I Got a Sneak Peek of the Giambattista Valli x H&M Collection, and These Are the Pieces You Should Be Most Excited For

Sean T. Smith | Simon Luethi / David Nicholas
Sean T. Smith | Simon Luethi / David Nicholas

If you've ever met a New Yorker, you've probably heard them say they live in the best city on Earth. And while that may sound like hyperbole, where else can you be minding your own business during your morning commute and stumble upon a full-fledged fashion installation? Because that's exactly what H&M created in anticipation of the new Giambattista Valli collection, launching this Thursday, Nov. 7. Inspired by Giambattista Valli's strong structural silhouettes and Roman roots, H&M brought the vision of Valli's Italian fantasy to life by creating a surreal living sculpture labyrinth experience at the Oculus Plaza in the heart of downtown Manhattan. And while H&M is no stranger to designer collabs, this collection is definitely the brand's most haute couture and is filled with pieces for the Valli girl, but with a little more edge.

Giambattista Valli is a dressmaker, so you can expect some particularly spectacular dress designs in his H&M collaboration. The garments feature his signature designs and details: tulle en masse, ruffles, beadwork, embroidery, accentuated waists, pearl studs, and more. The over-the-top romantic pieces are juxtaposed with punk-inspired pants, boots, and accessories. Ahead, see some of the stunning pieces spotted at the event and a few other lust-worthy finds you'll want to get your hands on before they fly off the racks. From pleats to prints, this collab has it all. Visit hm.com for more info on how to shop the collection.

Sean T. Smith | Simon Luethi / David Nicholas

Floral prints were obviously a huge trend this Summer and Fall, and they're not going anywhere this Winter. Whether worn to a festive party or a day at the office, the beauty behind a floral frock is the ability to dress it any which way — just add the right accessories!

Sean T. Smith | Simon Luethi / David Nicholas

A modest silhouette paired with a bold color moves this blouse to number one on my wish list.

Sean T. Smith | Simon Luethi / David Nicholas

This leather mini skirt is about to rekindle my love affair with my Winter wardrobe. The perfect bottom for sweater-weather, I can't wait to style this with tights and booties!

Sean T. Smith | Simon Luethi / David Nicholas

Ethereal romance is the first thing that comes to mind when taking in this couture design. Ruffles, pleats, and an intricate floral design make this the perfect formal gown, while the black, waist-defining belt means it can be dressed down for other occasions with a leather jacket.

Sean T. Smith | Simon Luethi / David Nicholas

Sequins! Polka dots! Bows! This dress will instantly turn any get together into a party, which is why I love it.

Sean T. Smith | Simon Luethi / David Nicholas

No closet is complete without one mini dress to rock when the occasion arises. The pastel embellishments on this classic shift silhouette add a fun twist to an otherwise timeless piece.