It seems like Disney has been on fire fashion wise. Hot off the heels of the Cinderella-inspired shoes re-imagined by Christian Louboutin as well as Barneys'Disney-inspired holiday campaign, we now have Harrods debuting their whimsical take on Disney's princesses for the 2012 holiday season. The retailer has invited 10 of the fashion world's top designers to create [or recreate] unique dresses evoking the characters and persona of Disney princesses from our childhood. Designers such as Versace, Elie Saab, Cavalli, Marchesa and Valentino have all contributed to this project and the results are gorgeous, just gorgeous gowns! I've attached photos of some of my favorite sketches. For those of you who want to catch a glimpse of the actual finished product, you can check out this TEASER VIDEO for the campaign.
If attention is what you want, attention is what you’ll get. Versace’sSS2013 Women’s RTW collection definitely demanded attention with what all the lace and slashed dresses that ran down the runway at her show.
The show featured clothes out of Versace’s comfort zone. This season, you’ll see a ton of loose cuts compared to the typical body-hugging pieces the fashion house churns out. That as it may, the designs still stay true to its roots with clothes that exude a sexy and confident air to themselves. Amazonian princess would be an apt description to the collection – grunge yet chic, dirty yet refined – especially with the tie-dyed pieces that brought to life dirtied-up party princess looks, befitting a music video from Rihanna or dare I say a more refined Ke$ha. Seems like next season, Donatella wants the Versace woman to have fun - with pieces cinched in the waist by studded belts yet free and flowing - allowing you to show off your dance moves while accentuating a gorgeous figure. It’s a collection that once again, brings to life the power and finesse of a woman, for as long as you’re brave enough to don them eh?
CREDITS: Video from Vogue
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiCijDKKCVk] With the SS2013 Menswear Collection done and over with, we now welcome with open arms the Fall-Winter 2012 Couture season. With couture about the whimsy & extravagance that fashion beholds, designers are often than not bringing out the big guns when it comes to testing the limits of their creativity and craft. Its exactly for this reason that I find couture collections exhilarating - given the amount of creativity that you see off the runway, it's just intoxicating! This season, we are first served by the atelier of Versace. After a 7 year hiatus from the couture shows, focusing this part of the business on 1:1 and red carpet events, Versace's showing is an indication of strengthening their roots: full blown femme fatale. It was a collection that marked their return - stronger & fiercer than ever!
From what I've seen off the runway, I loved the interplay of frilly, soft fabrics with sexy, stiff and hard leather pieces. It was the perfect synergy of female sass, empowerment and sex appeal in the flesh. She showcased signature looks - tight fitting corset & free flowing dresses - that are updated and modernized. Taking cue from the SS2013 Menswear collection, we saw yet again the recurring theme of gladiators and wrestlers through the wrestler belts that hugged the bodies of the models in trenches, and even gowns. Apart from that, gorgeous flirty gladiator sandals in a slew of bright pastel colors balanced otherwise frilly outfits.
Soft & hard; fluid & solid - opposing ideas brought to life in a collection that brought girl power to a whole new level. It was such a brilliant display of creative crunch from Donatella. Well thought of - from the fabrics & materials used, to the crafting of the pieces and even the colors - I think this collection of hers is uber sleek and modernly feminine, more importantly, wearable. I think I'll even go out on a limb and say this will be one of my absolute faves for the season.
Bathrobes, pastel colors, sexy swimwear, classic Versace prints, bedazzled shirts and over-styled sneakers - these are just some of the highlights from the Versace Spring-Summer 2013 Menswear Collection. I must say this was a very whimsical show, in the sense that the collection evoked a very gladiator-like theme all throughout - from the flowing robes similar to those worn by boxers before they enter the ring, to the ginormous belt that looked like a boxer's winner's medal to the over-styled sneakers and gladiator sandals. Even the oversized floral prints used can be linked to the flowers thrown at THE victor in an old Roman gladiator fight to the finish.
What I loved about it is that in spite of the seemingly tough theme, the colors, materials used and bedazzled accessories provided a softer look, which is perfect for spring or summer seasons - from the billowy robes with classic Versace prints, to the tough whites used, minty greens and bright fuchsia. Dare I say, Donatella must have been inspired by the recently concluded pop culture phenomena - the Hunger Games film - with the amalgamation of toughness in the inspiration and use of bright colors in the execution.
