H&M’s new eco collection features a £150 dress you could get married in

Julia Restoin Roitfeld models lacy dress, £299.99

If you’ve never managed to get your hands on one of H&M’s much-desired designer collaborations then may we alert you to one of it’s less ubiquitous and – dare we say it – more desirable capsule collections?

Every spring the Swedish retailer serves up a collection of ethically-made pieces under name Conscious Exclusive. Working with sustainable materials such as silk, hemp and recycled linen, the slightly elevated prices reflect that this range is a departure from the usual wares of the fast-fashion retailer. The inspiration comes from a different source, too. This year, H&M has sought creative stimulus from the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, and its new exhibition: Fashion Forward – 300 years of Fashion.

Julia Restoin Roitfeld models Victoriana top, £54.99 and skirt, £119.99

The design team has delved into the museum’s archives spanning three centuries and the result is like nothing else on the high street. Luxe skirts, structured tops and trompe l’oeil dresses flit from the painterly to the directional. And best of all, there’s a handful of dresses which belie their affordable roots so convincingly that we think they’re fit for a bride.

French model and art director Julia Restoin Roitfeld (and daughter of magazine editor Carine) models several wedding-worthy looks ahead of the April 7 launch. Bobo brides-to-be might be taken by the Victoriana-style ruffled maxi dress, which retails for £299.99. The style also comes in two parts with a midi skirt and long-sleeved top.

Model wears structured dress, £149.99

Then there’s a structured, waist-cinching dress with a sweetheart neckline which comes in pure white. At £149.99, that and a similar style which comes printed with an abstract pattern could make an attractive choice for a bride who wants to change into an evening dress that can be thrown into the washing machine should the dancefloor become a mucky, raucous affair.

Puffball dress, £149.99

Balmainia strikes Paris Fashion Week: Supermodels, Kanye West and a show inspired by Kim Kardashian

Karlie Kloss in the Balmain show

Olivier Rousteing’s self declared army of Balmainiacs were back in force on his catwalk this afternoon: sweeping across the impressively shiny catwalk in the reassuringly decadent Hotel Potocki were his ladies, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Lily Donaldson, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Joan Smalls and Jourdan Dunn.

Gigi Hadid did a 'hair swap' with mode friend Kendall Jenner and donned a dark brown wig

Thrillingly he foxed his audience by having Kendall and Gigi do a (wig-enabled) hair swap. There was Kris Jenner on the front row, her son-in-law, Kanye West sat beside her, Kim-less, yet cunningly clad in a grey hoodie (hood up at all times) and a pearl encrusted jacket.

In his show notes, Rousteing explained that the collection came to fruition precisely on “October 25th, in a Queens photo studio. That morning, as my team and I watched Steven Klein shoot Cindy, Claudia and Naomi for Balmain’s latest campaign, we were in awe of what was happening in front of the camera. The pose. The professionalism. And the amazing power of confident women who are aware of the singular beauty of their own bodies – and the effect they can have upon others.”

A brunette Rosie Huntington-Whiteley formed part of the model line-up

Claudia, Naomi and Cindy were not in this show, sadly, but he translated their spirit into clinging black catsuits, lampshade-shaped mini skirts, fur mini skirts (handy for those cold of bottom), strict corsets, sheer lace and ruffled all in ones (in pretty pastel pinks, mint green and soft greys) and tassel and pearl laden cocktail dresses. It was, he went on, “a celebration of the natural beauty, shape and strength of every woman.”

London model Jourdan Dunn also walked in the show

Backstage after the show, the Balmainia continued: Mr West appeared giddy, dancing and posturing, his hood still up, but his joie de vivre charmingly on show, as he held court, explaining that the collection had actually been inspired by his wife, Kim Kardashian. Her mother, Kris Jenner, flew by, blowing kisses and telling Rousteing how proud she was of him. Rousteing, by this point hot, and tired, and in need of a moment, took the air outside while his acolytes continued to expel his vision into a thousand selfies and soundbites.

 

Bollywood celebrities and their statement T-shirts

Ever tried making a statement without uttering a single word? Statement T-shirts seem to be the new weapon of choice for celebrities these days. If you have something to say, why not say it in style? Cheeky and in-your-face, this effortless and chic meets casual trend is hot on the fashion radar and being welcomed by actors. Also, it should be noted that not every T-shirt that is worn is a poignant message for the public. Some are witty puns, some sarcastic messages and some are poking fun at oneself.

We hunted down some such T-shirts spotted on celebs which spoke volumes of their state of mind.

