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Fashion News: Rules for shopping the Versace for H&M collection

Versace for H&MVersace's capsule collection for H&M  -- enthusiastically reviewed by Times' fashion critic Booth Moore -- goes on sale this week: Thursday in the U.K. and Saturday in the U.S. and Canada. H&M has some rules for shoppers that should stave off the chaos that engulfed Target during its Missoni launch. The first 280 people in line to shop the women's collection will be issued bracelets giving them specific times to shop, and only 20 people will be allowed in at one time. They'll have 15 minutes to shop. After the first 280 have their chance, the doors will open to all. There are also some limits on how much a single customer can buy. In the U.S., the shopping is scheduled to start at 8 a.m.  [Fashionista]

Meanwhile, on the other end of the fashion continuum, Versace is planning to do a couture show in January, its first in eight years. [The Cut]

Alice Temperley has dressed both Middleton sisters and considers in a pleasure, as she tells “They’re the most humble, down-to-earth people I’ve ever dressed. They’re completely easy and wonderful to work with, and they look great in the clothes. They know exactly what they like.” Temperley shared her thoughts about the Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa at a party for "True British," a book in honor of the 10-year anniversary of her label. [InStyle]  

We all know some people are passionate about shoes --- and shoe sales. Those passions took a turn to violence Tuesday, when police reportedly arrested several people in an unruly crowd waiting for a  Salvatore Ferragamo sample sale in Secaucus, N.J. [Racked]

Another shoe brand people are passionate about is Jimmy Choo, and word comes this week that co-founder and chief creative officer Tamara Mellon and Chief Executive Joshua Shulman have both announced that they are leaving the company, which was purchased by luxury group Labelux this year. Mellon says she plans to start her own lifestyle brand. [WWD] (Subscription required)

Urban Outfitters Inc. (which owns Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie, among others) attributes a fourth straight quarter of losses in part to some of the products it sells. Specifically, to tops. Other items are selling fine, but tops are lagging. "We need more compelling product," company CEO Glen Senk is quoted as saying. "And we're getting it." [WWD]


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-- Susan Denley

Photo: A look from the Versace for H&M collection. Credit: Versace for H&M

Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: Justin Bieber bombs, Pippa Middleton gets a cover, and Gisele Bündchen, Cate Blanchett and Michelle Obama are named icons of American style

Princess Charlene of Monaco, who wore a sky-blue Karl Lagerfeld ensemble for her civil marriage ceremony on Friday and a Giorgio Armani Prive gown for the religious ceremony Saturday, changed into an elegant, sleeveless white gown with tiered ruffles for the evening reception. Many royals from countries around the world wore full regalia to the reception, which made supermodel Naomi Campbell's tight white dress with cutouts and feathered shoulders stand out all the more: She looked like something out of Vegas burlesque, to this observer at any rate. [FabSugar]

Apippa British-royal sister-in-law Pippa Middleton has landed the August cover of the Tatler, where she talks about having freckles (among other things). [People]

Fashion designer Hussein Chalayan opened "Fashion Narratives," a major exhibition of his work, at Paris' Musee des Arts Decoratifs. The show starts with a dress unearthed from the garden of a London vicarage. Chalayan buried it there in 1993 when he was a student at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Chalayan often mixes political commentary and artistic references into his work. And showing in an exhibition suits it well. "The mannequins allow the viewer to spend as much time as they like with the clothes," Chalayan said. "In a fashion show, we decide how long it should be." [Telegraph]

Meanwhile, Justin Bieber's February cover for Vanity Fair -- the one showing the young singer's face covered in lipstick smooch prints -- is on track to be the worst-selling issue of the magazine in 12 years. Teen Vogue and People also had below-average sales when Bieber was featued on the cover. Why? The young man can sell nail polish and fragrances, but his core fan group of young teens probably isn't as interested in reading glossy magazines. [WWD] 

Michelle Obama, Gisele Bündchen and Cate Blanchett were among women named by top designers as "icons of American style"  in an informal Vogue survey. Wait a minute. Gisele and Cate? Yup. One is Brazilian, the other Australian, but they have a certain American vibe, the designers said. Go figure. [Vogue]

Salvatore Ferragamo plans to announce a jewelry collaboration with Bulgari at a lunch on Tuesday. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Ashley Tisdale wore a Mara Hoffman striped bikini to her 26th-birthday bash on Saturday. It was a Malibu beach party, of course! [People]

A new photo book "Northern Women in Chanel" showcases an array of Chanel designs worn by top Scandinavian and Baltic models. The book is a collaboration between photographer Peter Farago and his wife, stylist Ingela Klemetz-Farago, and it's available online from Farago Publishing. [The Cut] 


Frugal Fashion: Pippa Middleton after the royal wedding

Charlene Wittstock in Armani as she weds Monaco's Prince Albert II

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-- Susan Denley

Photo: Pippa Middleton, who landed the Tatler's cover. Credit: Toby Melville / Reuters  


Milan Fashion Week: Ferragamo offers effortless luxe for a private island


If there's one thing you realize when you attend a dozen fashion shows back-to-back, it's that spring and summer can be interpreted a dozen different ways. But multiply that by four days, and you start to see some overlap in locales (the Mediterranean! the Hamptons!), in motifs (anchors! nautical stripes!) and activities (swimming! surfing!), but the collection that Ferragamo sent down the runway this season was an island of blessed solitude.


