Lady Gaga announced as new face of Versace Spring Summer 2014 campaign

Bearing a striking resemblance to Donatella Versace herself, Lady Gaga has just been announced as the new face of Versace’s spring/summer 2014 campaign. Image

Shot by renowned photographer duo Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, Gaga looks stunning as she casually lays across a luxurious backdrop in a set of stunning designs by the Italian fashion house. Stripping back to bare self Gaga appears with minimal make up aside from a tangerine matte lipstick and lightly dusted eye make up.

The multi-platinum selling singer is shot wearing a risqué violet bandage style dress from the forthcoming collection which is adorned with signature Versace clasps and neckpiece with matching jewels.

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In the second shot Gaga opts for a more demure looks sporting a metallic black dress with black Palazzo handbag (brand new for SS14) and strappy sandals; all cleverly shot under dramatic lighting.

Donatella and Gaga have of course remained friends since the performer borrowed archived Versace pieces to dress in for her video Edge of Glory, and has most recently titled a track on her new Artpop album Donatella – after the designer herself.

Speaking about the new collaboration Donatella commented: “I am honoured that my friend Lady Gaga is the face of our new Versace campaign. I wanted to capture her true beauty and spirit in images that are elegant and alluring. She is like family to me, the embodiment of the Versace DNA.”

And the brand clearly has done that. I can’t wait to see the next instalment of images….

Milan Fashion Week: Versace autumn/winter 2012/13 collection

For spring/summer 2012 Donatella Versace (in my eyes) can do no wrong. I was mesmerised by her brilliant aquatic ‘under the water’ theme and hypnotised by beautiful brights, sea prints and sheer pieces.

VERSACE AUTUMN/WINTER 2012/13 COLLECTION

VERSACE AUTUMN/WINTER 2012/13 COLLECTION

For autumn/winter 2012/13 however the designer has decided to switch t0 goth glam. Models skulked down the runway in velvet, stark black clothing with embossed crucifixes, studs and leather materials whilst fishnet thigh-high and knee-high boots (in the same style as tights) came with a whole new seam down the front of the leg.

Donatella threw caution to the wind as she noted that her collection was “a sexy rock vibe against a backdrop of dark seduction”. She wasn’t wrong as this is what I imagine women wearing if we were all were cast in a role as sexy seductresses in Blade Trinity.

Sequin jumpers, leather skirts and dresses and velvet concoctions all embossed or hand printed into the clothing. There was also a selection of chain mail, biker jackets and alligator coats with fringing fur on the shoulders and arms, with dashes of sunshine yellow, bright orange and neutral tones; some pieces were even stitched to produce a Frankenstein effect on dresses. However, the real predator of the night will be the woman adorning these sexy pieces come autumn…

David Beckham hits fever pitch for H&M

Aside for the designer collaborations at H&M (think Versace, Marni et al) I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed a fashion frenzy like this before (correct me if I’m wrong!). Today, after a hugely long anticipated wait, this clever marketing team at high street fav H&M have placed an array of oversized shopping bags at a handful of locations across London bearing David Beckhams body before his underwear launch hits stores tomorrow morning.

The bag locations include London Bridge, Covent Garden, Pottersfield and both Westfield shopping centres. The clever Sweedish brand have also leaked another marketing tool via YouTube which shows a video of Beckham in his own designs. This is set to be released on Sunday February 5, during the second quarter of the NFL Super Bowl championship final and in the U.K. during the live Manchester United vs Chelsea match.

The black and white 30-second film-noir style advert encases the footballer to the sound of Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood by The Animals.

Beckham has commented on his enthusiasm stating that: “I’m excited about my Bodywear ad featuring in this year’s Super Bowl.

“My design team and I spent 18 months developing the collection, it’s been a fantastic collaborative experience, and I’m very happy with the end result.

“Like every fan, I’m looking forward to Super Bowl Sunday.”

