By Melissa Koh
H&M has revealed its 'Conscious Exclusive' collection for Spring 2017, with an emphasis on sustainability and style.
This effort is led by the use of the revolutionary sustainable material BIONIC® – recycled polyester made from plastic shoreline waste. This fluid fabric used in an intricate pleated gown shows how natural it is for the best styles to be conscious of the environment.
In addition to a full assortment for women and relaxed formal wear for men, for the first time, the collection will include kids' pieces, as well as a Conscious Exclusive fragrance made from organic oils.
Supermodel and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova is the face of this year's Conscious Exclusive collection in her first campaign for H&M.
"I am proud to appear in the H&M Conscious Exclusive campaign. It's amazing to see the advances in sustainable fabrics that are used in the collection, pointing towards a more sustainable future for all fashion," says Natalia Vodianova.
Vodianova showcases the ethereal plissé pleated gown in powder pink made from BIONIC®.
"For the design team at H&M, this year’s Conscious Exclusive is a chance to dream and create pieces that are both quirky and beautiful. It’s great to be able to show just what is possible with sustainable materials like we have done with the delicate plissé dress made of BIONIC® ," says Pernilla Wohlfahrt, H&M's Head of Design and Creative Director.
H&M and Sustainability
Conscious Exclusive is at the forefront of H&M’s movement towards a more sustainable fashion future. Across all of H&M’s product ranges, 20% are now made from more sustainable materials (2015), with the aim each year to increase the share. H&M is one of the world's biggest users of recycled polyester and one of the biggest buyers of organic cotton. The goal for cotton is that it be 100% sustainably sourced by 2020. It is part of H&M’s ambition to make sustainable, good-quality fashion accessible to as many people as possible.
The Conscious Exclusive 2017 collection will be available in around 160 stores worldwide, and online, from 20 April.