Street Style: Ahhhh-nna

The ever beautiful Anna Dello Russo, from her draped dress and little hat ‘ears’, looks just as divine from any angle. Taken at London Fashion Week. Her accessories collection with H&M launches on Thursday, I’m interested to see what it is like. It’s tacky don’t get me wrong, blingy, gilded and OTT for sure but in a good way or a bad way can only be decided by seeing it in the flesh.

Outfit: Wearing the 1950’s Trend in a Modern Way

(Wearing: Vivienne Westwood Doctors bag and VW Angloma tee, Whistles skirt, Matthew Williamson at H&M leather jacket, Topshop Boutique boots, vintage Mulberry belt, nail colour Chanel Delight, fragrance Agent Provocateur).

I wasn’t actually intending to wear the 50’s style trend but it just turned out that way! I have had this skirt for years, I have it in red too, I think any look with a full circle skirt is going to naturally hint to the the 1950’s. I never, ever, wear my hair up either but was inspired by Victorial Beckham’s posh-pony tail at the Spice Girls reunion, mine didn’t end up look much like VB’s but my hair has never done as it’s told. I quite like it though. My hair is very fine so it is usually hard to style, however I managed this with the help of the new Batiste XXL dry shampoo spray. It is the craziest product, I can’t describe it, nothing like regular batiste, more like glue!! Highly recommended anyway for those of you wanting massive big hair!! With the up-do in place I had to make the most of it and wear some huge earrings, these are one of my sales buys. They look great but got really pinchy by the end of the night, will have to look for those cushion things. Throwing on a leather jacket on top of anything always makes me feel like I’m in Grease! I guess even a classic white t-shirt fits in with the look too, remember James Dean folding his cigarette packet up in his sleeve? This particular fabulous white t-shirt was a lovely gift from fellow blogger Joanna of Dividing Moments, she has only just started blogging but I think you will enjoy her closet musings just as much as I do, so take a peek at her blog. I have always really liked massive big skirts, skirts that swish when you walk, there is something extra fun about that!

Maison Martin Margiela for H&M Nov 15th 2012

H&M announces an exclusive collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela for autumn/winter 2012 on November 15th, for both men and women to launch online and in 230 stores Worldwide.

This I admit did shock me, I mean MMM who are at the forefront of conceptual design how will that translate into cheap clothes? Perhaps we will see the basics of the design philosophy, with oversized white shirts and angular blazers. I wonder if a Tabi boot hybrid will be included? I hope not. I have to say I am very skeptical about this collection, MMM always seemed so pure and untainted by the fast fashion and commercial band wagon. The designer himself choosing to say in the shadows, something of a recluse, even his clothing labels with their numbered sequence are somewhat anonymous.

When the brand was bought out by Diesel in 2002 there where whispers that Martin was not happy and wanted to leave due to creative differences, or perhaps more simply he wanted to retire. The head designer’s job was reportedly offered to Raf Simons in 2008 and later Haider Ackermann who both declined. It wasn’t until 2009 when it was officially announced that Martin had not been working for the house for sometime, it was also announced that no one designer would take the helm, but the label would be designed by a small team. Many true MMM fans have stated their disappointment with the brand since Martin left, perhaps the H&M collaboration is being done in attempts to bring a fresh audience to the brand which must be suffering since Martin took leave.

ÔÇ£MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA is one of the most important and influential fashion houses of the past three decades. I am so excited by this collaboration which will give fashion lovers around the world the chance to wear special pieces by MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA. This collaboration will be a great and memorable fashion momentÔÇ£, says Margareta van den Bosch, creative advisor at H&M.

ÔÇ£We are very happy to present MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA pieces with H&M, offering a new interpretation of our vision. The democracy of our fashion has always been at the centre of our creativity, and the collaboration with H&M allows us to push this instinct further. We will bring together the contrasting universes of the two houses in ways that will surprise all.ÔÇØ MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA

ABOUT MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA

MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA is a French fashion house which has always followed its own path, often outside the conventional fashion framework. The Maison believes in the absolute importance of the collaborative nature of its team rather than the individual, where its ideals are founded in the desire for concept and creativity. Constantly questioning the norms of fashion and presenting its pieces through the technique of deconstruction and transformation, the collections reinvent volumes, modify shapes, change the original use and movement of garments and derail classic notions of fashion.