We can’t wait either…

Atelier Versace opens Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week 2012

This luxurious Italian brand has not shown in Paris since 2004 and yesterday, as editors from around the globe disembarked upon Paris, Atlelier Versace was re-born to show their latest collection at Haute Couture Fashion Week.

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Showing their spring/summer 2012 range under a scrutiny of famous faces which included U.S. Vogue Editor Anna Wintour, actresses Cameron Diaz, Diane Kruger and Abbie Cornish designer Donatella Versace looked on calmly as a cascade of warrior style women approached the catwalk. To start Versace teamed sci-fi style biker jackets covered in lace and lined panels with matching hot pants; both adorning gold metal trims and complete with thigh-high lace boots (or what seemed to be a mixture of lace half cut stocking over fabulous high heeled courts). This then ensued with almost felt style bodices in bright sunshine yellow; again with futuristic designs and tailoring.

The designs then proceeded onto a selection of short cocktail dresses with ruffled peplum waists and brocade materials in gold, glacier blue and greys all encased with intricate beading, sequins and detailing that would not have looked out of place on Xena: Warrior Princess.

For eveningwear Versace slightly toned it down in a palette of pillar box red, lime green, orange and cream hues on a selection of full-length gowns, again all in a complex mix of high-tech and sophisticated designs which had clearly taken months to assemble by hand.

Hair stood its own ground with on-trend scraped back high ponytails and powerful dark sultry eyes complete with nude lips. Donatella was a woman on a mission and judging by her designs she had clearly won the battle with haute couture.

How to buy Spring/Summer 2012 trends from the sales

My favourite thing in the world, apart from good food and drink, is shopping. So it comes as no surprise that I have eyed a fabulous array of clothing in the January sales that are simply must-have pieces. However, if you are a savvy sale shopper then you will know that it’s all about wading through the re-hashed seasonal stuff (yes all shops end up cracking out items that are 4/5 seasons old amidst the new) to find those few ‘gold-dust’ classic pieces that will last you the test of time i.e. a classic shift dress, smart blazer and your favourite skinny jeans. Aside from this if you are really clever and fashion forward then you will spot those rare items that you know are perfect for the season ahead.

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Mine has come in the form of a skirt courtesy of designer Emma Cook from Cocosa.com. This silk layered skirt in black and white comes with remnants of sea shells and bubbles; perfect for the aquatic theme which swept through the majority of shows last September for Spring/Summer 2012 and which was seen at Holly Fulton, Mary Katrantzou, Versace, Chanel and Alexander McQueen amongst others.

Alongside this was a flurry of deep blue hues from midnight to sapphire and beyond as shown at Armani, Yves Saint Laurent and Victoria Beckham. If you are keen on keeping a demure profile opt for these shades in a silk, satin or lace tops, skirts and dresses which which should flow perfectly as you walk through the office or as you hit the dance floor on a night out. My favourite is a Notte by Marchesa evening dress from Net-a-porter.com reduced from £575 to £287.50.

Lastly the spring/summer 2012 catwalks were full, as you would imagine, of clashing prints, lace and exploding floral content. You can find these sorts of prints and materials everywhere so try not to be a wall flower and opt for an exciting new print that flatters your shape and complexion. Start by looking through high street stores such as Topshop, Dorothy Perkins and Zara, but if you want to splurge then head to TheOutnet.com for some series retail therapy and purchase something like this fabulous Aztec inspired print top from Diane von Furstenberg (was £445 now £178).

H&M launch capsule collection straight after Versace collaboration

H&M must be ready with all hands on deck as not only are their doors about to open tomorrow morning to crowds of fans (most of them who are probably queuing now outside the store) waiting to purchase the latest collaboration with the Italian design house Versace, they have also cleverly designed an even more exclusive capsule collection which will be sold solely in their Selfridges store from next week.