Kareena Kapoor‘s shirt reads ‘I used to be a hippie.’ Missing the vigour and free spiritedness of a different time, maybe? Not much to fault here; she looks good.
Kareena Kapoor Khan

Gauging from Karan Johar‘s look, he doesn’t seem very keen on living upto what his shirt declares which is, ‘I feel love.’
Karan Johar

We don’t argue with Jacqueline Fernandez‘ T-shirt which says ‘I look even better in a towel.’ The black stilletos and red lips are a nice touch to an otherwise simple look.
Jacqueline Fernandez

We’re totally digging Esha Gupta‘s cheeky T-shirt and the overall look seems pretty flawless as well. She paired a sassy ‘let me ask my mom first’ top with checked pants and black boots. We like.
Esha Gupta

Ayushmann Khurrana‘s shirt says ‘I can’t stop Googling myself.’ Well that’s okay, we all have at some point. He pairs it well with black animated shoes, a cap and a pair of sunglasses.
Ayushmann Khurrana

The Best Spring 2016 Fashion Campaigns

spring 2016 advertising campaign

The designers have spoken, defining their vision for our stylish season ahead with beautiful pictures of pasta, video game characters and Karlie Kloss. Sounds like our dream Pinterest board, actually. Behold the best spring 2016 fashion campaigns released so far…

Lucky Blue Smith For Tom Ford
Tom Ford released his new campaign yesterday, featuring the piercing blue eyes of none other than Lucky Blue Smith – Instagram’s favourite male model. Posting on the brand’s official Instagram, the new images come from Tom Ford’s latest womenswear collection and also features superstar musician Lady Gaga.

 

Irina Shayk for Givenchy
The latest campaign for the Russian-born model sees her smoulder in the brand’s jeans with a gorgeous male model. Givenchy’s creative director Ricardo Tisci posted the images to his Instagram page calling Irina his ‘pinup’. See more of the photos in our gallery.

 

Bette Midler for Marc Jacobs
How cool is is that Marc Jacobs has featured 70-year-old Bette Midler in his latest campaign?  Writing on Instagram the designer credited Bette for getting him into fashion when ‘at age ten…I discovered the image drawn by Richard Amsel for her album cover, I was so instantly enamored by the silhouetted Bette in a black dress wearing platform sandals with a wedge of red curly hair that I recreated it on the back of a jean jacket with acrylic paint and embroidery floss and proudly wore it to school.’  Obviously Bette is an inspiration to many…

 


Karlie Kloss for Kurt Geiger

In the photos of the American-football-themed campaign, Karlie Kloss looks amazing – and because of her interests in keeping fit and playing sports, it seems like she’s a perfect fit for the brand too. Rebecca Farrar-Hockley, Creative Director for the brand agreed and said: ‘We wanted someone who would fit with the athleisure look for SS16 and emphasise those values in real life.’ To see more photos from the campaign check out our gallery above.

 

Zoe Kravitz and Lisa Bonet for Calvin Klein
Zoe is dominating the Spring campaigns so far. This gorgeous shot is from Calvin Klein’s 2016 Watches + Jewlery campaign and features Zoe and her stunning Mother, Lisa Bonet, strolling along a beach hand-in-hand. And don’t they just look like sisters?

 

Kate Moss And Daria Werbowy For Equipment

Ohhh it’s Mossy of vintage standards. Yes Kate and Daria are tousled beach babes in the new SS16 Equipment fashion campaign, sporting crisp cotton shirts and dewy skin to die for.

 


Zoe Kravitz and Anna Ewers
After walking the runway for Vera Wang’s Balenciaga show last year, Zoe Kravitz has seen her fashion star rise considerably, and now she looks set to officially represent the brand. The singer-actress turned model posted this very cool photo her Instagram on January 7th, revealing that she’s fronting the Balenciaga Spring Summer 2016 collection with German model Anna Ewers. We can’t wait to see the campaign shots too…

 

Karlie Kloss For Topshop
Eight years after her first modelling gig as the face of Topshop, Karlie Kloss is back and fronting the brand that kick-started her career once again. Now a fully-fledged supermodel with a growing tech empire, KK looks achingly cool in power suits, bomber jackets and minidresses alike from our high street favourite.

 

Lightning For Louis Vuitton
Yes, that’s right, Lightning. As in the animated, pink-haired Final Fantasy character. Nicolas Ghesquiere is taking his video game inspired collection to a new level with his spring campaign imagery, working with animator VW of Square Enix to render his collection onto Miss Lightning. We think she’s the star of the season. See more of the pictures in the gallery above.

