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

London Fashion Week: Temperley London celebrates a decade of decadence


Alice Temperley, a favorite with Kate Middleton whose name is being bandied about as a possible wedding designer for the princess-to-be, celebrated a decade in fashion with a show in the grand atrium of the British Museum.

She stuck to her signatures -- sumptuously embroidered 1920s and '30s Art Deco-inspired evening wear, but with a celebratory Venetian twist.

The best dress was a drop-waist, silver-embroidered confection with a tassel fringe skirt. Fans were a recurring motif, used in a digital print on a peach and black short twill skirt worn with a lacy, laser cut cropped black leather jacket, and on a sweeping, floor-length, champagne-colored silk evening skirt.


There was also gorgeous fan-pleating on a dramatic, one-shouldered red gown. (Seems like every designer this season has had a lady in red.) As a counterpoint, a delicate white chiffon gown was dotted with three-dimensional black flowers.

Rounding things out were several daytime options, including feminine sweaters, such as a gray cardigan with sculpted rosette sleeves, belted over black leather leggings.

-- Booth Moore in London

Temperley London fall-winter 2011 runway collection photo gallery

Photos: Looks from the Temperley London fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during London Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times

Temperley London launches a diffusion collection

Alice Temperley London is rolling with the recession. The tony British brand, designed by Alice Temperley, has debuted a lower-priced (diffusion) collection that melds the eclectic sophistication of the signature line with a High Street vibe and lower prices -- ranging from $130 to $820.

Dubbed ALICE by Temperley, the quirky-casual line, which launched for spring/summer 2010, is inspired by "the quintessential London girl." And the first offering is obviously geared toward the young.

Stand-out pieces include animal-print jumpsuits and shorts, lacey tops, denim pedal-pushers, paperbag-waist and polka-dotted short-shorts, shrunken leather biker jackets and prairie-style white eyelet dresses.

ALICE's louche feel and wearable nature make it a perfectly dialed-in addition to the modern fashion girl's wardrobe. But for a diffusion collection, the prices are still rather high. With the likes of Top Shop and H&M pedaling similar looks, I'm wondering if the customers will come running or be turned off. After all, you can buy a 3.1 Phillip Lim jacket for $500, and there's nothing diffusion-y about it. 

The new collection is currently available at Neiman Marcus and at the Temperley boutique in L.A., and online at net-a-porter.

-- Emili Vesilind

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Photos: Looks from the first ALICE by Temperley collection. Credit: Temperley London


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