In a color palette of neutrals -- white, beige and cream -- and fabrics like silk, linen and hemp, the Ferragamo man pads around that island wearing a loose jacket belted at the waist and layered over a double-breasted blazer, or a safari jacket over a sweater, trousers either flaring generously at the ankle or held close to the leg by a single button.

Back and forth across this island he carries a faded leather bag or one of canvas, and a frayed raffia hat keeps the sun from his eyes. His clothes look lived in and sun-bleached but the blazer stays buttoned, the crocheted tie stays knotted.


He came here from the mainland in the '30s -- hence the high-waisted, pleated trousers -- and communicates back by post -- and that's only when he needs to lay in a supply of rum.  His demeanor is as relaxed and effortless as his wardrobe.

It could be the Mediterranean, or Caribbean, or even the South Pacific. He has no use for labels -- except the one he's wearing. 

On his feet are a pair of espadrille slippers he kicks off only when wading into the surf to retrieve a message in a bottle.

As the company gets ready for an IPO, the expectation might be that the brand would try harder to hammer home a point, or show an over-the-top collection, but the label just continues doing what it's always done: confidently put one well-shod foot in front of the other.

-- Adam Tschorn, reporting from Milan


Personalized footwear from Ferragamo

Milan Fashion Week: "That '70s Show"with Cavalli and Ferragamo

Ferragamo launches a line of eco-friendly men's shoes

Photos: Looks from the Ferragamo spring / summer 2012 runway collections shown during Milan Fashion Week. Credit: Vittorio Zunino Celotto /Getty Images.

Your morning fashion and beauty report: 'It's my job,' says World's Most Beautiful Woman Jennifer Lopez

-- Jennifer Lopez, World's Most Beautiful Woman on People's annual list, is indeed gorgeous, and she looks fresh and natural on the cover of the magazine. But, ladies, don't think it's as easy as it looks. Her cover shoot for the magazine involved makeup artist Mary Mitchell, hairstylist Lorenzo Martin and foundation, peach blush, brown eyeliner, powder, shimmery shadow, lip liner, lipstick, gloss, a curling iron, styling serum -- you know, the works. [People]

-- Lopez is upfront about the place of beauty in her life. "It's part of my job," she says. And we say, well done! [People]  

-- But watch out! Jennifer reveals she paints her son's toenails too. Maybe she won't get into as much trouble as J. Crew's Jenna Lyons did for a similar motherly "offense," as our Deborah Netburn reported. Then again, she uses blue paint, not the pink Lyons' son wants. [The Cut] 

-- Cinderella's glass slippers had nothing on the gold-and-diamond shoes created by British jewelry designer Christopher Michael Shellis. Conceived of as "jewelry for the feet," each pair was created by a team of goldsmiths and is made from more than 2,200 diamonds, totaling 30 carats. Only problem? So far no one has wanted to buy them at the listed price of 140,000 British pounds. That's about $228,400 at today's exchange rates. [Telegraph] 

-- First Prada and Moncler and now Salvatore Ferragamo plans to issue stock, with an IPO planned on the Italian Stock Exchange. [WWD]  

-- German apparel firm Hugo Boss is set to be the lead sponsor of the United States Pavilion at the Biennale in Venice, opening on June 4. Boss has been involved with the arts and art museums around the world for years. [WWD]  

-- Katy Perry rocks classic hairstyles from the '50s, ''70s and '80s in her new "Eras of Style" ad campaign for Ghd hairstyling tools with the seeming ease of a chameleon. Just like J. Lo above we're sure she had lots of behind-the-scenes help getting ready for the shoot with photographer David LaChapelle. But Perry was perfect for the campaign, says Ghd Chief Executive Paul Stoneham, because of her own personal style. She "completely embodies Ghd's spirit of female transformation and empowerment," he said. [StyleList]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Jennifer Lopez, People magazine's Most Beautiful Woman. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images

Personalized footwear from Ferragamo

Now that there are “glam cams” and on-the-spot descriptions of what celebrities are wearing on the red carpet, we are all aware not just of their gowns and jewels, but of their footwear too.

