Much More Than Cosplay: Minju Kim Offers a Manga-Inspired Collection for H&M

Though the Isabel Marant for H&M Lookbook has been making waves these past few days, we must admit that another collection has caught our attention.

This fall, South Korean designer Minju Kim will have the honor of having her sartorial creations in H&M stores, after winning H&M’s 2013 Design Award back in January.

The 27-year-old Kim, who studied design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium (whose alumni include Ann Demeulemeester and Martin Margiela), wowed a prestigious panel of judges with her “Dear my friend” collection, which was influenced by Japanese manga artist Junjie Ito.

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With eclectic shapes, a playful use of color and impressive use of texture, the designs speak to Kim’s distinct vision and fun personality. On the runway, the clothes may seem a bit extreme, but when translated for the masses, they become nothing short of stand-out amongst anything you’ll see in stores this fall.

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“Creating this collection with H&M has been an amazing experience,” says Kim. “My designs are about turning characters into outfits, and it’s exciting to think that these characters will soon be worn by people around the world.”

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The collection, made up of nine pieces and two accessories, is set for release on October 17 at select H&M stores in the U.S., UK, Sweden, Denmark, Japan, South Korea, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany and online. It will also be available at Opening Ceremony in New York, Los Angeles and London, marking the first time that H&M clothing will be sold at Opening Ceremony.

Editor’s Pick of the Week: Vans x Kenzo Fall ’13 Collaboration

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As someone who is always on the go, when it comes to my wardrobe, I have an affinity towards things that are comfortable, but still makes a loud statement. No matter what, I try to at least incorporate one thing wacky little statement piece into my outfit every single day. With the summer season ending soon and having to part with wearing shorts and tanks all summer, I’m actually pretty excited with putting together my fall wardrobe as the weather gets cooler.

And of course, along comes my dream shoes for the fall – enter the latest designs from the Vans x Kenzo Fall ’13 design collaboration. Now, I haven’t worn a pair of Vans since my tween days, but I think it’s about time I start wearing them again.

I’ve fallen quite hard for the “Day Clouds” design – in both versions of course. I’m already imagining how I’m going to rock these kicks for the rest of the year with every outfit, ha!

You can get them now here, starting at $125.

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