Fall 2012 Haute Couture Collections

Yesterday, the last of the fashion houses showcased their haute couture designs in Paris. Fall Haute Couture fashion week is without a doubt my favourite time in the fashion calendar. It is the perfect opportunity for the brands to define an aesthetic for the upcoming shift in season. From Chanel’s classic approach to the major shakeup at Christian Dior, here are my highlights straight from the runways and ateliers of Paris. Alexis Mabille told Style.com he was “imagining women as jewels.” For me, the collection was a bit all over the map. There were caped crusaders, little red riding hoods, mermaids bathed in shiny lame and femme fatales garbed in black and lace. Sounds fun, but it wasn’t. With futuristic updos and a range of colours and textures, there wasn’t enough continuity through the collection. At Armani Privé, models walked down the catwalk sometimes in pairs, in easy suits with peaked… View Full Post

Versace for H&M Look No 2

When I saw the full photos of the Versace collection, I immediately fell in love with two items.  On Saturday morning, I was lucky enough to snatch up both the panther colour and sunset printed silk skirt, which are both iconic pieces that remind me of the house of Versace. I wore Zara’s simple black suede asymmetrical pumps, and a black knit top. The skirt features a beautiful sunset vignette with elaborate sun designs that remind me of vintage Versace prints.  I also adore the ombre leopard print. The skirt is even better from the back!  I wasn’t aware that the skirt has a pleated back with gold tips on the corner, which add a luxe embellishment. My favourite piece from this collection was the panther collar.  I didn’t realize it would be this big in person, but I have fallen in love with the detail and weight of this piece. … View Full Post

Versace for H&M Haul

This Saturday morning, I didn’t sleep in and eat breakfast in my pyjamas while watching re-runs of my favourite reality shows. Instead, I woke up at 5 a.m. in hopes of scoring some covetable pieces from Versace’s diffusion line for H&M. As per usual, I tend to go a little overboard, and walked out with a couple bags filled with goodies for myself, a couple Christmas prezzies and pieces for my fashionable little sis. I had my heart set on the leather jacket, but they were sold out in the first rotation! I got to the mall a little later, but I met Bobby Raffin who gave up his wristband to view the ladies’ collection for me! I’m so grateful because I got all the pieces I wanted! Most notably, the panther collar ($69.95).  It looks spectacular in real life with the crystal glaring red eyes and heavy chain mail.… View Full Post

Donatella Versace

Today, the Versace for H&M collection finally came out in stores! This look is classic Versace, and reminds me of Gianni’s heyday in the 1990s. I’m wearing the black medallion dress ($179).  I tried on a pile of dresses and none of them looked good.  I found the proportions to be off, and they’re not made for a woman’s body. I’m going to be honest, I’m a size 2/4, and even I found the fit of these clothes to be unflattering and hard to pull off.  They were also sized small, and many of the zippers/boning were already broken!  Just something to keep in mind, so buyer beware! I did like the way this dress in particular fit, because it has a classic silhouette and didn’t squash any of my curves! I also liked the gold button detailing, which is more subtle than the flamenco fringe and pleather on other… View Full Post

Versace for H&M

It’s official, the house of Versace will be collaborating with H&M for a capsule collection that will feature clothing and accessories for men & women, and some items for the home.  Donatella even wore one of the dresses from the collection yesterday at her men’s show in Milan. This news has me squealing like a little girl.  Donatella Versace said she will be making iconic pieces that capture the sexy spirit of the Italian fashion house.  I collect vintage Versace, and have a few amazing blouses, ties and jackets from the 80s and 90s.  This time, I will be lining up at Yorkdale on November 19 to make sure I get my hands on a few items (most notably the leather studded jacket). The menswear seems classic, with tailored tuxedo jackets, but it’s clear that the women’s line will be the most coveted.  It’s hard to tell the quality of… View Full Post