H&M Throws a Bash for Matthew Williamson with Some Real Superstars

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Pictured: Model Helena Christensen in Matthew Williamson for H&M, er, dress 🙂

Despite Recession woes, H&M put on party last night in Manhattan to celebrate their Matthew Williamson collection Part Deux upcoming launch on May 14th. Normally, I don’t like to just show pictures of celebrities wearing fashions on the blog, because I really don’t think you should choose your clothes based on what someone who is famous is wearing, especially when it was probably give to them for free! 🙂 However, there is something here that I like, that I want to talk about. The H&M party pictures actually show the clothes being worn by two party goers who are clearly not professional models, but who are just enjoying themselves and looking fabuless.

As much as I like the cute mini-dress worn by Helena above, I’m much more intrigued by the picture of H&M’s genius Creative Advisor, Margareta van den Bosch in her fabby yellow top (see below). To me, she just looks amazing. She’s not posing and there is nothing artificial her. She’s relaxing in a comfortable and pretty top. And she is not a size numero zero. Rock it for the Recessionistas Margareta!

Pictured: H&M’s Margareta van den Bosch

The next phase of the collection will feature casual menswear, and I love this photo of Adrien Brody strolling into the H&M party in his MW shorts.

Pictured: Adrien Brody, keeping it real

I hope this is a trend that we see more of. I don’t know about the rest of the fashion watching nation, but I am seriously tired of seeing a pair of starved looking twins popping up all over NYC in the latest designer garb. I much prefer seeing some non-poseurs turning up and looking very real + cool in chic n’cheap garb.

I hope this next collection of Matthew Williamson for H&M wear lasts for more than several hours at H&M stores. Everyone should have the chance to enjoy some affordable fashions. I scored on the last collection only because my dear friend Scottie braved the throngs of hoarding shoppers at the Beverly Center H&M store like William Wallace taking on the English during the battle for Scottish independence. He succeeded where lesser men and women might have failed, sweet talking a hoarding shopper into parting with the “butterfly top” so his dear friend (moi) could enjoy it. Below are the spoils of the Beverly Center skirmishes.

Pictured: The coveted Matthew Williamson for H&M Butterfly Top

I truly believe Scottie succeeded, with his charming accent, where I would have undoubtedly failed. I don’t know if I would’ve succeeded in talking this prized garment from the hands of a frenzied shopper.

So here’s hoping that the May 14th introduction of the Matthew Williamson collection is a lot less frenzied and shows the promise of light-hearted summer garments that can be worn well by real people. I want the top Margareta is wearing below:

Pictured: Matthew Williamson for H&M floral tunic.

Plus the “tunic” (sorry I don’t think that is a dress) that Helena is modeling above.

Pictured: Matthew Williamson for H&M floral tunic.

H&M please make enough to last at least through June! 🙂

Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.


  1. Don't Be a Slut

    April 30, 2009 at 5:42 am

    Great post! It is great to see big gals rocking cool tops, not just anorexic twins in NYC.

  2. Missaa

    April 30, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    I really really like the last one – floral tunique!

  3. Shelley

    April 30, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    they should last…unless the ebay crowd buys them all to sell *grumble* I love that sheer tunic!

  4. Serena

    May 1, 2009 at 12:21 am

    That top looks amazing on Margareta. I think it actually looks better on her than on the model! So glad to see a larger woman looking fashionable without trying too hard :0)

  5. Anonymous

    August 7, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    the last “tunic” that daria models is actually the same dress that helena wears only is styled different. i have it and you really can wear it as a dress or tunic.that's what is great about it.2in1