A popular label to traipse the red carpet at awards shows and premiers is Ferragamo. The Italian house has shod many movie stars in the past and has had a recent resurgence with celebs wearing their bags and shoes as well.

Now the brand is offering the star treatment to everyone with Red Carpet, the first made-to-order program for Ferragamo’s evening shoes.

You can score silver platforms just like J Lo’s or opt for emerald green like Eva Mendes. There are six different styles of shoe, including pumps, sandals and open toe and 23 different shades of satin. Personalize your new shoes even further by having your initials put onto them.

The custom shoe program will remain a permanent offering at Ferragamo boutiques and each season a few new styles will be added to expand the pool of made-to-order footwear.

Sounds like a good option for any brides-to-be who want their shoes to be as special and personal as possible.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photos: A selection of shoes from Ferragamo's Red Carpet custom line.  Credit: Ferragamo

Milan Fashion Week: It's easy seeing green

The glam gals of the Golden Globes weren't the only ones in the green zone this week. The runways of Milan turned out to be chock full of verdant hues too -- solid shades of bottle, hunter and emerald green at labels like Salvatore Ferragamo, Moncler Gamme Bleu and Roberto Cavalli; smart green and purple tartans at Vivienne Westwood; and light-catching Lurex V-neck pullovers at Prada.

What's behind the oasis of greenery in the midst of the Fall and Winter 2011 collections? Maybe, as the economy finally turns a corner, it's the fashion community's subconscious yearning for an altogether different sort of green -- as in cash money.

-- Adam Tschorn in Milan, Italy

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Photos: Guys in green garb were on the runway at (from left) Prada, Vivienne Westwood Man, Salvatore Ferragamo and Moncler Gamme Bleu. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson & Peter Stigter / For the Los Angeles Times



Milan Fashion Week: "That '70s Show" with Roberto Cavalli and Salvatore Ferragamo


Men's Fashion Week in Milan is only half over, and I've definitely noticed a serious '70s vibe from the get-go.

First, there was the relaunch of the Jimmy Choo men's footwear collection that had a certain '70s Mayfair playboy flair (in an earlier post, I called it "one part James Bond and two parts Austin Powers"), then Roberto Cavalli closed out Day One in a groovy mood -- filling his runway with dudes in three-piece suits, all tight jackets, broad lapels, boldly patterned shirts with necks wrapped in foulards and draped in Native American-inspired jewelry.

Day Two gave us Salvatore Ferragamo (set to a blasting "Doors" soundtrack, including some of Jim Morrison's spoken-word poetry just to set the mood) with a soft parade of cashmere overcoats, suede trousers, supple leather jackets and felted hats.

The wide shoulders, double-breasted jackets and funky details like the leather lacing at the V-neck of a ribbed knit sweater completed the 40-year rewind illusion, and by the time the model hit the runway in a green beret, green turtleneck, beige double-breasted jacket and shearling coat, it felt for all the world like it could have been a faded photo negative of the style of outfit worn by the Black Panther Party of the day.

It'll be interesting to see whether the next two days of shows here in Milan find designers mining the "Me Decade" as deeply. 

-- Adam Tschorn, reporting from Milan, Italy

Photos: The '70s aesthetic was in evidence on the runways of Milan this week, including at Roberto Cavalli, left and second from left, and Salvatore Ferragamo, right and second from right. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson & Peter Stigter / For The Times

Stylish new films to see this holiday season: 'The Tourist'

Angelina At its best, “The Tourist” recalls elegant 1950s-era Grace Kelly/Hitchcock films such as “To Catch a Thief.” At its worst, it’s reminiscent of the kind of slick perfume commercials you see on TV this time of year. But there’s no denying that the costumes, in the hands of Colleen Atwood, are resplendent.

The film follows Frank Tupelo (Johnny Depp), an American tourist in Italy caught in a web of mistaken identity and international espionage. He’s a hapless math teacher from the Midwest, and Elise Ward (Angelina Jolie) is his glamorous heroine, who first appears on screen in a camel cashmere stole, long suede gloves and a tight skirt with an orange sash in back that swishes as she walks (see left).

Jolie’s sleek look, all neutral colors and rich fabrics, was inspired by Kelly, says Atwood, as well as the fashion photographs of Richard Avedon and Louise Dahl-Wolf. The sash was pure seduction. “It reminded me of wild animals, how they have a flash of color.”


Charlesjames All of Jolie’s costumes were designed and made by hand, except for a 1950s Charles James dress (right) that Atwood found at Los Angeles vintage store Paper Bag Princess. (“I couldn’t resist,” Atwood says. "When she put it on, it fit her perfectly. I don't know if anyone else could wear it like she does.") 

ShoeThe costume designer collaborated with Salvatore Ferragamo on Jolie’s shoe wardrobe, including a pair of gold metal heels ($750) that was produced for Ferragamo boutiques.

