As the retailer continues to tease the collection — which includes clothing, jewelry, hats, sunglasses, handbags, footwear and even lipstick — one thing is guaranteed: we'll get a better look on Nov. 2, when H&M posts a short film of the collection, directed by Mike Figgis, on its website. A fashion show for the collection is also planned for Nov. 18 at The Pierre Hotel in New York, and will include some one-off customized looks to be auctioned online afterward, with proceeds going to Unicef. The collection hits stores a few days after, on Nov. 23.
Posts for October 2010
>> The Chateau Marmont hosted the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund West Coast runway show and tea yesterday afternoon — part of the competition for fund finalists (Joseph Altuzarra, Pamela Love, Prabal Gurung, Christian Cota, Moss Lipow, Gregory Parkinson, and Eddie Borgo among them); each finalist showed five Spring 2011 looks to an audience that included Rachel Zoe, Erin Wasson, Noot Seear, and Jenna Lyons.
Nerves were high for the designers, with a winner to be announced next month. “I have to tell myself to stop and enjoy the moment,” said Gurung. “But it was hard for us all not to tear up.” And Laura Love, Vogue West Coast editor Lisa Love's daughter, who was reportedly convinced to check out modeling by Anna Wintour and has since signed with Ford Models, walked the runway for Altuzarra.
The black maxi skirt, like this LnA Column Skirt, is a closet staple that started receiving an increasing amount of play by fashion's finest over the Summer, so why not carry the look into Fall, when its leg-covering length can really be put to good use? Layer it up with a printed turtleneck, standout jacket, spiky jewels, and moto boots for a nonchalant rocker look. Or, make like you're taking to the urban pastures and don a shearling denim jacket with a tucked-in plaid shirt and lace-up boots.
Knight Rider, Left to right: LnA Column Skirt ($99), Isabel Marant Gunay Brocade Baseball Jacket ($745), McQ Graphic Sweater ($180, originally $400), Fallon Santa Clara Spiked Choker ($220), Falke Ribbed Tights ($65), Rag & Bone Moto Boots ($625), Balenciaga Iridescent Bag ($1,245)
Country Cool, Left to right: LnA Column Skirt ($99), Juicy Couture Faux-Shearling Jacket ($300), See by Chloé Plaid Shirt ($110, originally $315), Old Navy Popcorn Scarf ($17), French Connection Ribbed Tights ($18, originally $38), Elizabeth and James E-Moxy Boots ($395), Roberto Cavalli Embroidered Bag ($1,815)
>> Pregnancy rumors concerning Rachel Zoe don't seem to want to go away, but when the stylist was asked yesterday at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund fashion show in Los Angeles if she wanted to address the issue, she replied: "I'm feeling great." She "opened her black Balmain blazer to reveal a flat stomach," People reports, and added, "Not at all. I'd be home sleeping [if I were pregnant]."
Zoe also denied the pregnancy a week and a half ago, but one guest who sat near her at yesterday's event noted: "Everyone was drinking champagne at her table but her." And a source close to Zoe tells E! today that Zoe is four and a half months along and just found out in the last week that the baby is a boy.
While we're on the subject of Zoe, her former style director Brad Goreski has a solo styling effort in Harper's Bazaar's October 2010 issue.
Since Victoria's Secret's Million-Dollar Fashion Show Fantasy Bra Never Sells, They've Made a $250 Consumer Version This Year
>> After last year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show aired, it was reported that no one had ever purchased a Victoria's Secret Fantasy Bra. In fact, the company admitted that all of the past bras — including the 2006 Hearts on Fire Diamond Fantasy Bra, worth $7 million — had all been dismantled.
This year's upcoming show, which tapes Nov. 10 and airs Nov. 30, will feature Adriana Lima in a $2 million Fantasy Bra (left) fashioned out of 142 carats of gems, including 60 carats of white diamonds and 82 carats of topazes and sapphires. And while no one may buy that specific bra, the brand has wisened up this year: they've made a $250 consumer version of this year's Fantasy Bra, which Candice Swanepoel wears (right) on the cover of the soon-to-be-sent-out Victoria's Secret Christmas Dreams and Fantasy catalogue. Instead of diamonds, the consumer version has crystals.
>> Delfina Delettrez Fendi's Spring 2011 jewelry collection is "all about strong women, like Virginia Woolf or George Sand or Colette," she says. "They all used to wear masculine things." The offerings include hand rings, crocheted necklaces, shirt cuff silver bracelets, and Kama Sutra cufflinks. "I’ve always done the cufflinks," Delettrez Fendi says. "But they were more sweet — like with animals. This time [we did] eyes, Kama Sutra." What might we see from her next? "I have to fly back and think what am I going to do next season! I get inspired by traveling. This opens my mind. When I’m on holiday, I’m more relaxed and more open for things to come . . . I’m thinking of going to San Francisco. I’m sure I will get inspiration there." See more of her Spring 2011 collection at the link. [Opening Ceremony]
>> If your Halloween plans require a more glamorous ensemble than a dressed-up leotard, peep this DSquared2 Spinal Cord Dress. From the front, it looks like any other LBD, but turn around and it's a completely different story. The spinal cord macramé detailing is the perfect spooky treat for a night out on the town. Furthermore, we love how the peekaboo cutout detailing injects a sexy touch. Before you head out on your Thriller adventure, we suggest you top off the look with a pair of tough booties or platform sandals. And don't forget to check out our Halloween-worthy ode to Carine Roitfeld's catty Vogue Paris masquerade ball costume here!
>> After one of his Twitter friends asked him if he liked Stella McCartney two days ago, Stefano Gabbana replied in Italian, "Who??????" And when the friend Tweeted back in Italian, "I gather you don't like Stella McCartney?" Gabbana shoots back, "Who????? The daughter of the singer????" adding, "What’s she known for? What’s her specialty?" and "What sort of style does she do? What’s so special about it??" When the friend explains McCartney's staples and says of the designer, "Although she’s really famous … she’s still an 'emerging' designer!!!" Gabbana Tweets back in Italian, "Aaaaaaa......I see you appreciate nonentities!!!! Bravo!!! and "Yeah, she's emerging from 15 years of doing nothing!!!! Hahahaha." [DailyFrontRow]
>> Zac Posen's mother and longtime business partner, Susan Posen, has left the company to "pursue other interests," relinquishing her CEO duties at Posen to Susan Davidson, who is also CEO of Scoop NYC. Both companies are owned by Ron Burkle's The Yucaipa Cos.
“It has been nearly 10 years since Zac, Alexandra and I founded Zac Posen,” Susan Posen, who will continue to serve in her role as chair of the board, said yesterday by email. “During that time I have had the privilege to work — both within the company itself and in the larger fashion arena — with an amazing group of people. The company is now poised for a new phase of growth, and I have decided it is time to step aside from my current role as acting CEO and pursue other interests.”
WWD's sources say that Yucaipa "was getting increasingly frustrated with the lack of return on its Zac Posen investment and sought a change at the helm to steer the business in a new, more profitable direction." Susan Posen had said in April that she expected the company to make its first profit this year. She also noted yesterday that she was “pleased to welcome Susan Davidson who has joined us as CEO. She will now steward the Zac Posen and Z Spoke brands. I look forward to their success and growth.”
>> Pamela Love gave Opening Ceremony a tour of her vast jewelry collection — which includes a necklace made of nooses — in June, and now she's opened up the Brooklyn home she shares with her photographer and musician boyfriend Jordan Sullivan to Todd Selby's camera lens. See their makeshift candle fireplace and peek into Pamela's closet at the link. [The Selby]