A few days ago you read my gushing post on meeting Dutch designers (aka: my fashion heroes) Viktor & Rolf but leading up to the momentous encounter I was wrought with what to wear, it’s the typical fashion girl problem when important events draw near.
They say that the greatest compliment you can give to a designer is to wear one of their creations; however, what if said designer’s clothes cost no less than $500+ for something like a shirt? Prices like this is enough to make you put that credit card back into your wallet and empty your online shopping cart in a heart beat. Eek!
So what does one do when you’re on a budget? Improvise! I immediately revisited the designers’ spring/summer 2013 ready-to-wear collection for inspiration. It’s largely a monochromatic colour palette focusing on sophisticated glamour and soft silhouettes; floor length pleated skirts and gowns in black and white with accents of silver lamé, and minimal accessories.
What did my ensemble look like from head to toe? How did I wow Viktor & Rolf to receive compliments from them? I dug into my closet and pulled out a pair of pleated palazzo pants from H&M (purchased last year), and a white silk shirt gifted by Everlane. A Marni x H&M necklace and clutch from Ghana added contrasting colours and interest to the all white ensemble.
My style tip: when in doubt seek style inspiration from your favourite designer’s collections, then get creative and recreate the look from your own closet. You may surprise yourself with the outcome, I know I did.
One upon a time, in 1974, a little shop opened in the street of downtown Galicia, Spain. That shop was called Zara where shopaholics and trend seekers from across the city flocked to buy affordable clothes that captured the latest fashions, it was a success. Soon after other Zara stores opened throughout Spain followed by Portugal, France, the U.S. and finally in the great white north (aka: Canada) in 1992.
No long after its international store expansion Zara went the way of the World Wide Web launching in countries like Japan (2011), China (2012) and last month in Canada. Hashtag #DearCanada.
I had the fortunate chance to shop Zara.com before it went live to the public and boy did I have a field day. Similar to a Zara store the online shop has just as much selection, but I found it easier to navigate and browse through without feeling as if I’ve entered an endless shopping marathon.
It only took me three days and over nine hours total to finally decide on what to buy from Zara.com; the down side of having so many clothing options while shopping from the comfort of your home is paralysis by choice. My order was over $50 which meant I qualified for free shipping to my doorstep. Sweet!
I bought three things from Zara.com but out of them these handkerchief printed trousers are my favourite. The various colours, pattern and wide-leg design make it such a versatile piece that it can go with anything from my wardrobe. Thank you Zara and let the online shopping adventures begin!
Winter weddings… I’ve never attended one until recently and like any sensible fashion obsessed person I went into panic mode because I had nothing to wear to the nuptials. Eek! Sleeveless dresses and pants were out of the question and anything above knee would cause my body to go into sudden hypothermia – having your lips turn blue at a wedding is not such a good idea.
With only a short period of time to find a floor length frock with long sleeves I prepared myself for mission impossible and hours of shopping to find ‘the dress’. However, as luck would have it I found one by Greta Constantine Primer inside the White Space at The Bay Queen Street. The not-so-little black dress is from the brand’s fall/winter 2012 collection and met all of my prerequisites, it’s the perfect winter dress for a formal occasion.
I paired the figure-hugging gown with statement jewellery from Anna Dello Russo x H&M collection and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to show you the end result.
Ta-da! What do you think? The picture was taken on the day of the wedding, hours after a snow storm blanketed the city with 20+ cm of the powdery stuff. It was pretty cold outside without a coat on as I smiled for the camera, but I’ll do just about anything in the name of fashion.
In the summer time and when I’m on a beach vacation I live out of maxi dresses, they are the most comfortable, packable and versatile pieces of clothing to wear; you can layer a sweater or shawl over top, or accessorize it with a big floppy hat.
You first saw me wearing this maxi dress a few days ago, I traversed around the Florida Keys wearing this blue number from H&M more times I should admit; on the drive down to the Keys, on the beach, shopping on Duval Street and everywhere else in between. Long live the maxi dress!
According to Fashionista.com, “The collection is a re-edition of iconic MMM pieces over the last 23 years since the house’s founding. Each item will have a tag to indicate the season from which it originated. According to a press release, H&M sought to reproduce the most ‘representative’ pieces of the Margiela archive–at H&M price points, of course.”
To add, this is not a small capsule collection as I originally stated, the MMM x H&M collaboration consists of 104 pieces which include women’s and men’s wear, accessories and footwear – yay for shoes and 104 pieces of clothing!
There are so many pieces in the MMM x H&M collection that I’m coveting; in addition to the black sequin pants, I have my eyes on a pair of knee-high boots with an invisible wedge, several of the dresses and the glove handbags.
We’re just under a month away until the collection hits stores on November 15th, so get ready and save up. Unfortunately, for me, just when I thought it was safe to put away my credit card another fabulous design collaboration has stripped me of my will to abstain from shopping. What’s a girl to do?
Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Lookbook, Ladies Wear
Coming off the heels of their lavish accessories collaboration with style icon and Fashion Director Anna Dello Russo, H&M’s next design partnership involves Belgian house Maison Martin Margiela, who is charged with creating a small capsule collection of clothes for men and women.
I last wrote about this upcoming collaboration here, but just the other week images of the collection’s ad campaign, shot by Sam Taylor-Johnson, appeared in ELLE China’s November 2012 issue and flooded the Internet giving fashion addicts around the world a preview of what’s to come, in addition to the collection’s pricing structure.
I can’t wait for H&M to release additional images of the entire collection, I already have my eyes on the black sequin pants in the first image of this post, so you better look out because I’ll be the first one in line at the store to pick these babies up, all bets are off when it comes to vying for coveted fashion pieces.
Make sure to mark November 15th in your calendar and get your hands on H&M’s next design collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela.
Just a few moments after I published this blog entry H&M sent out a press release to the media today confirming their latest design collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela. The collection will consist of men’s and women’s accessories and clothing, and according to H&M’s Creative Advisor, Margareta van den Bosch “this collaboration will be a great and memorable fashion moment” – oh the suspense!
The fashion house stated “We are very happy to present MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA pieces with H&M, to offer 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 everyone.”
The collection will be conceptual and provide timeless style available in stores worldwide on November 15, 2012 – make sure to pen and highlight this date in your calendar! In the meantime, I’ll let the following videos build the anticipation.
Maison Martin Margiela’s fall/winter 2012 collection
It only takes one article published on WWD to set the fashion world on fire with the latest industry buzz; whether it be the latest looks to come off the runway or some titillating news about the legal or financial woes of a designer. This time the fashion bible of news stated in an article yesterday that “according to market sources” H&M is in talks with Maison Martin Margiela to collaborate with on its next designer collection.
Notoriously elusive, Martin Margiela heads the brand known for its avant-garde and sometimes extreme designs, pushing the boundaries of fashion to the edge with clothes made from trash bags or jewellery composed of ice cubes; in recent seasons the house has softened its approach presenting more palatable yet still edgy looks.
Collaborating with Maison Martin Margiela would add spice to the lineup of fashion houses the mass retailer has worked with in the past such as Matthew Williamson, Lavin and Marni. I’m hoping for clothes that are fashion forward, sky-high heels and fair prices – you?
H&M has always been a great place to get inexpensive and fare quality clothing, and accessories for the office, casual outings and every other occasion you can think of. It is virtually impossible to leave H&M stores without buying at least one item whether you really need it or not. And you keep going back for more despite all good intentions to stay away; it’s like crack for shopaholics!
Missing though from H&M’s stock is a regular supply of dresses and gowns suitable for more formal occasions. However, just a short while ago, the mass retailer announced the launch of its Exclusive Conscious collection celebrating glamour and red carpet style.
The images released for this new collection had my mouth gaping opening and my credit card ready to grow legs and take-off for the nearest store. I’m floored at the styles and designs appearing in the Exclusive Conscious collection; a beaded yellow maxi dress, an off-white gown with organza crease plissé meringue skirt and my absolute favourite, a purple polyester crepe dress with removable skirt – I NEED THIS! Please notice the use of caps lock and bolded text to emphasize my obsession over this piece.
The best part of the entire Exclusive Conscious collection is that all pieces are made from sustainable materials like organic cotton and hemp, and recycled polyester – fashionably environmental.
Celebrities like Amanda Seyfried, Kristin Davis and Viola Davis, to name a few, have already been seen sporting pieces from this collection on the red carpet and out-and-about in Hollywood.
The Exclusive Conscious collection will be available starting on April 12th in 100 select H&M stores worldwide, as well as online.
P.S: H&M you better look out, I’m coming for that purple dress – IT WILL BE MINE (insert sound of evil laugh)!
As you can probably tell from the last, oh say four to five blogs entries that Toronto Fashion Week has taken over my fair city. Actually, Toronto Fashion Week ended on Friday and I’m in the midst of finishing off reviews of the shows that I attended. It’s not always easy to keep up with posting timely reviews of the designers’ collections during this time of the year; I work an office job during the day and fashion blogging is a passion of mine which happens after hours.
To give you a mini break from the fashion week extravaganza, I thought it would be nice to take advantage of the great weather Toronto is having and take a few pictures for this outfit post, something I haven’t done in a while.
Prints and printed pants are a big trend this season and it’s difficult to: a) get into the print trend if you’re not used to wearing it, b) find a pair of printed pants that you like and c) find a pair of printed pants that is budget friendly and under $100.
I saw these printed pants in a spring lookbook the H&M Canada team sent around a while ago and instantly took a fancy to them, especially their $14.95 price tag. Yes, these pants cost $14.95! So I bought them and paired it with a clutch from OBJECT x George Antonopoulos collection gifted by Danier.
In my closet: clutch, OBJECT x George Antonopoulos for Danier (gifted); jacket, Danier; shoes, Jil Sander; sweater and pants, H&M.