Coat £79.99 for H&M by Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou

Guest curated by Sophia Neophitou- Apostolou, Editor in Chief of 10 magazine, the minimalist collection hosts an array of silhouette inspired pieces which include a cream leather panel dress, a black leather pencil skirt, cream belted coat and accessories such as a snakeskin print cuff bracelet and bag and a modern court shoe with a snake heel.

Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou has noted that: “the pieces that I have selected for H&M Selfridges focus on staples that have a classic, modern, minimalist feel, strong architectural shapes and really simple clothes to build a wardrobe that doesn’t wear you. I have kept the colours very simple, black, white and cream with some hints of snake, gold and brown for the accessories.

“My favourite pieces are the cream wool coat with gold belt detail, black leather pencil skirt, the black clutch and the great pair of heels with snake-skin detailing.”

The colour palette for this ladies wear collection is black, white and cream and fabrics include silk, wool and leather which is perfect for a contemporary wardrobe that can be styled for both day and evening wear.

The collection is available in H&M Selfridges from 24th November 2011.

 

Paris Fashion Week: Chanel Spring/Summer 2012 review

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It seems that ‘under the sea’ is a re-occurring theme for next season and apart from similar showings at Holly Fulton, Mary Katrantzou, Versace and Givenchy, it now seems that Karl Lagerfeld has got in on the act for Chanel too. 

As always Chanel’s collection was held at the Grand Palais with a bleached white set decorated with oversized shells, sea horses and sea weed – which were positioned to climb up the huge glistening curtain that was containing it all. 

Clearly money being no object, for his spring/summer 2012 Chanel collection, Lagerfeld turned to the ocean for inspiration and brought a new lease of life towards a futuristic style mermaid. Models wore pleated organza tops with PVC style trousers alongside PVC suits, however this quickly changed to more transcendent pearly hues with the iconic Chanel tweed suits, jackets and cardigans being emblazoned in pearls and translucent sequins which shimmered a sea green colour in the light. 

Accessory wise Chanel brought new pearl encrusted hand-held clutch bag on to the floor – a desirable hit no doubt for next summer - as well as flat silver pointed shoe boots and signature double ‘C’ logo pearl pendants; strings of pearls were also added to models waists to create belts. 

Jellyfish style skirts in mint and pale pink conjured up sea-like movements in tulle and lace as the models walked down the catwalk and were teamed with tiered chiffon vests; these were also worn with athletic shorts. Swimwear was starch white in full body swimming suits and structured bikinis; Lagerfeld also added in a clear and navy PVC option complete with matching rain coat perhaps for the glamping festival type in us. Silver lame skirts with drawstring waists and dropped hems with ostrich feathers were also apparent.

Lagerfeld left no stone or coral patch unturned as he added scale printed dresses in cream and pink tones to the show, making next season all very chic and all very Chanel indeed. 

Susan Caplan Vintage Collection launches online

Susan Caplan is amazing; and if you don’t have a clue who she is then shame on you!

Susan Caplan E-commerce siteHer beautiful vintage jewellery collection came to me via a friend at the BBC who was rivaling at how fabulous the collection was; and she was right. Susan has scoured the earth looking for precious vintage offerings that include Versace, Chanel and Dior to name a few: mainly all bespoke, this collection is the most diverse I’ve ever seen, offering consumers the chance to purchase not only a piece of history, but an exquisite piece of jewellery to boot that can be treasured for years to come.

Her e-commerce store was launched last Thursday, and offers a dazzling collection of bracelets, earrings, necklaces and more for every price point you can imagine. You can treat yourself to vintage rings from as little as £16, or get a loved one to treat you to a more designer pieces with a heftier price tag.

Celebs such as Tess Daly, Jessica Moor, Amanda Holden, Jessie J, Daisy Lowe, and Nicola Roberts have all worn SCVC and now a new celeb fan club are following.

Online you can purchase via product, collections, designers or tone and  with one of the largest ranges of vintage jewellery in the UK, there’s something for everyone. You can also purchase her pieces in store at Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges.

