially it is a much more difficult for the average consumer to understand. Which means... easier for me to get ahold of!

I also find it an interesting collaboration from a selling stand point. Obviously, Kenzo has been a hyped brand ever since Humberto Leon & Carol Lim took the reigns. This will open the brand to a larger customer base. However similar to the A.Wang line, but unlike other past design collaborations, Kenzo is more of a contemporary level brand, tiered higher than "fast fashion" but lower than traditional high-end & fellow past collaborators such as Versace, Lanvin or Stella McCartney. For ex: Kenzo embroidered tiger sweater retails for $195, Balmain mohair with naval buttons is $990.

H&M Campaigns by Mike Tyle

H&M really shows what it takes to be a clothing company in 2016. Celebrating diversity & equality.

As ADweek put it: "H&M has created a feminist anthem soundtracked by a classically misogynist song, for a spot meant to redefine how you think women should look, act and think, where they stand in society..."

Spot on.

Entertaining, opinionated, off-beat and fearless. Bad-ass, independent and free-willed. Lauren Hutton, Adwoa Aboah, Hari Nef, Pum Lefebure and Jillian Hervey fronts H&M's new campaign for autumn 2016, accompanied by a new version of "She's a lady", created and performed by the duo Lion Babe.

Another remarkable H&M campaign launched last year with the same ad agency, Forsman & Bodenfors, featuring the voice-over of Iggy Pop shows how being yourself can be stylish however you see fit. But above all what really is cool is recycling items you no longer need.

Alexander Wang X H&M by Mike Tyle

The collaboration of the season. It's been talked about for months and finally the moment is here!

Well not THE moment... everyone will have to wait until Nov. 6th to line up and buy the goods. But until then we've had sneak peaks and leaked looks. This past week the whole collection was unveiled and now the runway show which occurred last night shows it in all it's Wang-ness.

As one could only expect from Wang it is a collection full of militant fashionable sporty looks: second skin, neoprene and mesh all mixed with leather and bonded details. Of course the WANG logo incorporated throughout. Good news is while T and H&m probably already shared factories now we can get the looks at a more affordable price.

Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the collaboration:

Zurich by Mike Tyle

In preparation for my year round-up post post I'll just leave you with these views of Zurich from my recent travel at the beginning of the month. Enjoy!

Flying into Switzerland

Zürisee

Street View

wool moto-jacket: Zadig & Voltaire

cordoruy jeggings: H&M

Boots: Samsøe & Samsøe

Scarf: LV

Downtown

Chic child. I want to steal his entire ensemble!

Chic old man. I want to be him!

Antwerp and the days surrounding by Mike Tyle

As stated in my previous post things, as well as in the title, I went to Antwerp this past Friday for work, check my Antwerp gallery I just made to show off some of the things I saw.

I always love traveling any chance I can get and the luxury of life in Europe especially in the Rhine-Ruhr is that I am close to a lot of great places. A two hour car ride and voila you can be in Antwerp, Brussels or Amsterdam. A bit over two hours longer and in Paris!

Last shopping trip a couple months ago we went to Amsterdam so this time the team split up again and I headed to Antwerp with a couple other designers. We had a great time. The weather was nice and I'm pretty sure we shopped the entire city. Seriously, on foot from 10-9 with a 30 min break. We got some exciting finds in the vintage shops and great books that will come in handy as well. 

I'm working on a city guide which I hope to have finished and posted soon...

In the mean time here are some looks from the past week: 

Walking home from work... armless.

shirt- Gap kids, tie- vintage leather tie (one of my faves) I found while in Italy.

Jeans ripped in both legs the same day! These pants are at least 8 yrs old. I don't even know where I got them from...

Also I feel like this looks like those "hot dogs or legs?" pics, ha!

t-shirt- Character Hero jaquard weave.

My plants were dying in the house but are thriving on the balcony! AKA away from me.

shirt- COS, pants- H&M, shoes- COS, backpack- from middle school, ha!

Pouring rain I was stuck in the house on the weekend.

v-neck sweater- J.Crew, shorts- American Apparel, belt- Banana Republic

Obsessed with this Banana Republic belt.

Ikea and college by Mike Tyle

It happened. Ikea made me it's bitch yet again. 

But now I have nice things and my apartment is slowly coming together. I am going for a contemporary minimalistic sort of look. Hence paired down walls and clean lines mixed with pops of bright colors.