For more information about MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA: www.maisonmartinmargiela.com

Latest H&M designer collaboration: Anna Dello Russo

Anna Dello Russo to design an ‘over-the-top’ accessories collection for H&M

H&M is proud to announce a special collaboration with fashion icon and legendary Fashion Director Anna Dello Russo. An idol of the blogosphere whose flamboyant outfits are endlessly documented by style photographers and broadcasted globally through the web, Anna Dello Russo proved her unique sense of style creating a special collection of accessories for H&M. Unabashedly glamorous, precious and playful, the range is an expression of Dello RussoÔÇÖs taste for ornamentation. Available from October 4, 2012, at the peak of the global fashion weeks tour, in around 140 stores worldwide and online. The collection features jewelry, sunglasses, shoes, bags and a trolley allowing H&M customers uniqueness at an affordable price.

ÔÇ£I am excited by this collaboration: this is the first time H&M involves a Fashion Director in a special project. This is the sign of an important evolution in fashion, and I am both thrilled and humbled to be the one chosen to lead it. I wanted to create precious accessories that are impossible to find. As a stylist I know accessorization is essential: it is the personal touch to any outfit. With these pieces everybody can have fun, turning an ordinary day into a fantastic fashion dayÔÇØ, says Anna Dello Russo.

ÔÇ£ItÔÇÖs been extremely exciting to involve Anna Dello Russo in this project, something completely different from what we have done before. Anna has a fantastic eye and a strong taste, apart from being a veritable fashion icon. She produced an extravagant range of accessories that will get H&M customers and everyone in love with fashion excited. The collection is a celebration of excess, fantasy and decorationÔÇØ says Margareta van den Bosch, Creative Advisor at H&M.

Famously described by photographer Helmut Newton as a ÔÇ£fashion maniacÔÇØ, Anna Dello Russo is one of contemporary fashionÔÇÖs driving forces. An unparalleled eye, she has shaped the way we see fashion today through her groundbreaking work at Vogue Italia, where she served as a Fashion Editor for over twelve years working with photographers such as Helmut Newton, Michel Comte, Walter Chin, and later as the Editor in Chief of LÔÇÖUomo Vogue. Currently holding the role of Fashion Director at Large and creative consultant at Vogue Japan, Dello Russo is a darling of the fashion bloggers, whom she likes to please with extravagant get-ups, and countless changes of outfits, during the worldÔÇÖs fashion weeks.

Information about Anna Dello Russo: www.annadellorusso.com

I think Anna is just awsome and a lovely lady too boot. I for sure will be looking out for those crocodile embellished sunglasses! I have to confess I have no idea what a fashion ‘trolley’ is, but I sure want to see it!

H&M Uses Fake Models

Have you ever wondered why the models on the H&M website are spookily stood in the exact same stance? Perhaps you never even noticed, as the models are just live mannequins aren’t they? Do you solely focus on the clothes or do you look at the model trying to imagine how the garment might look on you?

Either way it might come as a shock to you to know that none of the models on the site are real, not their bodies anyway. They are computer generated ‘virtual’ bodies with real models heads superimposed on top, the skin tone of the virtual body is then altered to match the face.

The fakery was brought to light by Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, who confronted H&M suggesting they used the computer generated images as they were not impressed with the real models bodies.

A spokesperson from the H&M press office replied ÔÇ£ItÔÇÖs not about ideals or to show off a perfect body, we are doing this to show off the garments. This is done for all garments, not just underwear. It applies to both womenÔÇÖs and menÔÇÖs clothing.ÔÇØ

The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation state ÔÇ£This illustrates very well the sky-high aesthetic demands placed on the female body. The demands are so great that H&M, among the poor photo models, cannot find someone with both body and face that can sell their bikinis.”