 

Gucci
Since Alessandro Michele took the reigns of the heritage house at the start of last year the entire industry has been obsessed with his cast of glittery, geeky magpies. And in the spring 2016 advertising campaign, said nerds can be found hailing retro school busses, stalking abandoned car parks and hanging out by the dryers in raspberry pink bathrooms. Cool.

 

Dolce and Gabbana
Pasta, mamma, pizza and selfies. What’s not to like about the new Dolce and Gabbana campaign?! #ItaliaIsLove is the name of the series, set in a street corner café complete with fruit and veg baskets and cliché gingham table cloths.

 

Dylan Brosnan, May And Ruth Bell For Burberry
Pierce Brosnan’s 18 year-old son makes his big modelling debut for Burberry, alongside twins of the moment May and Ruth Bell. Burberry’s 90s grunge-style accessories are top of our spring 2016 trend wish list, to be worn with, well, not much else, it seems.

 

Taylor Swift’s Clothing Line Is Finally Out – But There’s A Catch

Taylor Swift

This is not a drill, guys: Taylor Swift’s fashion line is finally out – but sadly, it’s only available in China for the moment.

Taylor’s clothing line made its debut at Hong Kong Fashion Week this week, with reports saying it was quite the event.

The star herself wasn’t present, but is huge in China, where she is affectionately known as ‘Mei Mei’, so the buzz around her new venture was tangible.

As Taylor’s biggest hits, like Bad Blood, Blank Space and Shake It Off blasted from the speakers, models showed off the collection, which includes crop tops (of course), graphic T-shirts, branded jumpers, slim fit trousers and cute minidresses.

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council took to Twitter to show some of the designs on offer, including these tops branded with both Taylor’s name and also ‘Shake It Off’, and the letter-emblazoned top Taylor herself has been seen out and about in.

 

Taylor has collaborated with Nashville-based fashion company Heritage 66 to launch the line, with the clothes for sale on Chinese websites TMall and JD.com, not only to capitalise on her huge popularity in the region, but also to try to put an end to the abundance of fake Taylor Swift goods on the market.

WWD reported that the line’s sales were already booming, with Kate Liegey, chief operating officer of Heritage66, telling them she couldn’t provide sales figures but that the clothing range was seeing ‘phenomenal’ success in its first few weeks on the online stores.

‘We realized that the demand was just incredible for the store business and we decided to do this show,’ said Liegey, who also told WWD that hundreds of retailers from countries as diverse as Dubai, Uruguay and Mexico have expressed interest in selling the collection. ‘Everybody wants the product line.’

If the range ever comes to London, we’ll be stocking up on Taylor tees, that’s for sure.

Happy Birthday Monsieur Dior – Best Ever Dior Fashion Moments

Christian Dior Best Ever Fashion Moments

From corsets to full skirts to flowers, flowers, everywhere, it’s fair to say that Monsieur Dior’s influence on fashion has been fairly seismic.

 

Today is his birthday – 111 years ago, to be exact. Born in a seaside town on the Normandy coast, Monsieur Dior was in his 40s by the time he made fashion history – his modest, balding appearance (below, meeting Princess Margaret at Blenheim Palace in 1954) belied a dazzling talent for crafting exquisite clothes that ‘made women dream’.

 

Dior started sketching when he was a child and, ignoring his wealthy business-owning family’s attempts to force him into a more ‘suitable’ career, he started working at the house of Robert Piguet. After a spell of military service, he joined Lucien Lelong’s label, along with a certain Pierre Balmain.

It wasn’t until 1946 that he was approached by textile entrepreneur Marcel Boussac, who offered to back him in starting his own house. The impact on Paris fashion – and therefore the world’s – was earth-shattering.

Thumbing his nose at post-war austerity, he threw caution – and cash – to the wind and made his debut with a collection (below) he titled ‘Corolle’ (referring to flower petals). Using swathes and swathes of the richest fabrics to make huge full skirts, the models were nipped and tucked into tightly corseted, ultra-feminine silhouettes that looked back to another age.

 

The legendary editor Carmel Snow dubbed it the ‘New Look’ and women everywhere – desperate for some indulgence after the grim make-do-and-mend war period – fell for it hook, line and sinker. If they couldn’t afford the real thing (and no one could), they ran up their own DIY versions of the huge skirts – using curtains if all else failed.

 

Dior’s designs featured in films and on Hollywood starlets like Ava Gardner (below, with Dior) and Olivia de Havilland galore.

