Her statement T-shirts and black jeans may not be seen on runways anytime soon, but Lisbeth Salander’s signature style is earning some serious sartorial respect. H&M is teaming with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo‘s costume designer, Trish Summerville, to create a line based on Salander, the book’s heroine. The 30-piece collection hits stores Dec. 14, just one week before the film opens in the U.S.
“We put a lot of aged-in washes and finishes, which goes along the lines of the Salander character,” Summerville tells WWD. “In the film, her clothes are quite extreme. They’re really worn down, they’re dirty. So for us, it was taking that kind of concept and giving it more of a realistic feel.”
That’s where H&M came in: the company’s division designer, Anna Norling, tells WWD that her team worked to make Salander’s gear more flattering and feminine. “The collection wouldn’t have looked as it does without H&M because we added the fashion point of view,” she explains.
The line, Summerville’s first, is based on actress Rooney Mara‘s wardrobe from the film, and includes $3.95 tribal-style earrings, a $199 leather jacket, hoodies for $29.95 and lace-up boots for $59.95. There are also T-shirts stamped with Swedish proverbs — used on posters for the film — and a hand-painted design that blends the Swedish and American flags, a look first created for Mara’s February W magazine shoot.
Not surprisingly, the collection received a positive response from Mara and the film’s director, David Fincher. “It’s nice to get her blessing and David’s blessing, and once I showed them the pieces, they were really excited,” Summerville says. “We placed an order for Rooney so she can have one of each thing.”
Perhaps the success will lead to a second run; though Summerville says she’s still waiting to find out if she’ll work on the next film in the series, The Girl Who Played with Fire, she says she’d happily design another Salander line for H&M — or a men’s collection based on Daniel Craig‘s character, Mikael Blomkvist.