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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? 

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

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.

Versace Menswear Spring/Summer 2011

22 Jun

Most people who know me know I’m not into menswear. It just isn’t as versatile as womenswear and certainly doesn’t have the same potential to mix things up either…cropped tee layered over a maxi dress with an oversize cardi, anyone?! Previously, my only interest to date has been lusting after the odd AllSaints tee. However, having had a few sneaky peeks on have piqued my interest, to say the least. 

I’ve become a fan of Versace womenswear over the past few seasons, and have now discovered that the menswear side of the business is gaining momentum. New man on the block Martyn Bal, formerly Dior Homme, is appealing to a new, younger clientèle with his modish tailoring and nod to the eighties. He is of course inspired by the archives as well as Bruce Weber’s photography for the house during the eighties. The suits were one of my favourite looks from this collection, subtly altered for summer with shortened sleeves and slim fitting trousers rolled up at the ankle. Shiny fabrics, faux-bibbed shirts and optical prints on fabrics make this a surprisingly sumptuous men’s collection. 

Versace Atelier Spring 2010

23 Mar

Absolutely stunning. So many amazingly beautiful dresses….kind of speechless right now. This is the the jaw-droppingly beautiful fashion which I love, some of these dresses literally made my heart skip a beat. Kasia Struss has done an amazing job in these images too. 

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Fashion Fix

5 Jan

The first Fashion Fix for 2009! Exciting times, non? I saved the best tidbit last, as you know I do love finishing the Fashion Fix with a little Karl Lagerfeld!

Gisele and Kate sizzle for Versace

Best campaign for Spring 09! Better than Kate and Sasha P for Lanvin. The gorgeous Gisele and Kate are absolutely stunning in the Versace adverts. Seems like designers really are turning to models this season, rather than celebrities. Very much in favour in using models over celebrities.

Austerity rules

You can tell that the fashion industry is facing tough times when even Chanel campaigns have a certain austere flavour to them. First seen in the bare apartment backgrounds for the Chanel AW 09 campaign with Claudia Schiffer, the Resort 09 adverts with Heidi Mount carry on the same vibe.

Amy for Fred Perry?

One of the major rumours doing the rounds over the last couple of days is an Amy Winehouse for Fred Perry collaboration. Most people are rubbishing the rumours…but I can kinda see it. Remember when Amy was rockin those often blood soaked ballerina slippers? Her default shoes for her default daywear – teeny tiny shorts and a polo tee.

More Bill Blass Dramas

Ok so last week I wrote that Peacock Holdings had bought Bill Blass for $10million and the couture line would be up and running in about 9 months….well it’s not looking likely. It turns out that they only bought the name, not the company. Completely different factories, people and designers will produce the next Bill Blass products, whatever they may be.

A Little bit of Ashley

Here are some choice extracts of an interview with Ashley Olsen. I *heart* The Olsens!!

Q. When was it that you really started paying attention to designers?
A. I went to my first fashion week when I was 17. I think I went to Calvin Klein, and Oscar de la Renta, and I was completely blown away.

Q. Do you see yourselves staying focused on fashion, do you think you want to go back to acting, or combine the two?
A. I like building brands, so for me it’s building the brands that my sister and I are working on, which are Elizabeth and James, and the Row. Once I have more time, then I’ll start looking at what else I’d like to do. There’s obviously a lot of things I want to do, study, and continue learning about. But right now this is something that I think I can really focus on. I don’t have time to be stepping away to work on a movie.

Q. Do you find that it’s sometimes detrimental to your fashion career that you’re an Olsen twin?
A. It opened a lot of doors in the beginning, because people are curious, so that helped. But automatically people will write what they want to write. It was hard at first. When we started the Row I said, ‘I don’t want anyone to know I’m behind it,’ but you can’t lie to the people you’re selling to.

Q. How involved are you in the line? Are the two of you sketching and designing?
A. We have a very small team, so we’re as involved as anyone can get. We’re working on it every day.

Q. Are the two of you equally invested in it?
A. It’s up and down. It depends on our schedules, it depends on what we’re focusing on at the moment. Lately I’ve been a little more involved in the Row based on our schedules.

Q. Were you surprised at the access you had to designers like Karl Lagerfeld for your book, “Influence”?
A. I wasn’t quite sure who was going to respond, but basically everyone we reached out to wanted to be involved. For us, it was amazing. The book actually changed over time; we went through several different concepts. In the end everyone got their own section.

Galliano to Receive the French Legion of Honours

2009 is going to be stellar for John Galliano if the first 5 days are anything to go by. The Dior Couture designer, who also has his own line, is to receive the prestigious French award, previously awarded to Yves Saint Laurent and Azzedine Alaia.

Cheryl Cole is the Latest Photoshop Victim

One of my pet hates is celebrities/models being Photoshopped to within an inch of their lives. I can perhaps understand making skin look more even toned reducing eye bags etc. There is, after all, an element of fantasy involved in magazine reading (can I afford the clothes in Vogue? No).But jeez, Cheryl looks nothing like she normally does, I wouldn’t even have guessed it was her to be honest. Is it just me?

And now for Lagerfeld!

On his rings: “Today I counted 19. Sometimes I go up to 23. I have only 10 fingers like everybody else, hm?”

On his work: “I do everything…I have a very special way of working – I’m quite a good sketcher so I see a thing, I make a sketch, the people who are used to work with me they can exactly work nearly without questions after that, from the sketch.

“I see fittings and I change very little because: I put something on the paper, I think about it.

“I am not a second option person. It is that or nothing. If it is not the way I see it I prefer not to see it. It’s a very bossy way perhaps, but it works like this. It became a huge business like this so for me it’s OK.

“I do everything. I do the collections, I do the advertising, I do the windows, the concepts. I do the sets of the show – if not, I’m not interested.”

On the economic downturn: I see it like a cleaning up – it was too rotten anyway – so it had to be cleaned up…I see it like a healthy thing – horrible but healthy, like some miracle treatment of the world.”

On coveting designer goods: “If you have no dreams, or if you don’t try to improve real life of everybody, people would ask why they get up in the morning. People have different kinds of dreams. After all, people need a handbag, there are cheaper handbags. But if you can buy a beautiful one and if that’s your dream to buy, why not?”

On fur: “As long as you wear leather and eat meat, don’t discuss that. In a meat-eating world, wearing leather for shoes and even clothes and handbags, the discussion of fur is childish.”

The last word: “It’s great to see things you may not buy – because you don’t have the money – but it is very ugly to think they shouldn’t exist because you can not buy them.”