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Style watchers love checking out Rihanna’s trademark edgy looks and I already know what we’re going to see the fashion-forward star wearing soon. No, I don’t have some fashion crystal ball… but I do know that her stylist, along with the stylists of Madonna, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu have already requested pieces from H&M’s latest designer collaboration. This time the affordable retail giant has teamed with high-end avant-garde brand Comme Des Garcons for an exclusive, limited-edition collection, which debuts November 13th.

I was one of the first people, (along with those stylists!) to get a sneak preview of the line at the H&M private showroom on the Sunset Strip overlooking Hollywood, the perfect setting for these dramatic designs.

Both men and women are well represented and the collection includes accessories and even a unisex fragrance. Comme Des Garcons is known for it’s signature deconstruction, courtesy of designer Rei Kawakubo, and fans won’t be disappointed. I loved the $129 asymmetric women’s jacket, in black, of course.

There are also plenty of more classic, wearable options. My favorite piece - the perfect trench coat - in either navy or black for $199. This is a truly timeless piece that you will be wearing for years to come. There is also a double-breasted trench coat for men, as well as, a men’s boiled wool pea coat, that looks and feels perfectly worn in.

Prices start at $24.90 and go up to $349, with most of the items falling in the $49.90- $79.90 range. It’s a fun and funky way to score high design at a low price. 

Check it out at H & M’s Web site!


- Supermodel Gisele Bündchen will be the face of the new Christian Dior ad campaign for Spring 2009.

- And just in case you missed it — Portland, Oregon-based designer Leanne Marshall won “Project Runway” last night, beating out finalists Korto Momolu and Kenley Collins.

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