Just when we think the excitement is over with Versace for H&M and we can all go back to the norm... H&M have just announced their next designer collaboration is with Italian brand : Marni! Eeeek!!! As the brand famed for it's original prints and inventive spirit, Marni is one of fashion's most-loved labels... a brand with a fan-base from fashion editors, to creative insiders!
Consuelo Castiglioni, Founder and Creative Director of the Italian Fashion house, has created a Spring Collection for H&M for both Men and Women, available from 8th March 2012. The collection is set to feature both clothing and accessories all at H&M's prices, and captures the essence of Marni, meaning anyone can enter Marni's world at a cut of the price! Not only will the collection be available in around 260 stores worldwide, it will also be available online. Marni is known to be a label that sticks to its own path, setting its own trends for print, cut and silhouette that are always playful and elegant.
“I wanted to create a true Marni wardrobe by revisiting all our favorite pieces in signature fabrics and prints. As always, I love juxtaposing prints and colours, mixing modern tribal with Bauhaus graphic adding sporty utilitarian elements”. Consuelo Castiglioni, Founder and Creative Director.
“We all love the collection here at H&M and we believe that our customers will too. Marni has such a modern touch with everything they do, mixing prints and accessories in a playful but chic way. It’s fantastic to see how Consuelo Castiglioni coordinates her designs, matching new combinations of print and colour, with such incredible craftsmanship behind every piece. The collection will arrive in stores at just the perfect time, as a lovely statement for spring“. Margareta van den Bosch, Creative Advisor H&M.
The collection features all-over strong prints that are intended to be worn together in layers to match and clash, keeping the freedom and experimentation for which the label is renowned for intact. The Women's collection is set to include vivid colourways and bold striking prints - whether it be African ispired or colour blocking, as well as full pleated skirts, cropped trousers, dresses, shoes, jewellery, scarves and bags! Looks like you'll have to start planning queing tactics early for this one ladies...!
To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of cult celeb-favourite product, Glam Balm, Rodialinvited industry insiders to a glam evening of cocktails at the W Hotel, London to celebrate the launch of their three brand new skincare must-haves! We got to meet the gorgeous founder Maria Hatzistefanis whilst exploring the new products on offer and we got a sneak peak at the new Life & Style Holiday 2011 gift range too!
First up were the three new skin must-haves that are set to be a sell-out. The fabulous Glam Balm is now available in three amazing extensions: Glam Balm Hand, Glam Balm Lip, and Glam Balm Multi. Each product does what the original Glam Balm does best, on that specific area. I tried the Glam Balm Hand which worked as a luxurious moisturiser that instantly left my hands feeling like velvet and worked to minimise the signs of ageing. I found it to be ultra-brightening to the skin on my hands and it left them looking and feeling really smooth! The Glam Balm Hand is £39.00 and available to buy now online.
The fabulous girls at Rodial gave me my very own Glam Balm Multi to take home and try which I've been trying out for the last two weeks on different occasions. Let me tell you... this is a wonder balm! It's actually taken over the famous 8-hour cream for me and it has about 100 different uses! The Glam Balm Multi is an intensive balm with 3D Hyaluronic filling spheres to instantly hydrate skin to give a smooth finish and fill fine lines and wrinkles, whilst Calendula, Shea Butter and Vitamin E soothe and restore moisture to promote elasticity. Once I've taken my make-up off and washed my face at night, I've been applying this as a concentrated moisturiser before going to sleep and it's worked as a lip balm, eye cream and moisturiser all-in-one! I've woken up to find my skin looking moisturised, plump, smooth and fresh and when I've had a day off to myself to relax at home, I'll apply it as an instant super-boost. Not only does it work wonders on the face, under-eyes, lips and hands, it's really fantastic on dry areas such as the elbows and knees and is a brilliant glossy sheen for the legs and arms!
I didn't manage to try the Glam Lips but I will certainly keep you posted - it's sure to be a massive sell-out and has recently launched priced at £19.00. What's great about these products is that it really does feel like you're applying a luxury product and the packaging is a luxe treat for your handbag too!
The new Holiday 2011 sets provide three unique bath-time experiences:LOUNGE,REHAB & SOCIALITE,which include gorgeous scented candles, body souffles and bathing balms. Each range includes three luxe products to leave you feeling fabulous...
Lounge: Infused with Honeycomb and Vanilla, to help you feel relaxed, calm and utterly pampered.
Rehab: Delicately scented with Honey Milk and Roasted Almond, these skincare saviours will help you to feel recharged and de-stressed after a busy day.
Socialite: Scented with Pink Champagne and Cassis for a truly energising experience that helps you to get party-ready the luxurious way!
I was kindly gifted the Rehab Body Souffle to take home and try and it's left me pleasantly surprised that's for sure! When I opened the box I instantly felt relaxed from the gorgeous scent - and over the last few days I've felt no need to apply any perfume as the first day I tried it, I had complements and questions about which parfum I was wearing on 4 different occasions - 3 of which were at work and one being a close friend!
Without sounding... silly... this body souffle makes me feel really good about myself and rather special. Not only is my skin left super soft all day, it leaves me with a rather indulgent dreamy feeling and is absorbed by the skin really quickly - with no heaviness or greasiness left on my limbs! The scent is just divine too - I cannot wait to try the Candle and Bathing Balm although I'm also wanting to try the Socialite and Lounge range too... it all sounds too good!!!
