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Versace for H&M Cruise 2012 collection

19 Dec

The wheels of fashion are always turning, the first Versace x H&M collection only launched in store a couple of weeks ago and images of the impending Cruise 2012 collection have been released. The kitsch fruit print collection will be available on 19th January online only for Sweden, UK, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and Norway. The online only release is a strange move, especially as H&M don’t have a transactional site for the US which means they totally miss out. What do you think of the collection, will you be queuing up next month? 


H&M announce collaboration with Marni

29 Nov

This morning brings news that has the Twitterati in a buzz:
H&M’s next collaboration is with Italian luxury brand Marni. The collection
will feature menswear, womenswear and accessories and launch on 8
March 2012 worldwide – mark the date in your calendar. Although the well-known
brand collaborations with the likes of Versace and Jimmy Choo have done really
well for H&M and have caused overnight queues and hysteria, I think it’s a
great move for them to go with a slightly under-the-radar brand. There have
already been quips on Twitter saying the majority of the population will wonder
if Marni is somehow connected to Armani, but as one of fashion’s most-loved
labels, the collaboration is due to do very well. It’s something for
fashionistas to genuinely get excited about. 

From the sneak peeks I’ve seen, Marni’s creative director Consuelo
Castiglioni has retained her signature prints, playfulness and elegance making
for some really, really striking pieces – but in a very different way to the
current Versace collection. Colours will be bold, prints will clash but in a
more refined, graceful way combined with Marni silhouettes – full pleated
skirts, dresses and cropped trousers. 

 “I wanted to create a true Marni wardrobe by
revisiting all our favorite pieces in signature fabrics and prints. As always,
I love juxtaposing prints and colours, mixing modern tribal with Bauhaus
graphic adding sporty utilitarian elements”.Consuelo Castiglioni, Founder and
Creative Director.

What do you think of the collaboration so far, will you be queuing up for a piece of Marni at H&M prices? 

First look: Versace for H&M

21 Oct
Your have four weeks notice to book the morning off and sharpen those elbows; the Versace for H&M collection is out on Thursday 17th November! I think this is one of the most exciting H&M collaborations to date, sure there are pieces that I don’t particularly like and are a little garish but on the whole, there are plenty of super covetable pieces which are reminiscent of the 80s/90s Versace. Here are my picks from the lookbook, followed by some of the gorgeous model shots. Will you be joining the scrum in a few weeks time? 

Clockwise from top left:
Black suede boots – £79.99
Belt – £29.99
Pink silk dress – £129.99
Black silk dress – £79.99
Pink silk scarf – £24.99
Black leather dress – £179.99
Lavender silk dress – £79.99
Red dress – £49.99
Faux fur gilet – £39.99
Leather necklace -£34.99
Silk skirt – £39.99
Leather jacket – £149.99

Gap x Valentino collaboration

26 Nov

I am not a happy bunny this week. After weeks, nay months, of whipping us into a frenzy with rumours, announcements, leaks and teaser videos, the H&M x Lanvin finally launched earlier this week. Previous H&M collaborations have caused havoc but this was out and out chaos. There are stories of people queueing overnight to get a piece! Before 9am, there were over 200 fashionistas queueing at the Regent St store and the online collection was sold out long before then. I had some time to kill before dinner with a friend so I joined in the hysteria by traipsing to four stores. I’m surprised the mannequins were left clothed to be frank, the shelves were pretty much stripped bare! 

With all that hype and build up, I feel a little sorry for the second designer collaboration to launch this week; Gap x Valentino. On the surface, it seems like a rather strange match, when I think of Valentino I normally think of beautiful gowns in Valentino red whereas Gap evokes images of jeans, khakis and crisp white shirts. But you know what, it actually kind of works. The collection is limited to just seven pieces and is utilitarian/military practicality through the eyes of Valentino. That basically means lots of khaki with Valentino ruffles priced between £89.99-£149.99. The range is available Saturday 27th November at Colette, Gap flagship in Milan, the Gap flagship on Oxford Street and Dover Street Market. 

I want LANVIN, not diamonds!!

2 Nov

Enough of the teasers and drip feeds, everything you ever wanted to know about the Lanvin for H&M  collaboration is here for you in one concise post. The womenswear collection consists of 30 pieces AND 15 accessories, everything from shoes and jewellery to gloves and lipstick! The menswear collection is almost as big with 25 pieces and 10 accessories. My first thought is those collections are pretty generous and secondly it’s nice to see the stylish men of the world are going to be so well catered for. Third thought was ‘Woweeee’ there are so many gorgeous pieces. 

They hit 200 stores around the world, with America getting in first on November 20th and the rest of the world catching up on November 23rd. Here’s the campaign, video, look book and price list. Please click on the images to make them bigger. 

The Lookbook

The video

And finally….the prices!

H&M collaboration – Lanvin!

2 Sep

There have been several whisperings about who the next H&M collaboration will be with. Lots of names have been thrown around, from Thomas Maier of Bottega Veneta and Carolina Hererra to Vivienne Westwood and Tom Ford. But the rumour-mill can stop now, it’s just been announced that it is…LANVIN!! Be still my beating heart! I think it may just be the perfect partnership. I’ve never actually been caught up in the frenzy of H&M collaborations, though I did really like the recent Sonia Rykiel collection. But I would actually join a queue and (im)patiently wait in line to get my hands on a H&M x Lanvin piece. 
I love the work of Alber Elbaz at Lanvin, it’s super-luxe, utterly gorgeous and totally unattainable. Even the Lanvin x Acne collaboration had a shockingly high price point. So of course I would love the chance to get my hands on some Lanvin…at H&M prices. There is one niggling doubt in the back of my mind though – quality. With H&M, quality can be a bit hit and miss but at those prices it’s forgiveable. But when they collaborate with the likes of Viktor & Rolf, Comme des Garcon and Karl Lagerfeld, you feel a bit cheated at the poor quality. I was mildly curious about the Jimmy Choo collaboration and was very disappointed. 

The collection is previewing on 2nd November and is out on 23rd November. Here’s one of the viral videos H&M released, this one indicating that it was Lanvin:

Mulberry x Target collaboration

21 Aug

I love Mulberry, I have a new obsession every season. Last season it was the Alexa, now I’m lusting after the gorgeous Neely. In my head, I own half a dozen Mulberrys but in reality the price points are a little high for me. That’s why I’ve been looking out for a collaboration for ages. I still regret not hunting down the red jersey Bayswater they designed for a collaboration with Gap. Target have lined up the highly covetable British label for their next collaboration, which is out in stores in October. There will be eight styles inspired by the main line but no replicas. The best part? They will be at Target prices, roughly under $100. Yesterday, had a 36-hour exclusive online preview which sold out immediately, literally 2 minutes after it opened all 5 styles they had were sold out. Sure to be a sell out in stores too.