 

Marlene Dietrich, his neighbour on Avenue Montaigne, was at his first show and was a devoted fan forever after. “No Dior, no Dietrich!” was her famous quote regarding wardrobe for her films, including 1950’s Stage Fright, below

 

After Dior’s death in 1957, a nervous 21-year-old unknown from the atelier called Yves Saint Laurent was unexpectedly given the reins at the house. He caused couture chaos with his first collections, controversially putting black leather, Beatnik-inspired looks and ‘street-wear’ (well, in the Fifties sense of the word) on the catwalk. He was called up for military service in 1960 and was unceremoniously dumped while he was away. (Cue lawsuits and fashion history in the making as he went on to found his own house.)

 

Next up was a much safer pair of hands – designer Marc Bohan (below, with Britt Ekland) who was already designing for the house and went on to clock up 30 years at the helm. His chic, ladylike aesthetic was a favourite with Jackie Kennedy and Princess Grace of Monaco.

 

Italian Gianfranco Ferre replaced Bohan in 1989 and an uneventful period of low-key, client-pleasing clothes followed (as seen on Linda Evangelista in 1991, below). On his watch, the house steered between its French couture heritage and a more Italian sensibility, with a grown-up feel.

 

That all changed with the appointment of one John Galliano in 1996. Already making waves at Givenchy (owned by the same parent company), Dior’s owners thought he was ready for the big move. He virtually singlehandedly invented the modern concept of the catwalk as a stage with his spectacles – and his famous finale bow (which he took in full costume, choreographed to a tee and complete with dramatic lighting effects).

 

Egyptian pharaohs, huge exaggerated takes on the Dior heritage of historical silhouettes, supermodels galore…the shows got ever grander and crazier and the sales got ever bigger.

 

Sadly the party was brought to an abrupt end by Galliano’s headline-making fall from grace in 2011, following an alleged drunken anti-Semitic rant in a Paris bar.

Belgian minimalist Raf Simons, appointed in 2012, was the perfect antidote to all the drama. His clean, modern take on the tailoring side of the Dior heritage – including ‘Bar’ jackets reworked as dresses and tunic tops – was a breath of fresh air.

 

Simons went down a storm with critics and celebs alike. But citing ‘personal reasons’, he announced his exit from Dior last season. Who will be next in the hotseat of France’s most important fashion house? Watch this space…

Everything We Know So Far About Gigi Hadid And Tommy Hilfiger’s Fashion Collaboration

Strobing Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid has landed a cool new collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger, and the model has just given us a sneak preview of what we can expect.

We’re slightly bummed that we’re going to have to wait until Autumn for Gigi’s exciting new range with the fashion giant to come to fruition, but in true 21st century fashion, she’s giving away some of the details via Snapchat.

Gigi shared some very interesting images on the social media platform earlier this week and from what we can see, her collection with the Hilfiger brand is going to be nautical or military inspired. The pic featured a number of blue, white and red aviation-themed badges and patches shaped like stars and military awards. Upon closer inspection we can also make out the letter ‘H’ on the patches – for Hadid and Hilfiger presumably – as well as Gigi’s name on one of the badges. Oooh.

 

We’re thinking that these patches are going to have to be applied to something, so could Gigi be designing a range of bomber jackets or military coats too? She’s definitely been spotted out and about in a khaki green bomber, and her dressed-down style is pretty edgy, so really anything is possible.

The suspense is killing us but whatever the collection is set to look like, we have a feeling it’s going to be impressive. Speaking on the collab recently, Tommy Hilfiger said we could expect the designs to be inspired by Gigi’s ‘style… her sense…her social media presence as the top supermodel in the world today’ in an interview with The New York Times. Gigi had previously been set to star as the new global ambassador for the brand, but Hilfiger said it would be more exciting to have the model put her own line out. Good thinking Tommy.

Gigi also shared an Instagram shot revealing that she’s recently been on set for the brand filming a campaign shot or advert, it seems, so we know something big is around the corner…

 

Louis Vuitton Teams Up With Unicef And Honours David Beckham

Pictures from the Louis Vuitton Unicef Ball

Fashion force Louis Vuitton has teamed up with Unicef, pledging to raise funds and awareness as a partner for the children’s charity, and designing two special pieces of jewellery for fashion fans to buy.

In a double celebration, the charity and the Parisian design house also threw a ball to honour David Beckham in Los Angeles last night, awarding him with the Humanitarian Leadership prize in acknowledgement of his efforts to raise over $2.5million for Unicef’s programs. Nice work, Mr Beckham.