It may of course all be to do with cutting costs superimposing clothes onto a standard is a lot faster and cheaper than shooting each garment in the studio with a number of different models. In this case however I don’t see the point in having the clothes on ‘models’ at all why not go back to simple shots of the garments. The entire purpose of using real models is to show how garments hang which is totally lost using computer generation.

What do you think, does this bother you? Should they be using real models or are the ‘virtual models’ just like mannequins?

(Sources Aftonbladet,, Jezebel, Yahoo)

Marni to design the next H&M collection!

MARNI TO DESIGN A SPRING COLLECTION FULL OF SIGNATURE PRINT AND PATTERN FOR H&M

Move over Versace, now this is something I can get excited about. Marni’s signature block colours, prints and distinctive shapes are right up my street!

H&M is proud to announce a spring designer collaboration with the Italian brand Marni. Famed for its original prints and inventive spirit, Marni is one of fashionÔÇÖs most-loved labels, and its Founder and Creative Director Consuelo Castiglioni has created for H&M a spring collection for both women and men which capture the essence of Marni. Available from March 8, 2012 in around 260 stores worldwide and online, the collection features both clothing and accessories all at H&MÔÇÖs prices, meaning everyone will have the chance to enter MarniÔÇÖs world.

ÔÇ£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 elementsÔÇØ. Consuelo Castiglioni, Founder and Creative Director.

ÔÇ£We all love the collection here at H&M and we believe that our customers will do the same. Marni has such a modern touch with everything they do, mixing prints and accessories in a playful but chic way. ItÔÇÖs fantastic to see how Consuelo Castiglioni coordinates her designs, matching new combinations of print and colour, with such incredible craftsmanship behind every piece. The collection will arrive in stores at just the perfect time, as a lovely statement for springÔÇ£. Margareta van den Bosch, Creative Advisor H&M.

Marni is a label that sticks to its own path, setting its own trends for print, cut and silhouette that are always playful and elegant. Marni has remained a family owned-business as it has grown to become an international luxury brand with stores around the world.

MarniÔÇÖs collection for H&M has all the freedom and experimentation for which the label is renowned, with all-over prints in strong colours all intended to be worn together in layers that both match and clash. For women, the colours are vivid and the prints are bold, be they African inspired or simpler colour blocks. The silhouettes are all Marni staples, with full pleated skirts, dresses, cropped trousers and jacquard knit, and fabrics range from silk to crisp cotton poplin. To finish the complete look the collection also includes jewellery, shoes, bags and scarves.

For men, the colours and fabrics are softened for a relaxed take on menswear staples that is truly Marni. The use of print is subtle, often as a lining or as a contrast detail for shirts, the silhouette a modern and relaxed take on masculine classics. The Marni collection is the latest designer collaboration for H&M, which has previously collaborated with brands such as Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Comme des Garçons, Jimmy Choo, Lanvin, and most recently Versace.

Courtesy of H&M

So will you be after a piece of the action?

How to Shop Versace for H&M Without Queues or Crashes!

Donatella Versace arrives on the pink carpet!

You’ve see it on the runway, you’ve seen it on the celebs but today is the day the Versace for H&M collaboration launches in store. Every year these collaborations cause media frenzy and over excitement in the hearts of the general public, for it is the chance for some to finally own designer pieces on their high street budget.

However, every year the events turn into mayhem, with the majority of the shoppers greedily emptying rails so they can sell it on eBay. The true fans getting left empty handed out in the cold. In the last two years H&M have made efforts to combat the literal fighting over the clothes. This is no exaggeration having witnessed it myself at the Matthew Williamson collaboration. One selfish girl tried to grab one entire rail of the white embroidered tops, being Mancunian this was not going to happen to me, having stood outside for three hours, so I snatched one from the bottom of her pile right off the hanger! If we both hadn’t had our hands full fist would have flown. I then nearly lost an eye as I bent down to pick up a jacket I had dropped and had a woman try to wrestle a clutch out of my arms. I then legged it to checkout for fear of being mugged! To combat this limitations on how many pieces one person could buy were introduced followed by allocated shopping times. Yet still the shop floors are bare and the pages of eBay stacked high. Those who waited it out at home or the office were left frustrated as the website crashed, well over maximum capacity.

