Armani Prive Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 (images via vogue.com)
Two of the really, very on-point, very Armani, Japanese-inspired looks that walked down the runway in this show. I do love when Armani does Asian references because it’s just done so well. These trousers are flawless and the length of the hem at the ankle- perfect (though rather hard to wear unless one has extremely long stems). I am not one to condone the use of velvet, but this black silk velvet is done so well, cut so perfectly it’s almost feline. You can just feeeel it absorbing all the light in the room, but in a good way.
Cinched waists with belts that recall obi’s, the headdresses that are based on ikebana flower arranging, and the soft floral prints ground this firmly as an homage to Japanese costume but are not overly costume-y. They look very chic and very fresh (although if I had one critique it would be that some of the floral prints look a bit tired or cliche`). Brilliantly, Armani kept the color palette nice and tight (black, white, pink, orange). This could have ended up a big old mess in someone else’s hands (Dior, anyone?) but the Armani atelier executes this concept perfectly. A+ (and it’s not really even my taste).
Okay, so I am not in any position to judge a designer’s work (even though I am about to), and in my personal opinion, I feel that fashion is more art than anything, but Alberta Ferretti’s 2011 Fall Collection somewhat scares me. I knew that the 70’s glam thing was making it’s way back on the fashion scene, but I feel that the mixed prints within this collection could…you know what, let me shut up. Enjoy the collection readers.
As we mentioned last week, the news of a Versace for H&M collection has everyone abuzz. Can this new project allow the luxury brand – already a household name – to become more accessible to women of all income levels? Will an affordable diffusion line negatively affect Versace’s high-end reputation? We won’t know until the line launches but we are psyched for the chance to snag some budget-friendly Donatella. “I am thrilled to be collaborating with H&M and to have the opportunity of reaching its wide audience. The collection will be quintessential Versace, perfect for H&M and Versace fans everywhere,” said Ms. Versace.
The collaboration hits participating H&M stores this November. Will you buy it?
There’s something very unsettling about this saw and human teeth necklace by Triskaidephobia (which, by the way, means fear of the number 13). It reminds me of those dreadful two-hour root canal procedures, but I still want it. —jiayi