For more information or to log on, simply go to www.susancaplan.co.uk

Milan Fashion Week: quick overview

As I am really behind with my blogging (apologies on that) then I thought it would be a lot easier to do a mini round-up of shows for my loyal Twitterati and blog-followers to get back on track, as Marni and Brioni already look like they were rocking today at Milan Fashion Week. So, here’s the latest over the past few days…

Prada

Even though the show started an hour late (due to some last-minute changes backstage) Miuccia Prada showed off a fabulous collection working in references to the 1920s and 1960s.

The main style of the day was snakeskin, worked into knee-high boots and oversized coats in a selection of mustard, teal black and grey – complete with fur collars on the lapels.

The 60s shift dress made a huge appearance changing from clashing patterns – horizontal, vertical stripes and oversized checks – to an array of colours all faded from top to bottom; the dresses were coated in semi-circle plastic pieces, creating a rainbow effect, and all came with a standard polo-shirt collar with 3 large plastic buttons.

Bags were incorporated into the show but models kept them so tightly clung to their chest you would have thought someone was going to jump on stage and steal them from their grip (well, I am sure some contemplated it!).

Models make up was bare and minimal: no lipstick was used only blush at the last-minute to compliment the fresh skin and brown/rose cream eyeshadow that was created just for this show. Hair was kept whimsical and swept up into a low slung pony with small pieces pulled down around the side of the face.

Perfectly polished; perfectly Prada.

Moschino

It was all aboard the ‘fashion train’ for Moschino at their autumn/winter 2011 collection during Milan Fashion Week on Friday afternoon.

Models took on a new role as station conductors in an array of captains caps and coats; smartly polished with gold buttons, brooches and gold stacked bangles – which looked like they were attached to the cuff of the jackets.

Apart from the gold hoops and starch white gloves the models adorned, the Moschino team turned day wear to evening wear by adding luxurious white and black tuxedos, with different coloured lapels, and satin cummerbunds in black, white and fuchsia pink.

Bib fronted dresses followed with a selection of gold lamé pleated midi skirts, dresses and suits. The colour palette ranged from cream, golds, black, navy, and white to red.

Model Coco Rocha ended the show with a large cockerel on her head. Fun and frivolous – this was Moschino at best. Now, if only Southern drivers could adorn this outfit at Victoria station- we’d have a fashion frenzy en-route to work…

Gianfranco Ferre

Usually slightly avante-guarde, Gianfranco Ferre - along with designers Thomas Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi, took his collection down a scale this season showing more classic monochrome lines and colourings.

Still sleek and chic the luxurious looking collection envisioned a modern woman whose working wardrobe was elegant, on-trend and expensive. Staple pieces included midi-length double-breasted coats, silver lamé dresses, skinny trousers, navy skirts suits and fur coats in nude, creams and gold.

Versace

Donatella Versace must be as happy as a woman with new Louboutin’s after  her autumn/winter 2011 collection for her family fashion house showed.

From Moschino stepping up the fashion fun, Versace took the same approach creating a collection based around fleur-de-lis swirls and tulip flowers which covered an array of dresses in a mint, yellow, purple and monochrome tones.

LBD’s were big on the catwalk, shown in a selection of styles, and all either adorning the signature floral print or large polished gold buttons which sat cleverly on either the hip or shoulder/neck line creating a sophisticated look. Dresses had huge panels cut out from the neckline or shoulders and were teamed with peep-toe stiletto calf boots.

Versace also incorporated leather snake style panels into evening gowns which zig-zagged up the centre of the dress. Leather was also used to create cropped jackets with matching skirts and Gestapo style mac’s.

The colour palette ranged from mint, purple, navy, black, white and teal to yellow, and showed off marabou feather evening gowns.

The highlights included a red floral swirled coat with cinched waist in velvet, and fur-style snoods in an assortment of colours.

Fun and funky, a great new approach from Versace.