Versace to Design Iconic Collection for H&M Fall/Winter 2011

Margareta Van Den Bosch, Creative Advisor for H&M announces plans for a Versace capsule collection for Fall/Winter 2011.  The collection is scheduled to launch here in Canada on November 19th amidst a consumer frenzy the likes of last year’s Lanvin, maybe worse.  The collection will feature reworked iconic pieces from Versace’s past and present.  Donatella promises a glamorous 40-piece collection for the women and 20-piece for men, accessories on top of that.  She was so excited about the collaboration that she actually wore one of the leather Versace for H&M dresses to the Men’s Spring/Summer 2012 show in Milan yesterday.

Versace for H&M

Versace for H&M - Photo c/o Style.com

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has developed and produced the first international exhibition devoted to celebrated French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier and the man himself was in town last week to take it all in.  More of a contemporary installation than a fashion retrospective, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk features 140 ensembles and numerous documents, is particularly innovative in the theatrical mise en scène and multimedia approach provided by UBU/Compagnie de création’s animated mannequins.

Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

Photo c/o William Mazzoleni

Gaultier launched his first prêt‐à‐porter collection in 1976 and founded his own couture house in 1997. Dubbed fashion’s enfant terrible by the press from the time of his first runway shows in the 1970s, Jean Paul Gaultier is indisputably one of the most important fashion designers of recent decades. Very early, his avant‐garde fashions reflected an understanding of a multicultural society’s issues and preoccupations, shaking up – with invariable good humour – established societal and aesthetic codes.

“I think the way people dress today is a form of artistic expression. Saint Laurent, for instance, has made great art. Art lies in the way the whole outfit is put together. Take Jean Paul Gaultier. What he does is really art,” said Andy Warhol (Mondo Uomo, 1984).

Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

Photo c/o Natacha Gysin

Initiated, developed, produced and circulated by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to mark the 35th anniversary of the designer’s own label, this exploration of Jean Paul Gaultier’s creative world has been organized in collaboration with the Maison Jean Paul Gaultier, which provided the Museum with exclusive access to its archives. Following its presentation in Montreal (June 17 – October 2, 2011), the exhibition will embark on an international tour, with presentations at the Dallas Museum of Art (November 13, 2011 ‐ February 12, 2012), the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young (March 24 ‐ August 19, 2012), the Fundación Mapfre – Instituto de Cultura, Madrid (September 26 – November 18, 2012), and the Kunsthal Rotterdam, the Netherlands (February 9 – May 12, 2013).  For more photos please visit the It’s All Style To Me Facebook Page.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

Digital Print c/o Stéphane Sednaoui

Of Beef & Boys: Power Ball 13 Thirteenth Floor

Power Ball 13: Thirteenth FloorIn mid-April, I had posted information about The Power Ball, one of Toronto’s upcoming legendary annual charity events.  Hosted by the Harbourfront’s Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, the party is the gallery’s largest annual fundraiser and attracts more than 1,700 people.  Many It’s All Style To Me readers heeded the call and bought tickets to last night’s event.  A good handful of you came up to thank me for letting you know about the event on the Blog, Facebook, and Twitter.  Naturally, none of you were disappointed.

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Medium Magazine’s Premier Launch Party: Message Is The Medium

Medium Magazine’s Premier Launch PartyLast night Medium Magazine, Canada’s first fashion and beauty based interactive digital tablet magazine, hosted an exclusive party for their launch at the Thomas Landry Gallery in Toronto’s historic Distillery District.  Fashion and beauty enthusiasts, bloggers, the techno-savvy and media gathered to celebrate and learn all about the newest adjunct to the style and beauty community.

“Medium [Magazine] is a marriage of editorial content and interactivity incorporating video, social media elements and tap-and-play features,” said editor, Chenessa Lam. “The tablet showcases imagery which jumps off a page and comes to life, allowing us to connect with our readers on a new level.”

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Victoria’s Dark Angel: Doutzen The Diva?


Early last month, Victoria’s Secret launched their summer-themed Miraculous Bombshell Bra & Swim Collection in Los Angeles.  That kicked off a Bombshell Summer Essentials tour that’s seen them shuttling around sexy lingerie models to Victoria’s Secret stores all over the U.S. and Canada.  Fans have a chance to experience the new collection and meet the models at Victoria’s Secret stores in most major cities.  Model Doutzen Kroes stopped by Toronto yesterday to promote the Bombshell Collection at a media photo op in Toronto’s Eaton Centre, followed by an in-store meet and greet at the new Victoria’s Secret in Sherway Gardens, and ended with a more intimate invitational presentation at downtown Toronto’s members-only Spoke Club.

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