Despite an unceremonious fall from grace in 1992, ’80s artist Rob Pruitt is making a name for himself once again in the contemporary art world, thanks in part to the chrome statue of Andy Warhol he erected on a high-traffic street corner in Manhattan’s Union Square last year. One would think that, with his irreverent creative sensibilities and the offhand, possibly misconstrued brand of “racism” that got him ousted from the scene in the first place, luxury fashion collaborations would be off the radar for this former wunderkind. Not so! Far from it, in fact — Pruitt has dreamed up an 18-piece collection for none other than Jimmy Choo, and God, is it hideous. Keep reading »
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It was only a matter of time before Vogue Japan editor-at-large and totally OTT fashionista Anna Dello Russo got to put her medal of approval on a line of her own, and it’s only natural that she of the outrageous fascinators and tacky-goes-high fashion opulence would cut her design teeth on — what else? — accessories. We’re pretty sure that Anna’s diehard devotion to kooky couture and right-off-the-runway looks has never led her wayward into a lowly H&M, but what does it matter when her choice to collaborate with the retailer means that we can walk in off the street and snag one of her signature gilded pieces at a reasonable price?
With 50 pieces ranging from $24.95 for pendant earrings to $299 for a formidable pair of thigh-high leather boots, they’re affordable enough that you can follow Anna’s advice to accessorize liberally or play it a little more low-key. But don’t bother to ask yourself what Anna would do — she’d pile ‘em right on, of course. Click through to check out all of the offerings, and do tell us which ones you’ll be fighting for come October 4. We’ll be picking up that peacock fascinator just to say we did. [Racked, photo via WWD]
A sign that I am not a real “fashion” person is that I do not generally like or appreciate the Italian label Marni. And if you don’t gush and die over Marni then you cannot really be considered a fashion person. I think it’s in the rule book. But that’s fine by me because I think Marni makes clothing that your sort of crazy high school art teacher would have worn, if teachers made more money. So it’s sort of shocking to me that despite disliking the incredibly expensive designer label, I am actually loving the collection Marni has put together for H&M. Best of all, almost everything is under $100, with the most expensive item, a coat, being $129. Click onward to see 30 pieces from the collection — including bracelets, necklaces, and dresses — all available March 8. [Fashionista]
A lot of celebrity collaborations are ridiculous to the point of insulting (the one by Twilight‘s Kellan Lutz springs to mind) but, if we were to imagine a celebrity-designed collection that actually made sense, Dita von Teese doing lingerie wouldn’t be far off. The burlesque superstar designed a 26 piece capsule collection for Target Australia, to hit stores early February (pre-Valentine’s Day).
The collection, Von Follies by Dita von Teese, will feature “five groups of called balconette bras, high-cut briefs, G-strings, garters, bustiers and fitted corsolettes rendered in leopard-print satin with eyelash lace detail, red satin with delicate black lace trim and black lace with intricate ribbon detailing and signature Dita blue treatments. There will also be spot-pattern mesh overlay effects on nude and black grounds, as well as sexy looking nude and black fishnet,” according to WWD. Read more…
Singer Any money Winehouse would have made will go right to her newly-established foundation. “Amy’s royalties and fees from both collections will be donated to the soon-to-be-established Amy Winehouse Foundation. Fred Perry will also make a seasonal donation to the Foundation,” said a statement from the company. Amy’s father Mitch, who just can’t keep his face out of the public eye, also released a statement on the collection. “When Fred Perry came to us to ask what we would like to do with the new collection it was natural to continue … Amy loved working on both collections, and would want them to be made available. All the money we make and the donation that Fred Perry will give will go straight into to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which we are setting up to help children and young people in her name.”
So, at least something good will come out of Winehouse’s work with Perry, and fans will get a couple of last opportunities to enjoy a piece of her creative output. [Huffington Post]
Occasionally, there are things that make you reevaluate what you’ve been doing wrong thus far in life, how you somehow have failed where others — with bigger drug problems or rattier hair — have succeeded. Amy Winehouse “designing” for Fred Perry is one of those things. Ms. Winehouse just launched her second collection for the legacy brand and it’s … actually kind of awesome. We’ve selected a few of our favorite looks — including a Hawaiian print shirt with Amy’s likeness on it — after the jump. Keep reading »
Love Karl Lagerfeld’s designs, but can’t actually afford Chanel or one of his eponymous collections? Well, you’re in luck because Uncle Karl is going to release a collection just for Macy’s. Yep, you read that right. Karl Lagerfeld plus Macy’s equals a mass collection that will include jeans, party dresses, and everything in between. The collection is slated for a 2011 release. This collaboration is quite shocking as Lagerfeld doesn’t seem like the type of person to even walk into a Macy’s. [Fashionista] Keep reading »
Derek Lam is producing an exclusive collection for eBay, and he’s giving YOU the power to decide which pieces are produced. In February, Lam will reveal his original designs at a presentation during New York Fashion Week. Then, fans and fashion enthusiasts will vote on which pieces should make it into the final collection, which will be available in spring and summer 2011 at fixed prices — so no frantic bidding! [Fashion Indie] Keep reading »
We all know the feeling of fashion obsession. And often, it comes in the form of something very, very expensive. But has the retail industry succeeded in driving our obsessions to lower-priced goods? With the wave of decent knock-off chains supplying our closets (thank you, Zara and Forever 21), and exclusive designer collaborations, are we now falling prey to a different kind of must-have mentality? This week, one shopping-crazed woman wrote in The New York Times that she’s what you might call a chaser — and a fierce one at that. Keep reading »
You know how Target tries to make its designer collaborations seem exclusive, but oftentimes only one or two pieces from a given collection are drool-worthy? Well, the super retailer is trying even harder to sell you on the idea that these collaborations offer “luxury” items at an affordable price. Target is partnering with Gilt Groupe, an online shopping site that offers discounts on designer brands, to offer the designer collections before the garments hit Target stores. Keep reading »