So how do you get a piece of the action without risking your life, queuing for hours or paying over the odds?

1. Go the next day – when all the left overs will be neatly stacked once again.

2. Go the week after – with the 7 day refund policy this is when most of the returns will have been made (in fact you can check the store every day on your way home from work if you happen to pass one, this has paid off for me in the past.

3. Stalk eBay – don’t look at any thing with a sky high price but keep your eye out for those with low buy it now options. Business degrees this lot do not have, they don’t understand supply and demand. For one person to charge double the price EVERYONE else has to do the same, but as soon as one person drops their price the rest will follow creating a price war. Ive seen things sell at the retail or just a few pounds over.

4. Watch and wait – as the returns deadline approaches the eBay sellers will either take the items back to store or drop the prices so they can shift the stock.

5. Do the same online – returns will be made online to so keep your eye out.

6. Try later in the year – these designer collaborations are fun at the time but they don’t hold their value like main line designer cloths. A few months down the line they are yesterdays news and going for peanuts on eBay.

The collection on the runway

Chloe Moretz in the yellow silk dress £129.99

Mark Ronson in the pink mens suit jacket 79.99, trousers £34.99, shirt £29.99, shoes £59.99

Emma Roberts in the floral corset £69.99 and leggings £24.99

So where was I this morning? Well I was still in bed, I have to admit this collection wasn’t really my style. In fact out of all the pieces I liked more of the menswear, so I might keep my eye out for returns but I won’t be falling over myself for it. I have really enjoyed collaborations in the past, it is really exciting hearing who the designer will be, waiting for the first glimpse of the designs, the camaraderie and excitement in the queue and finally taking home the goods. Maybe next year I will be joining in again?

Did you bag anything from the collection?

Pearl

(First image via DailyMail online, all other images courtesy H&M)

Budget Fashion: Versace for H&M

Donatella wearing a piece from the H&M collection at Men’s Fashion Week earlier in the week

A break in the schedule for this hot off the press announcement, but don’t for get to read today’s regular post too!

VERSACE TO DESIGN ICONIC COLLECTION FOR H&M THIS AUTUMN

H&M is proud to announce that its Autumn 2011 designer collaboration will be with one of the worldÔÇÖs most legendary fashion brands, Versace. Designed by its creative director Donatella Versace, the exclusive collection will look back to the vibrant heritage of the brand, full of leather, prints, colour and exuberance in exclusive materials at fantastic H&M prices. The collection will include ranges for women, men and selected pieces for the home. It will be available from 17th November in around 300 stores worldwide, as well as on-line. In addtion, Donatella Versace has also designed a pre-spring collection for H&M which will be exclusively available in countries with H&M on-line sales from 19th January.

ÔÇ£I am thrilled to be collaborating with H&M and to have the opportunity of reaching their wide audience. The collection will be quintessential Versace, perfect for H&M and Versace fans everywhere,ÔÇØ says Donatella Versace.

ÔÇ£Versace is one of the most important brands of recent times, and their collection for H&M will be glamorous and flamboyant ÔÇô everything Versace stands for. Donatella Versace is sharing with us iconic designs from the archives. This is such a celebratory collaboration and is perfect for the party season,ÔÇØ says Margareta van den Bosch, creative advisor at H&M.

Versace is a brand that is steeped in glamour to its very core. Founded in 1978 by Gianni Versace, his daring dresses and wild iconography revolutionized fashion, creating provocative styles from classical themes which were all cut with an impeccable design eye. Since 1997, Donatella Versace has continued Gianni VersaceÔÇÖs work as creative director, evolving the brand into a global fashion house at the forefront of what luxury means today. Famous worldwide for her signature wardrobe, Donatella Versace is the epitome of everything the Versace house stands for.

