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Why I don’t do mirror selfies.

I mostly photograph clothing grids or my shoes and socks for my Instagram page for a number of reasons, including the dilemma of how to pose for a mirror selfie.

Do you look in the mirror, at your phone screen or at the phone viewfinder?  Do you pose with the phone at eye level, therefore obscuring part of your face or down low, which looks weird?  Do you only take a photo of your clothes, therefore cutting off your own head and becoming a faceless figure?  There are too many questions that need to be answered and that is just too much thinking for a fashion post.

Photographs taken by another person are also just more aesthetically pleasing and, since I do not currently have a constant photographer companion, I choose to take photos that I find appealing.  In time I would like to include more photos of me, but they will need to be taken by someone else.

Recently, however, I bought an amazing new coat from Topman so I wanted to do it some justice by showing it on.  My fiancé had already left for work and I was not meeting anyone the first day I wore it so a selfie had to do.  I stood before my bedroom mirror bundled up in coat, gloves, hat and scarf (for full effect) trying to snap pictures of myself that did not make me look like a complete weirdo.  Alas I failed and they all made me look like a complete weirdo:

Still, I posted a selfie on Instagram that day, which has since resulted in 36 likes and two positive comments, giving me some sense of pride.  The process of doing so and the strangeness I felt in posing for myself before a mirror have ensured that this will not be something that I repeat in a great hurry.

Unless, of course, I find that one piece of clothing that makes me look like Ryan Reynolds.

Kenzo x HM Autumn/Winter 2016

If you have a modicum of interest in fashion it’s likely that you’re aware of H&M’s annual team-ups with a designer or celebrity (David Beckham endorsements notwithstanding). For 12 years the “H&M Collaborations” have been an exciting feature in the fashion calendar with everyone from Beyoncé to Madonna to Balmain to Versace having lines exclusive to the high street brand.

The collaborations are well known for selling out on the day of release. The last, with Balmain in November 2015, was also arguably the most successful to date. It was reported that it was out of stock online within an hour, so the newest has big boots to fill.

This year it is the turn of Kenzo, an international brand founded in the 70s by Japanese designer Kenzo Takada in Paris. It is a relatively new designer house with bright and vibrant designs that may appeal more to a younger market than some of the previous partnerships.

Well known for their tiger motif and use of bright prints Kenzo has allowed their usual creativity and flair to shine through in this more affordable high street collection.

With the launch only days away what can they offer that would tickle the high street shopper’s fancy?

Consider the black sweater with tiger motif and the multi-coloured animal print trousers that are undeniably Kenzo, even without the top proudly emblazoning their name.

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The designs for H&M include nods to their own currently available items, such as this green and black bomber that is not dissimilar to the emerised jacket on the official Kenzo website, but at a fraction of the cost.

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The skin print is made available on a range of items in the Kenzo x HM series, some of which are for the most adventurous of men.

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But there are also less vibrant offerings for the more subdued of you out there.

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There are many designs and patterns to choose from, which have been used on numerous items across the range. If you can’t decide what to buy, however, you can always opt for this coat that appears to incorporate every pattern.

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This release has been eagerly awaited since it was announced in May 2016. The look book has given us all quite the taste of what can be considered one of the brightest and most lively Autumn/Winter 2016 High Street Collections.