I am also hoping to painting a sort of Missoni chevron along one wall of my living room. I'll keep you updated if things go as planned. 

Also, I have been lucky enough to be asked by my alma mater to speak at Career Day. I am incredibly excited and humbled that the Apparel Merchandising & Design department at CMU feels I have already reached a point where I can give advice and guidance to the young professionals whom I will someday considered my peers. I remember always being excited for Career Day when I was an undergraduate. It's great to see people who have completed the program and are making a life for themselves after.

In other news work has been well. August is a good month in Europe. Most people are on vacation, which means September will be a bit stressful. Can't wait! In the mean time I have been able to do some mean BBQing and of course hitting up the end of les soldes.

New shoes- Esprit

I love a colored sole.

Cardigan- H&M, T-shirt- COS

new coffee table!

In the bedroom.

View out to the balcony.

Ready to eat!

Weekend by Mike Tyle

This weekend I'm spending some time getting things around the apartment accomplished... mainly cleaning. No sense to glamorize it. But it needs to be done! Especially since I have been going ever since I have been home. If you see this pic on my Instagram from Friday my pathetic refrigerator can give you a good clue of how often I have been around.

Last weekend however I had a really great time. My friend Helena came over to pick up her nice new Coach bag I was able to get for her while I was in the U.S. and I must say it is really nice! Simple high quality leather can make all the difference. Good choice Helena! Also, shout out to the Coach store at Somerset Collection! It was a pleasant shopping experience which luckily every time I have been there I have gotten great service.

The weather was really nice as well and I was luckily able to spend the majority of it outside made all the better by a new shirt from a very special someone! 

shoes: Kenneth Cole

shorts: Tourist by Burkman Bros. t-shirt: Acne, blazer: H&M, belt: Fossil

Helena; the Swedish queen of vintage finds in her 1953 vintage skirt.

The new favorite Penny shoulder purse from Coach.

In the Hofgarten.

shirt: Kenzo, shorts: Zara

Time flies by Mike Tyle

Since being back I have been getting into the daily schedule at work, catching up with meetings, sifting though emails (only 750!) and being inspired by my surroundings. Which is a great thing; but getting a chance to relax is also great and spending time with family and friends is more than wonderful and not to be take for granted!

I will be adding a few new albums soon of my 3 weeks at home, which I am still trying to decide how to split it up between themes... but in the mean time a long awaited style post (Part 1)! See below for the results and I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer!

P.S.- there will be some repetition in pieces as I was limited by a suitcase, but I did my best to make it work depending on the event at hand! 

My friends Jen and Sarah and I in Detroit at Campus Martius, in the winter this "beach" is an ice skating rink!

shirt: AllSaints, jeans: Levi's, shoes: Banana Republic, bag: Carhartt

The Fist.

My sisters dog & I.

shirt: J.Crew, pants: Levi's, shoes: Banana Republic, watch: Gucci (vintage), belt: Club Monaco

Up north in Ludington, my family vacations here every year!

shirt: Gap Kids, undershirt: A&F, jeans: Acne, watch: Gucci

tank: Pull & Bear, pants: A.P.C., sunglasses: Burberry

I swear I had a better pic of my bathing suit somewhere... regardless detail shot it is!

suit: H&M Kids

On the go by Mike Tyle

I had an awesome long weekend! I went to visit The Hague and Antwerp, which means pics coming soon!

This week shall be spent working and cleaning, sadly here in Germany the public holidays of May are over, meaning the first full week back in a month! Good news is that I am currently moving into a new apartment which I am super excited.

Oh, and my B-day this coming Friday. 

As for the past work week, ending on a good note of nice weather on Thursday, which I wore the following:

shirt- Rag & Bone, pants- Gant, shoes- Hawkings McGill, glasses- See, bracelet- H&M

Almost June by Mike Tyle

It's still cold here. It's a week until June and I've had to pull out the winter clothes again. Sigh.

Needless to say I am defiant to wearing a jacket, therefore I opted for warm layers that I can go about my daily errands without cursing myself the whole day. 

I've been obsessed with the sweater as of late. Red is one of my fave colors and I love the mix of seed stitch for the chest with a typical stockinette for the body. I paired it with some charcoal grey skinny sweats and my sadly way too worn out boots.

sweater- H&M, sweat pants- Carhartt WIP, boots- Red Wing, cuff- vintage, bracelet- H&M

I've gotten a lot of compliments on the this knit structure at work.

I do love a mélange yarn.