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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

H&M Winter 2011 lookbook

10 Aug

Forget I mentioned this is H&M’s lookbook. Take it in, Frida Gustavsson looking stunning in this colourful, clean, bold collection. Some of the images could easily be from a high end brand, don’t you think? The simple pieces would sit perfectly alongside pretty much anything in your existing wardrobe and keep you looking fresh. Although if you’re anything like me, you’ll be mentally preparing your shopping list for when these pieces start hitting stores!

Karl Lagerfeld for Macys

25 Jul

If the sketches I posed in my Friday Fashion Fix post whet your whistle for more from Karl Lagerfeld’s collection for Macys then your luck is in. A couple of images have been released which give a taster of his latest cut price collection. The 45 piece collection will his 235 Macys stores and the website on August 31st and prices range from $50 to $170. This pretty dress is $109 and is very girly and romantic, very different to Karl’s collection with H&M almost seven years ago. 

Karl Lagerfeld for H&M.

Versace for….H&M!

21 Jun
Today brings the epic news from H&M that their next designer collaboration will be with one of the most iconic fashion houses in the world – Versace. It’s set to be a huge collaboration, not least because Versace’s super-luxe design signatures are colliding with H&M’s affordable, accessible business model. The collaboration draws on Versace’s bold, bright, exuberant heritage for a womenswear, menswear and homeware collection which set to arrive in stores on November 17th in 300 stores as well as online. If the Lanvin collaboration was anything to go by, heading to stores may be the best option! Don’t worry if you miss out the first time around though, as Versace as also releasing a pre-spring collection which will be available online on January 19th. 

H&M is really pulling out all the stops with it’s collaborations, in the past they have piqued my interest but not enough to lure me into stores to buy. The Lanvin collection was different though, and my pink ruffle dress is one of my prized wardrobe possessions. The launch of the collection caused a London-wide frenzy and I think it worked so well because the collaboration stayed true to Lanvin’s signatures: tulle, ruffles, florals, prettiness and raw, unfinished edge. I have very high hopes for the Versace collaboration, I’m hoping for a ridiculously glamourous, more is more, provocative collection. For me, that is the essence of the brand. The images look fairly promising, the studded leather pieces are by far my favourite.

H&M’s Conscious Collection

8 Feb

Sustainability and fashion haven’t always gone hand in hand, especially at the lower end of the high-street. In the past, retailers have almost justified using dodgy production practices by the lower price points as an excuse, I mean that £8 Primark dress could never be produced in a nice clean environment with workers working fair hours for a decent pay right?! It’s a vicious circle of consumers demanding more reasonably priced fashion and retailers resorting to increasingly unethical manufacturing practises to produce clothing as cheaply as possible. I’m not going to pretend that I’ve never shopped in Primark and that I only buy from ethical sources. But I am becoming more and more aware of where and how my clothing is bought, like most of you. Slowly, brands have began to wise up to that and grow a conscience. For example, Topshop have been using fairtrade and organic cotton for years now and brands like People Tree solely producing ethical clothing. 

Until now though, the lower end of the high-street has really struggled to keep up, especially maintaining their low price points whilst the price of raw cotton continues to rise. H&M’s new Conscious Collection is set to raise the bar for other retailers to re-evaluate their social conscience and show that you can create a green, environmentally friendly AND affordable range. The range caters for men, woman and kids with organic cotton, Tencel and recycled polyester in a white hot minimalist yet romantic collection featuring lace, broderie anglaise and draping. 

“It’s not just about organic cotton any more, the possibilities for creating a complete fashion statement with eco smarter materials are huge now. By designing recurring Conscious Collections we have the opportunity to show in a variety of ways what’s possible using more sustainable fabrics,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M Head of design.