For style-conscious individuals without huge budgets to blow on outfits, H&M’s collaborations with top designers have always been a welcome respite. In 2016, that will mean rocking lots of tiger stripes. H&M just revealed the first looks from its partnership with the Paris brand Kenzo—and the big cat features prominently.
The look above, featuring French artist and musician Oko Ebombo, was the only glimpse into the men’s styles. (Two women’s looks were also revealed.) The jeans feature tiger stripes in blue, pink and red, while the tabi socks (the kinds where the big toe sits in its own compartment), flip-flops, hat, and bags all showcase tiger stripes in a single color. If you’re a fan of Detroit’s baseball team, or a Tiger Dad (the male version of a Tiger Mom) you’ll likely love it all.
Other reactions were mixed. One commenter on Instagram said “I am praying for this outfit, those flip flops especially, to be a joke.”
The tiger has been a bit of a mascot for Kenzo designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, who also created Opening Ceremony, so it makes sense to see it deployed here as well.
H&M began its collaborations with high-end fashion designers in 2004 with Karl Lagerfeld. Since then, partners have included Rei Kawakubo of Commes des Garcons, Maison Martin Margiela, and Alexander Wang.