The antique diamond choker Jolie wears with her Belle Epoque-inspired black tulle ballgown was adapted from a tiara from Robert Procop’s private collection.

A former Asprey executive, Procop has been making pieces for Jolie for years. And it was Asprey, of course, that tapped Jolie to design a line of fine jewelry last year. It should come as no surprise that there are several Asprey clutches and jewels in the film as well.

That’s synergy for you.

-- Booth Moore

Photos of Angelina Jolie in "The Tourist" are courtesy of Columbia Pictures. Photo of Ferragamo shoe is courtesy of Ferragamo.

Frugal Fashion: Anne Hathaway's classic look at a 'Love and Other Drugs' screening

Lcexqjnc It seems like actress Anne Hathaway is everywhere this year. She was recently seen on the cover of Vogue magazine, has been making public appearances galore to promote her new movie "Love & Other Drugs," and was just announced as co-host of the 83rd Academy Awards with actor James Franco. She's no stranger to the Oscars, with a nomination for playing the troubled Kym in "Rachel Getting Married" and has been in more than 15 films -- and she's only 28. Phew, just thinking about her career is making me a little fatigued, but for a busy girl, Hathaway always looks put together.

At a recent screening of "Love & Other Drugs" in NYC, Hathaway wore a tuxedo-inspired satin white shirt tucked into a long black Salvatore Ferragamo pleated skirt. I can't say if she was trying to emulate the essence of Carolina Herrera -- think Herrera backstage at a show in a crisp white shirt tucked into a long skirt -- but the simplicity of Hathaway's look perfectly channeled Herrera's signature class and distinction.

She radiates natural beauty with her silky, wavy hair, ivory skin and big brown eyes. At the premiere she kept her jewelry at a minimum, making her red lips her best accessory. Copying Hathaway's red lips are a big part of this look, but wearing uber red lipstick can be tricky so be sure to check out this week's "Your Stylist" column with Melissa Magsaysay on how to do it right.


For a shirt similar to Hathaway's you'll need a classic white or ivory blouse. Try this non-iron fitted sateen shirt from Banana Republic for $59.50 on the left. For an even more frugal aternative, get this Style&Co Rhinestone tuxedo shirt from Macy's for $24.98 on the right. Not only can you tuck these shirts into a long skirt for an evening look with heels, you can pair them with a pencil skirt or slacks for work and with denim on the weekends.


Long skirts made quite a comeback for fall. No longer just for the elderly school teacher clasping a ruler, these modern versions sit just above or on the waist and fall well below the knee in materials that range from leather to chiffon to jersey cotton. Hathaway chose a bulky pleated skirt, but for more versatility these skirts will allow you to pull off a variety of looks.  From left, the Investments long "Travel Smart" long gored skirt from Dillards for $21.60, American Apparel's Chiffon double-layered full length skirt for $58, long skirt from H&M for $19.95 and the Pleated Maxi from Topshop for around $65.

These white shirts and long skirts are super versatile and will work with a number of items you'll already have in your closet.

Happy shopping.

Have an outfit you're dying to buy, but need a frugal alternative? E-mail us a picture. We're up for the challenge.

-- Jenn Harris

Photo top: Actress Anne Hathaway arrives at a screening of her film "Love & Other Drugs"  on Nov. 24 in New York. Credit: AP Photo / Starpix, Marion Curtis.

Photo: Shirt from Banana Republic. Credit: Banana Republic.

Photo: Shirt from Macy's. Credit: Macy's.

Photo: Skirt from Dillards. Credit: Dillards.

Photo: Skirt from American Apparel. Credit: American Apparel.

Photo: Skirt from H&M. Credit: H&M.

Photo: Skirt from Topshop: Credit: Topshop.

Ferragamo launches a line of eco-friendly men's shoes

Italian luxury brand Salvatore Ferragamo is going green with its newest collection.

Ferragamo World, a line of six casual men's shoes featuring bio-friendly soles, will officially debut at an event Thursday night in New York co-hosted by Vanity Fair and John Legend -- with the collection launching in the Los Angeles Ferragamo boutique Thursday.

Priced from $275 to $340, the laid-back footwear, which was "inspired by the urban Italian traveler," features uppers made from leather and fabric, with a sole that won't be leaving a carbon footprint.

A portion of sales from the capsule collection will be donated to Acumen Fund, a nonprofit organization that addresses poverty in South Asia and East Africa through investments in business that deliver crucial goods and services to low-income families.

Best of all, you'd never know the shoes are "green." The spiffy styles, which include a red leather slip-on loafer and work-appropriate tan chukka boot, look as dapper as Ferragamo's signature fare.

--Emili Vesilind

Photos: A look from the Ferragamo World collection. Credit: Salvatore Ferragamo






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