We have officially entered the realm of designer everything: Marni, the high-end Italian brand known for its offbeat prints and artsy-homely styling, has made their way into the furniture industry with a 100-piece collection of metal chairs covered by multicolored woven plastic, and they managed to do some good in the process. The fashion house designed the chairs for Salone del Mobile, a Milanese furniture fair, and worked alongside local charities to hire former Colombian prisoners to create the chairs, with the goal of helping the ex-inmates readjust to working life. The chairs were designed in order to function as props for the show, during which filmmaker Francesco Jodice will photograph employees of the brand for an exhibit. The chairs will also furnish the brand’s offices and stores around the world. They don’t exactly look like the most comfortable chairs, per se (and you can forget about taking a nap on that “sofa”), but if you must have one in your home, they’ll be available for purchase at the Marni boutique in Milan, with proceeds donated to The Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter. [Fashionologie]
The Marni for H&M launch party was attended by a who’s who of Hollywood It Girls — way more than 10, in fact. Some wore fancy-pants, high-end Marni (Dianna Agron, Lily Collins, and Rashida Jones, for example), while others wore the lower-priced line that the event was celebrating. The latter is who I focused on in this slideshow, so we could see what the items (below) actually look like on…
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]
We’ve always wanted to like Marni — the high-end, highly structured Italian designer line. But truthfully, it’s hard to imagine how to wear many of designer Consuelo Castiglioni’s boxy, somewhat masculine creations. Still, we’re curious to see how Castiglioni’s collaboration with H&M might turn out, especially because she claims, rather unconvincingly, that “everything has the same level of quality, craft and attention to detail Marni is known for.” Either way, the collab is sure to gain at least a little extra attention off the Versace x H&M collection hype. Check out a few of the upcoming looks in the video.
So it would seem that the biggest trend in retailing since the designer collaboration is the re-release. In the past few weeks we’ve heard of three major brands doing replays of past collections. Target is coming out with a “greatest hits” range from previous Go International lines while Marni and Marc by Marc Jacobs have also announced that they’ll be re-creating “vintage” styles. This can sort of be seen as a type of eBay—except the prices aren’t any lower. They’re maybe even higher. Keep reading »