I honestly think that this was an excellent collection to launch for the upcoming season. It'll definitely be interesting to see tough men all dolled-up for a change [lol!]. As for me, I've got half a mind to keep an eye out for a few of the pieces in the collection, notable of which would be the floral printed shirts & jackets I've seen. As well as some of the loafers you see the guys wearing in the gray/minty hued looks above. Time to add it to the list of things to buy for the 2013 season and just cut away when that list becomes far too long ;)
CREDITS: Photos from Versace
Last week, I was fortunate enough to be able to grab tickets to the Lady Gaga: The Born This Way Ball here in Singapore. For those who know me, they'd know that I'm not that much of a fan - I like her songs [silly and kiddy as it may sound, I actually love the songs when the Glee kids sing them] but let's just say we can leave it at that. So watching the show was a chance for me to understand her "artistry"; and that I did. True to form, the show was cray cray to the nth level! Watching the show helped me prove a point that she pushes boundaries, way beyond their limits more often than not. From the overgrown Mama Monster giving "birth" to her little monsters to the ludicrous set of a dividable castle with crosses and what not arches - oh and lest we forget, the floating "alien" Gaga head - to the over the top haute couture outfits and scantily clad dancers; all in all it was one extreme concert. Nonetheless, there were moments of bliss - moments where you're allowed to catch a glimpse of the artist and rationale behind all this craziness. And in these instances, you feel her truth as a human being and that she pushes the limits to express her individuality. She champions for each person to reach one's individuality and celebrate it with everyone else, with people you care about and who cares for you.
Why then is she relevant? In my opinion, it’s not because of the crazy outfits or the lewd behavior or the boundary-less songs; it’s what and who she stands for. Individuality. And from what I saw that night it is when she voices these reasons through her songs when she is at her best. It is this message that makes her relevant.
I must say it was one interesting show – a show that will go down in infamy in my list. But I must say I was glad I went. It gave me good perspective on my own individualism – as a person, as a child, as a friend, as a marketer, as a blogger. As the French say, joie de vivre!
(My Outfit for the Concert: H&M Red Orange Blazer, Versace for H&M Long Sleeved Polo Shirt, Polka Dotted Bow Tie, Fendi Leather Cuff, Chanel Interlaced Bracelet, Karl Cut-Off Gloves, Topman Skinny Jeans, See by Chloe Sneaker Wedge)
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(H&M 2-Toned Blazer, Versace for H&M Long Sleeved Polo Shirt, Topman Skinny Jeans, Gucci Horsebit Rubber Loafers)
The rumor mill is a buzz with all the juicy gossip on who will be the next designer to collaborate with H&M. News that Tom Ford will be the next fashion power house to jump on the bandwagon are flying all over - especially considering how H&M's Creative Director Margareta van den Bosch finds it a very interesting tie-up. But before we get ourselves excited over the possibility of such, let's set our sights on something that's sooner rather than later.As I've indicated in my first blog about the Versace for H&M collection a few months back, there were rumors that Donatella designed 2 collections to launch with H&M. How true this is, my guess is as good as yours. But with all the photos of the collection making rounds all over the blog-o-sphere, it seems like it's a done deal.
From what's available, it seems like it will be another interesting and wanted collection. The shoes that you see above are the piece de resistance in my opinion. Regardless, I'm sure fasione-istas all over will be clamoring for this collection when it does come to fruition.
As with everything else, there is a catch. Rumor has it that the collection will only be sold online. Yes, you read it right - online. That means, you can only purchase it from Sweden (obviously), the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and Norway. Quite restricted eh? If this is true, then I am terribly disappointed. I hope that they change their minds and make this an open collection. Otherwise, what's the point of launching designer collaborations made for the masses, if it's not accessible at all? Masstige approach right? In any case, let's wait with bated breath till we hear more news on this. For now, enjoy the indulgence of these fine teasers.
As I've mentioned via my Twitter, with the crazy week I've had, I wasn't able to go to the launch of the Versace for H&M collection here in Singapore last November 17. Suffice to say, I was saddened as I wasn't able to grab hold of the pieces that I've been clamoring for weeks. Well, a ray of light struck me today. I went to H&M this morning and low and behold there were still a few pieces of the collection left and I just squealed for joy! Though I wasn't able to get any of the original pieces I was really running after, I spotted this psychedelic graphic print polo retailing for SGD 79.90, which I simply had to take!
It was several sizes too big for me but I just jumped at the chance. I tried it on and it looked like the perfect bf oversized shirt that will look amazing paired with black skinny jeans. Roll up the sleeves and I'm good to go [well, of course I'm going to have it taken in for the full brilliant effect!]
The other piece that I'm so happy I was able to take home would be the gorgeous 100% silk crocodile scarf - retailing for SGD 59.90. The feel of the fabric is sheer luxury and I've already been dreaming of the ways I can dress up shirts, bags and such with this baby.
Well, that's about it really. There were still a lot of the men's leather jackets left - even the nice studded one but I thought it would've been too hot for our weather. I was hoping to grab the pink men's shoes, but alas they're all out. I should've gone earlier and maybe I would've salvaged some more pieces. As for the women's collection, there were several shoes left and one leather bag and that was it.
The entire collection was basically gobbled up in days! And why wouldn't it? It's couture for less! Imagine the experience of luxury goods at a significant markdown - from the amazing designs to little, seemingly insignificant details such as luxury clothes hangers and shopping bags. It's fashion heaven on earth to say the least. Well, think that's about it - guess we'll all have to wait 'till the next big collaboration!