All fashion folk know that the fetish trend has been huge this autumn and winter, but I have seen relatively few people clad in PVC heel-less boots and bone-crunching corsets (thank goodness!) but leather skirts (as expertly modelled by Ashley Tisdale + Miranda Kerr) are a simple way to rock the look. However, my favourite way to add a hint-of-fetish to an outfit is studded accessories.
Of course the ultimate studded accessories hail from Hermes, but we’ve found some gems on the high street of late and River Island is obsessed with spiky shoes – v Sam Edelman-esque. Studded accessories are great for toughening up party frocks and killer spiky shoes are always a winner when teamed with black skinny jeans.
For a master class in studs and grown-up badass dressing, check out The Coveteur’s profile on Michelle Ochs. Wish I was so disciplined in my style!
We love cake, Versace and fruit (in no particular order) so it’s no surprise that we’re going crazy for H&M’s designer cruise collection.
Put the 19th of January in your diary now and expect more Versace for H&M madness, but it’s worth it for this fabulously fruity collection. I’m going to start saving now.
All images from The Telegraph (which got the first look – jealous!) Here’s out heavenly seven picks.
It can be really hard (and expensive) to shop for the girl who has everything and a penchant for designer clothing.
We’ve scoured the web to bring you 10 Christmas gifts with BIG designer names for under £50. Sure, you can gift a Chanel eye shadow for around £22, but we’re talking Stella McCartney, Versace, Anya Hindmarch bags, clothes and jewellery- names that are sure to impress any designer-junkie.
Which is your favourite?
Most gifts available from MyWardrobe and Net-a-Porter (as well as individual designers’ websites).
OMG new trend alert!
And it’s one that is right up Snap Fashion’s street…CROCODILES!
No we’re not talking crocodile handbags (exotic skins = boo!) or those spongy shoe things but crocodile prints. A couple of years back Christopher Kane had us snapping up scary crocodile dresses at Topshop and now another high fashion/high street collaboration has got us going crocodile crazy…we’re talking about Versace for H&M of course.
I can’t wait for my crocodile pleated skirt to arrive *squee* after today’s shopping trauma – I love the mix of palms and crocs and there’s a matching men’s shirt too.
And now I have another crocodile catch for my Christmas list – these adorable Prada earrings.
Are you going crocodile crazy?
We knew it was going to be crazy and we weren’t wrong! Personally I love pretty minimalist styles with the occasional colour pop or print but was a little seduced by the Versace for H&M glamour – and the quality of the products.
I really wanted the studded plain-ish black silk t-shirt and pleated skirt – also silk. Both cost just £40, which I think is great value.
But with half an hour to go until internet kick-off, the website was down or incredibly busy. I finally got in at around 5 past nine, got the t-shirt in the shopping basket *squee*, put in my deats and then there was a technical error – so annoying! However, I have just managed to check-out (perseverance pays off at last) and have even bagged a Christmas present.
Judging by Twitter a lot of people had similar experiences, which was a bit of a shame but apparently Oxford St and Regent St were just as crazy! There were police watching the queues on Regent Street and someone humorously tweeted: “Omg did you see how the men ran to and destroyed the whole of the Versace men’s collection in Westfield H&M?”
Here are some action pictures posted on Twitter at the time!
Did you get lucky – what did you buy?!
But is you did miss out we’re sure some items will appear on eBay. I’ve just checked and there aren’t any yet…but I did spot this incredible green skirt and was pretty tempted!
If you read our blog regularly (and you really should!) you’ll know that we’re developing technology to help women dress for their body shape and feel fantastic, so naturally we’re a tad disappointed when designers are against using ‘real women’ to model their clothes – after all, it’s ‘real women’ that buy them!
Rant over, New York Daily News [via The Daily Mail] has reported that Donatella Versace cancelled a shoot for her Versace for H&M collection (landing tomorrow) as the normal sized women lined up for the shoot did not fit her branding.
While it might be easy to go a little crazy over this, we wouldn’t rule out there being more to the story than size issues as shoots are shelved all the time.
The story goes that the designer didn’t approve two of the normal ‘models’ (US size zero to six so by no means big!) for the collection and an H&M PR had warned the newspaper that a ‘real woman’ shoot would probably not go-ahead.
If this is true, it would seem to be a bit of a mis-match as the whole aim of H&M’s designer collaborations is to make high fashion available to all and like any high street shops that means in a variety of sizes.
With rumours that Tom Ford is on the cards for an H&M collaboration, hopefully we’ll see more designers using ‘real women’ as models in the future.
Not a day goes by when we don’t hear some sort of excitement/hype about Versace’s collection for H&M and last night the stars were out in force at the official launch in New York.
Many of the celebs were wearing clothes from the new collection (perks eh?), with Emma Roberts and Nicky Minaj wearing daring trousers and matching tops, while Jennifer Hudson, Jessica Alba, Selma Blair and Chloe Moretz donned cute dresses. Helena Christensen and Sofia Coppola looked amazing in a simple figure-hugging black dress from the collection and Blake Lively kept her outfit monochrome- although we’re not sure if it’s Versace – it’s not H&M!
Which items do you have your eye on when the collection launches in the UK on 17th of November?
Pics: The DM.
Not content with exciting us with the Versace for H&M collection hitting the shops next month, the high street chain has taken inspiration from best-selling novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to give us a grungy collection.
Novel character Lizabeth Salander definitely counts as as an unlikely fashion icon but come December we’re sure we’ll be channelling her look with the help of Hennies.
Of course the book is due to be released as a film (again!) before Christmas starring Rooney Mara and the H&M collection is created by costume designer Trish Summerville. There are lots of leather and pleather jackets, hoodies and distressed jeans with a touch of grunge and gothic as you’d expect.
As a major grunge fan, I’m quite excited by this collection (although I wouldn’t wear everything at the same time Anna dello Russo style and look too like Lizabeth!
Of course we’ve already seen Banana Republic’s successful Mad Men collection but is there something slightly naff about dressing as a book/TV character? Or will this spawn a new fashion craze?
Harry Potter capes? Jane Austen bonnets or JD Salinger baseball caps? Alice in Wonderland dresses or Wizard of Oz slippers? (We should probably get in touch with H&M;)
We’ve talked about the Versace for H&M collection before and received mixed responses from you! To be honest, we’re very casual here at Snap Fashion HQ and leave bling to the WAGs and TOWIE, but even we’re slightly smitten with a number of items from this OTT collection.
If you’re a Versace fan you’ll want to get queuing for the launch on 17 November as it’s sure to be a sell-out. The handy thing is that Glamour has revealed the pricing so you can get saving for the big day….we just wish they would lift the lid on the accessories as we want the iconic Versace belt!
More pics of scarier pieces at Glamour!