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Versace for H&M


This week, the Versace x H&M lookbook was finally released. Thankfully, it did not disappoint in any way! The 50-piece collection features dresses, skirts, leggings, scarves, handbags, shoes, belts, menswear, jewelry, and even homeware. Impressively, many of the prints, products and palettes seem to have been drawn almost straight from the archives. Value for money, in my eyes!

That said, it isn’t going to translate as ‘value‘ if we go out and buy everything at once (…note to self). Above, I have compiled some of my favourite pieces that I believe will work both alltogether and also add something special to many outfits when separated. Characteristic Versace: on the cheap (I can’t wait)!

Armani Prive Fall Couture 2011
Thus far, I have been relatively unimpressed by the showings of Fall 2011’s Couture Fashion Week. Giorgio Armani‘s collection for Armani Privé – “Hommage au Japon” – however, is an exception.

As the title suggests, Giorgio was profoundly moved by March’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and thus dedicated the collection to the refinery, aesthetic and beauty of the troubled country. Vivid florals were paired with heavy velvets, obi belts, shapely silhouettes and directionally profound shapes. Though it came at the very end, the tangerine embroidered top and black sequin skirt was the collection’s perfection. Absolutely beautiful in every way.

Carolina Herrera Fall Winter 2011
Carolina Herrera has just confirmed that she knows how to work the neck and shoulders of a woman, but her talent doesn’t falter from there. This is a woman who feels amorous towards details. Not only were gloves and belts embroidered for her Fall/Winter 2011 show, but she even embroidered a gown to create a colourful, wearable oil slick. Every garment’s pigments were atypical; gunmetal, water, rust, shine, it was all a pleasure to witness. View Post

Chad Hurley
Chad Hurley – the co-founder of YouTube – has stepped down from his position as CEO of the company to work full-time on his menswear label, Hlaska. In the most basic of reviews, the clothes are overpriced. There are plain hoodies for $135, boring blazers for $425, and canvas belts for $75.00; it’s just a completely uninspiring snooze fest. I don’t understand how a business mind can hope to make this work.

“We make wallets, bags and shirts we’d want to see sold in stores. In that sense it’s exactly like YouTube. We wanted something that wasn’t available, so we built it ourselves,” Hurley said, except that…yes…plenty of wallets, bags, and shirts are available. In a struggling economy. For less.

The name? “It’s a combination of Hawaii and Alaska. My business partner, Anthony Mazzei, and I love the dichotomy. Alaska and Hawaii are hot and cold states, small and large, and represent the last of America’s expansion. It’s that tension that we love.”

Tension, indeed. All I can do is wish him the best and continue to support my boyfriend’s choice of cheaper and better quality garments.

Nicole Farhi LFW Runway
Nicole Farhi was inspired by Christo‘s “revelation through concealment” technique, and her show at London Fashion Week was definitely a revelation. To me, it was all about the details; perspex belts, bodies wrapped in canvas straps, and abstract prints to ‘add a little something’. Unlike a lot of designers this week, Nicole didn’t venture too far from brand expectation, and was one of the designers that had no need to. Classic womenswear. View Post