Versace is the latest house to collaborate with H&M on an exclusive designer collection, following the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Comme des Gar├ºons, Jimmy Choo and, most recently, Lanvin. For H&M, Donatella Versace has looked back to the archives to reinterpret some classic Versace designs. The womenswear collection will be dominated by dresses that fit right in with the spirit of the season, featuring studded leather and colourful prints, with accessories including high heels and costume jewellery. The menÔÇÖs collection will focus on sharp tailoring, including the perfect tuxedo, as well as belts and jewellery for men too. For the first time in a designer collaboration at H&M the collection will consist of some homeware pieces, including cushions and a bedspread.



Watch the video!

Seems like Donatella has had some time to reconsider since making this statement in 2008:

“Don’t expect a Versace diffusion line at H&M while Donatella heads the label. She told the crowd at the New York Times’ TimesTalk series yesterday that though she’s been asked to do a lower-priced line, she refused. “I respect everyone who does it,” she said. “But the reason I didn’t do it is because I work very hard to put the Versace line in the luxury section. I think to put the Versace line in H&M would confuse the brand.” Read the full interview HERE

So, excited anyone???
Pearl

Press release courtesy of H&M

Damn you H&M and damn you again! (I don’t mean it I love you)

(Wearing H&M jumper and pants, Donna Karen blazer, Dior shoes, Louis Vuitton scarf, Fendi clutch)
I saw this stripey jumper on a bus stop advert, just look at the beautiful smiley face of Anja Rubik, she was staring out at me through the neon lights covered in rain drops. I couldn’t resist and took a detour on the way to work to H&M to pick one up. They also had these equally snugly looking pants hung next to the jumpers which I couldn’t resist either.

I was feeling pretty smug in my lovely and warm outfit, until I turned the page in my Grazia to see the full sized advert!
Yep they styled the advert with the exact same jumper and pants combo! So yep I felt a bit of a prat in my H&M ‘look’, but ah well I do love it! Also how tall is that girl, I could wear my jumper as a dress!
Here is another shot from the campaign which has me wanting some leg warmers really, really, badly!
I also have another beef with H&M. As I am sure you all know by now their collaboration with Lanvin (I am sure you fellow fashionistas know that it is pronounced Lon-van, but if I have to explain this to another person who has no idea what I am talking about I will go mad, it’s French. As is ItalicGivenchy – Gee-von-chay. The miss pronunciation has gotten so bad I have started pronouncing them incorrectly myself just so that people know what I am talking about), is released on the 23rd November.
No of course this is only a good thing, in fact it is an absolutely marvelous thing, which I am so excited about I could throw up. But they have chosen the worst possible day they could have. I am fully prepared to wait outside and queue for an hour in the pouring rain, oh yes, I am also prepared to fight my way through the awful people grabbing arms of the same thing to sell on eBay. But, but I CANT!!
The first dilemma was that my dad is going into hospital for an operation that morning. Hmm OK I will miss the opening, but I was thinking maybe, just maybe there will be a little something left for me by the time I got there mid-afternoon. But the comedians at the NHS just sent me a letter to say that my OWN hospital appointment is ALSO ON THE 23rd!!!! Can you believe it, I could cry. There will surely be no LANVIN FOR PEARL! If only I had one of those fancy mobiles with internet access I could try and buy online, but nope not me!
Looks like it will be the option of paying through the nose on eBay for something for me – yes I know I am feeling very sorry for myself. So I will sit here and play, if only I could talk H&M into saving me something what would it be! Well I love the dresses, I love the fur jacket and coat and I love the chandelier necklaces – all of which I would be buying if I could. But if I had to choose my absolute favourites it would be either this smiley embellished t-shirt or the one with the three ladies and this beautiful, beautiful Pearl and flower necklace.

Oh well you never know, luck might be on my side, maybe the ladies of Manchester will not want Lanvin and there will be lots left for me the next day, yeah I know how deluded am I!
Oh and you can see the full collection online on the 4th.
So come on let me live through you, is there anything from the Lanvin or winter H&M collections you are lusting after?
Pearl