This week we found ourselves at Boston University strolling down Comm Ave on the hunt for students leaving their Uggs and sweatpants in their dorm room and rocking the latest statement pieces this season has to offer. What did we find? Fabulous designer pieces, thrifty threads that won’t disappoint and ensembles we wouldn’t have thought to put together, proving that this University is up on their style trends.
Photos by Lindsey Davis from With an E Photography
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H&M has done it again! Their prevailing record of reeling in prestigious guest designers is going strong in 2011, this time with a striking collaboration with Donatella Versace.
The inspiration? Iconic Versace designs and pieces from 1978 and onward. Colorful silk and print dresses, leather studded pieces, costume jewelry, daring cuts and high heels are just a few of the quintessential-Versace characteristics we can look forward to for the womenswear collection. Bold patterns abound.
The menswear collection will focus on refined, sharp tuxedo jackets. Shirts are–surprise, surprise–the flamboyant counterpoint, in bold colors and not-for-the-faint-of-heart prints. And the collection will also feature men’s accessories (which isn’t often the case with these high-profile collabs): studded belts and cuffs, lightweight scarves, and eye-catching shoes.
A small line of home items (patterned bedspreads and pillows) will also be included in the offering.
The collections will launch in 300 stores worldwide this November 19th 2011 and online.
It’s always exciting when one of our favorite designers comes out with a more affordable collection. And while these less expensive works can often range from lines for Target, Macy’s and H&M, I often feel a bit disappointed at the cheap version of what was once a luxurious piece of art. And please, does adding the word “Target” to our label really make us feel luxurious? (yes, I’m speaking to you, Mulberry for Target).
The B Atwood for Saks debut is to me exactly what these collections are all about. The price points aren’t so low that the quality will suffer, but you’ll definitely feel you can justify that classic Atwood pump you were once on the fence about.
Even better? Often times these “budge- friendly” compilations result in a much less creative version of what was loved about the designer in the first place. Not in (ahem, smart and handsome) Mr. Atwood’s case, though, much to our relief! He’s taken the opportunity to be even more innovative with a cohesive variety of textures, prints and embellishments (think leopard, calf hair and fringe), but while still throwing in some traditional platform pumps to stay true to his aesthetic. I honestly cannot even begin to tell you which shoe is my favorite as the collection as a whole is anything but monotonous. In fact, I think you’ll find there’s a little something for everyone in this high-heeled line-up.
Start pre-ordering HERE (link: http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/editorial/brianatwood072611.jsp)
And check them out at Saks this Fall.
What could be any hotter than Karl Lagerfeld-Macy’s collab? Hands down, I say, the inimitable Mr. David Beckham and his ensuing underwear collaboration with H&M!
Sure, H&M, as the world’s number two clothing retailer giant, has the bargaining power to take on pretty much any talent (or glitzy celeb) it wishes to court, its long list of roster including none other than the mighty Lagerfeld himself, to Madonna and Stella McCartney, to launch these ever-covetable limited editions, enticing us to be lured into opening what thin wallets we have. But what’s even sexier (and even more strategic!), is that the first string of Beckham’s collection will be targeted to launch in time for Valentine’s Day 2012. Is it ever too early to start sharpie-marking our calendars with little red hearts just yet? I’m already at the edge of my seat, ready to ogle away the much-anticipated David Beckham in the H&M-branded loincloth, as much as I would shamelessly admit to. Aren’t you?
Rejoice, fellow shoppers! Karl Lagerfeld, creative director of both Chanel and Fendi and all-around-fashion-dictator-vampire is launching a collaboration with mega-retailer Macy’s, to much fashionista-fanfare!
The Karl Lagerfeld Impulse Collection will be unveiled in more than 200 Macy’s stores nationwide and online on August 31st. The 45-piece capsule collection is sure to be an instant sell-out, with prices ranging from $50 to $170. Word to the wise: Lagerfeld’s 2004 collaboration with H&M sold out in mere minutes.
It’s safe to assume the collection will feature tweed, black and white colorplay, and Lagerfeld’s inimitable “classic-meets-rock-n’-roll” spirit. For those devoted enough to make the opening day, Lagerfeld will make a personal appearance at the Macy’s Herald Square flagship in NYC…
See you on the Acela? Yeah, thought so.
Scheduled to debut November 17, 2011, H&M’s latest designer collaboration will include men and women’s apparel, jewelry, shoes and other accessories as well as home goods (a first for the Swedish powerhouse of a retailer). More is always more in the Versace vernacular, so it’s only natural that Donatella has also designed a pre-spring collection, available starting January 19, 2012.
Expect studded leather, colorful prints and silk. Donatella has promised, “The collection will be quintessential Versace, perfect for H&M and Versace fans everywhere…” (you can hear more from her HERE). Past designer capsule collections run the gamut from Stella McCartney and Matthew Williamson to Jimmy Choo.
Are you marking your calendar? What are your thoughts on designer collabs with fast fashion and big box retailers?
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