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

Converse Fall/Winter 2011 Footwear & Accessories

CONVERSE Fall/Winter 2011Ever since its inception in 1908, independence has always has been the cornerstone of the Converse name.  When Marquis Mills Converse declared, “Our company was organized in 1908 fully believing that there was an earnest demand from the retail shoe dealer for a rubber shoe company that would be independent enough not to follow every other company in every thing they do,” did he think that over 100 years on, that philosophy would remain steadfast?

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Strellson Takes Flight – Fall/Winter 2011

Strellson Fall/Winter 2011
On Tuesday, Swiss fashion design label Strellson held an impressive preview of their Fall/Winter 2011 Collection in North Toronto’s Canadian Air & Space Museum.  The creative venue tied in nicely into their Travel Style themed collection consisting of travel-ready business wear, elegant sportswear, and sharp-looking accessories.  With staff on hand from their head office in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland including Creative Director Marco Tomasi, Strellson showed it takes a keen interest in the Canadian market.

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Fred Perry, Oliver Spencer, Filson – Fall/Winter 2011

Standard Apparel FW11

Standard Apparel Fall/Winter 2011 Presentation

If you follow my tweets, then you were lucky enough to catch wind of last weekend’s Fall/Winter 2010 clearance sale on all remaining Fred Perry, Oliver Spencer, and Dunderdon apparel.  Men’s and women’s polos at $35, shoes at $25, and beautiful bags at $35 – everything cleared out to make way for the arrival of Canadian distributor Standard Apparel’s Fall/Winter 2011 Collections.  Jeremy Logan and the team at Standard Apparel distribute Fred Perry, Oliver Spencer, Dunderdon, Filson, Aether Apparel, Worn Free, and Standard Issue across Canada.  This past Tuesday they held a media preview of their upcoming collections due to hit retailers some time around August.  Here’s a quick recap of some of their latest offerings in menswear:

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Rock & Roll, Seductive Boudoir, Dark Forest: DANIER Fall/Winter 2011

DANIER FW11 MENS

DANIER Fall/Winter 2011 Menswear

Last week, It’s All Style To Me was invited to a preview of Canadian designer Greta Constantine’s Fall/Winter 2011 collaboration with Danier Leather (click here for post).  The capsule collection named simply Skin, is one of three collaborations for Danier in Fall/Winter 2011.  Yesterday, I had a chance to see the entire Danier Fall/Winter 2011 Collection including the additional capsule collections by Mark Fast and George Antonopoulos.  The invitation of these three great talents to lend their interpretation to the DANIER brand further supports the brand’s efforts to showcase cutting edge and inspiring designs each season.

Designed with something in mind for everyone, Danier’s LOVE of LEATHER titled collection for FW11 is really composed of three sub-themed collections or releases.  Due out in stores this August, their first release is comprised of pieces that incorporate elements of the backstage rock and roll lifestyle.  I initially thought hidden condom pockets, accessories with secret cocaine compartments, and an inside pocket large enough to stash a mickey of scotch – not the case.  Leather jackets and accessories are accented with zippers, studs, and chains to give them that rock and roll feel.  The men’s outerwear is rugged with biker jackets with inner linings that have extravagant digitized city skyline prints.

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