Selena Gomez, Mariah Carey, Nicole Kidman and Miranda Kerr all turned out to celebrate the star’s success, wearing a whole lotta custom Louis Vuitton between them. All Unicef fundraisers themselves, the guests were treated to dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel, before Mariah Carey performed three of our favourites – Always Be My Baby, We Belong Together and Hero.

 

Louis Vuitton creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere (pictured below on the night with Lea Seydoux) has designed a ‘Silver Lockit’ for his fashion followers to snap up, with £140 from each sale going directly to the charity. Proceeds from the #MakeAPromise collection, which features a necklace and a bracelet with the padlock pendent, will support children who are exposed to conflict, natural disasters and disease around the world.

‘So happy @louisvuittonand @nicolasghesquiere are partnering with @unicef’ Selena Gomez wrote on Instagram last night. ‘I’ve been an ambassador since I was 17, met Nicolas last year. SO grateful for the worlds to collide for a great cause.’

The Louis Vuitton #MakeAPromise collection is available to buy online.

6 Things You Need To Know About Fashion’s New Darling, Lily-Rose Depp

Lily-Rose Depp

Lily-Rose Depp is about to take the fashion and movie worlds by storm, spotted at all the coolest parties, in the hottest ad campaigns and, well, just hanging out with all the icons she calls family. Here’s what you need to know…

 

1. She’s The Face Of Chanel
Lily-Rose has got the ultimate seal of approval from fashion’s overlord, Karl Lagerfeld, last summer, starring in the brand’s Pearl Collection campaign. ‘Lily-Rose is stunning, she’s a young girl from a new generation with all the qualities of a star,’ says Karl. Miss Depp had been building up to her Chanel gig for months, putting in the hours by attending the brand’s New York presentation in April and gambling in Karl’s couture casino with Julianne Moore and Kristen Stewart earlier this year. We hate to say we told you so, but…

 

2. Her Parents Are Johnny Depp And Vanessa Paradis
Some people are just so genetically #blessed aren’t they? Yes Lily-Rose Depp is the daughter of the Pirates Of The Caribbean actor and the singer, model and Chanel muse Vanessa Paradis. Vanessa has collaborated with the French fashion house non-stop since 1990, so really Chanel has been in Lily-Rose’s DNA from birth.

 

3. So She’s Part Model, Part Actress
Naturally! Yes as well as following in her mother’s footsteps as a Chanel model, Lily’s also taking acting tips from her dad and is set to star in three upcoming films including Yoga Hosers (starring alongside Johnny) and Planetarium with Natalie Portman. Talk about a dream career start.

 

4. Her Personal Style Is Très, Très Chic
She was born in Paris. Her mum’s a French style icon. We only ever expected Lily-Rose to make waves as a fashionista of the future. She’s experimenting with everything from chokers and bandeaus to grungy bombers and socks ‘n sandal combos. And it all looks amazing, obviously.

 

5. She’s In A Music Video
Of course she is! She’s working it like a young Grace Kelly in Irish rapper Rejjie Snow’s video for new track All Around The World.

6. You Need To Follow Her On Instagram, Stat.
Lounging around on Coco’s couch, shopping for back to school supplies with dad Johnny… It’s ALL right here.

 

Win 1 Of 2 £250 Gift Vouchers For Fashion Brand Darling

Darling-Portrait

Want to be ahead of the fashion pack this month?

Well, you’ve come to the right place because today we’ve teamed up with fashion brand Darling to celebrate the launch of their SS16 collection and how are we celebrating? Well, we’re giving two of our lucky readers the chance to each win a £250 voucher to spend online.

Their latest collection is filled with rich colours and classic silhouettes signature to Darling, with the new season punctuated with new look styles, trend led prints and bold shapes.

Launched in 2008, Darling has fast grown to become an award winning and exciting independent global women’s clothing brands in just four years. Darling is the vision of Nadia Moraes, the London-based designer and entrepreneur who created the label. As an independent boutique owner, Nadia spent many years sourcing pieces for her shops and was inspired to launch her own collection by the lack of affordable, beautiful and stylish clothing available.

Celebrity ‘Darlings’ include Jessica Alba, Nicole Scherzinger, Rochelle Humes, Fearne Cotton and Holly Willoughby.

Want to get your hands on £250 worth of gorgeous clothes? Read on to find out how to enter today’s giveaway and head over to darlingclothes.com to see their latest collection.

Happy shopping…