I don't usually want beauty/bathtime treats for Christmas but I might add a few of these to my Christmas wish-list... after all, they are the perfect size for stocking fillers...!
So John Gallianohas launched his first online store, with key pieces from the Galliano Autumn 11/12 RTW and Accessories collections for Men and Women and a complete range of Galliano favourites and signature pieces ready to purchase! My favourite piece is thePied de Poule Printed Silk Chiffon Shirt that screams sophistication with a hint of Gaga... and I've just ordered it! What's better is that the site ships internationally... so Happy Galliano Shopping Darlings !! xx
Although I love late Winter as I get to wear my furs and embellished pieces to their full extent, I can't help but be excited (already) by Summer 2012! It's not just all the SS'12 Press Preview days I've recently attended, but more so a particular website 'Beach Tomato' that I've found somewhat of a visual Summer delight!
From the best Beaches in the World, to Swimwear Fashion, Summer Beauty and Holiday destinations... it's an online magazine dedicated to Beachside retreats and Summer (not just your average British Summer... I'm talking international exotic HEAT!) and it's got me hooked!
A striking and rather magical cover lensed by Camilla Akrans! Aline Weber lets her eyes do the talking on the cover of Numero #128 the November 2011 Issue. She's managed to capture a dangerous innocence that certainly lures the eyes in!
As we're well under-way with AW11 fashion, there's one brand that's really caught my eye...Luisa Cerano's AW'11 Collection cuts a cool, style-forward, sophisticated look for the modern woman. I'm loving the versatile pieces that lend a directional edge to any wardrobe, and exude feminine elegance with on trend detailing!
In particular, the Aviator details and Military detailing are my favourite elements fused to form a new modern urban look. There's Dark Winter Navy and Flannel Grey combined with cool Blues and Pure Winter White with structured silhouettes trimmed with luxurious fur details - this is a German Luxury Fashion brand with an edge... and I love the campaign images with a pop of colour on the eyelids!
Parisian department store Printemps have showcased a fantastic window for Christmas designed by Karl Lagerfeld himself! And what a window... an Eiffel Tower, a twenty foot Tree... it's full of Parisian chic and mini Unkle Karls everywhere! There's Photographer Karl, Designer Karl, Creative Karl, and a Karl that likes to climb the Eiffel Tower by the looks of it... I lovelovelove!
As the days roll by we're slowly approaching the big Versace for H&M drop and it's probably the first time that I can actually say I CANNOT wait to wake up at 4am and que up to get my hands on that studded dress and that leather jacket... eeek the excitement is killing me!
To add to the excitement, Donatella Versace and H&M celebrated the launch of Versace for H&M in New York in a specially designed building on the Hudson River, with a stunning catwalk and a host of stars including Jessica Alba, Chase Crawford, Uma Thurman and Selma Blair (with most dressed in, you guessed it, Versace for H&M). There were even a few iconic pieces created just for the exclusive runway show - with top models of course (well we are talking Versace Darlings), Abbey Lee Kershaw, Natasha Poly and Lindsey Wixson to name a few and performances by Prince and Nicki Minaj! Just take a look at the fashion show...
Anyone that reads this often will know a I'm a huge fan of the Olsen Twins. For me these young ladies are the epitome of style and here they prove just how stylish they are - covering US Vogue's Best Dressed list. A beautiful and intriguing shot of Mary-Kate and Ashley.
I was recently invited to experience the magic and inveiling of a new anti-ageing phenomenon at London's exclusive venue/club The Box. With aerial performances, psychic tarot readings, good company and a lot of champagne, this really was a night to remember!
As the evening progressed, Nanoblurwas unveiled : A new cosmetic product from Indeed Labs,which visibly transforms skin in seconds by giving an airbrushed effect that blurs crows feet, lines and enlarged pores. The big news was that compared to premium anti-ageing serums which can take up to 60 days to show an effect, Nanoblur significantly improves the skin's surface area immediately - the girls took the 40 second challenge, and right there before my eyes... it worked - skin was given a smoother appearance and seemed much more flawless!
What I liked about it is that it's perfect for on the go, as the tube isn't too big so it can be slipped into your handbag or desk drawer and applied over foundation to give an instant airbrushed effect at any time of the day. The water based formula fits into any daily skin care routine and should be applied on top of liquid makeup, or underneath powder makeup and it's rather versatile too... those with drier skin types can also blend nanoblur with their favourite moisturiser.
Originally formulated to tackle concerns created by HD cameras that would highlight the slightest of skin imperfections on Hollywood celebrities, Nanoblur uses the most advanced form of optical prism technology to literally "blur" any lines and flaws on the skin. It combines millions of micro-prisms to create the appearance of pore-less skin, while reducing wrinkles, textural damage, and unwanted pigmentation, and it can be applied to hands, the neck, or any other part of your body.
After seeing what it really does, and the immediate effects, I was expecting a price somewhere in the £90+ mark... nope... Nanoblur is only £19.99! I literally gasped (along with many of the other girls) when I heard this. And it's not difficult to get hold of either as it's available in all Boots storesnationwide. I've found Nanoblur to give a velvety finish and am also using it regularly on my hands too...!