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


Bring On The Cool: DANIER X Greta Constantine Fall/Winter 2011

Last night, Greta Constantine designers Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong unveiled their eagerly anticipated Fall/Winter 2011 Capsule Collection for iconic Canadian leather apparel label DANIER.  The launch of SKIN arrives hot off the heels of a successful Greta/Ezra Constantine Fall/Winter 2011 Collection that even had Fashion Television’s Jeanne Beker (click here for interview) beaming with Canadian pride.

Nestled amidst a sea of quaint crack houses, homeless shelters, and a liquor store that sees more action on Sunday than the local community church – Parkdale’s Neubacher Shor Contemporary Gallery hosted a modest SKIN launch in an impressive artistic oasis of a space.  Whatever you do, just don’t lean on their outside walls.  My wool/angora knit cardigan was covered in red brick residue and enough DNA samples from the wall deposits of vagrants’ bodily fluids to keep a CSI lab busy for weeks.

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1950s Elegance Meets 1970s Style: Lundström Fall/Winter 2011 Collection

A mix of real and faux fur outerwear and evening wear in feminine 50s elegance meets sexy 70s style means the Lundström Fall/Winter 2011 Collection can satisfy any woman, regardless of what side of the PETA fence she stands on.  Judging from the enthusiasm in the crowd, the Yorkville-ready, Eastern European, принцесса-inspired pieces will no doubt make their way into the walk-in closets of Toronto’s most glamorous ladies.  “We had [faux] Mongolian lamb, we had astrakhan fur, we had fox – it was a combination of faux and real fur.  We use a lot of luxurious fabrics,” Tar Matossian, General Manager of Eleventh Floor Apparel (manufacturers of Lundström) spoke to me about the latest collection.  “It was [about] ladies’ femininity.  Bringing out the femininity, celebrating the femininity.”

Collection favourites included the faux Mongolian lamb vests and coats that kicked off the show, tie front llama coat in steel blue, ivory LaPARKA, feathered faux fur vest in chestnut camel, skinny camel leather pants, cranberry mohair tweed bouclé coat, ruby alpaca coat, mohair clipped coat in thistle, snow leopard printed chiffon dress, and the wool lace hourglass coat in black-natural.  The evening wear was also quite stunning.  Especially the black iridescent chiffon one shoulder dress.  Very sexy.  No plans for a dedicated menswear line, but Lundström does make a parka for men.  For photos of the collection please visit the It’s All Style To Me Facebook Page.

Lundström FW11

MARLON GOBEL Men’s Collection Fall/Winter 2011

Former Director of Operations for Thom Browne and Assistant Creative Director for Michael Bastian, Marlon Gobel is one of, if not the best of the emerging men’s fashion designers out there today.  “If you’re going to make men’s clothes, make them meaningful.  Take your time and make something beautiful for people to see,” states Gobel.  His latest collection overshot both meaningful and beautiful, catapulting menswear into a stratosphere of opulence with lush well-crafted pieces that seemed to fuse Savile Row tailoring with Soho cool.

Taking his influence from men’s fraternal orders, Gobel’s FW11 collection finds its inspiration in the male camaraderie of 19th century – namely, male secret societies.  Gobel felt that the notion of being a part of a ‘group’ of guys that support one another is something that has been lost on the young people of today.  “You can be in a unicorn gang jacket or a two-piece suit, but it’s really about guys coming together in support,” he explained regarding his FW11 collection.

We were treated to so many great pieces at the Park Avenue Armory, that’s it’s impossible to narrow Gobel’s collection down to a few favourites.  I found the rich colours and textures captivating and the fitted cuts flattering.  Statement pieces such as the velveteen worn plaid three-piece suit with horn buttons and the unicorn gang jackets were signature must-haves.  Versatility by way of a cashmere glen plaid blazers and trousers, cashmere shawl collar sweaters, plum and emerald corduroy trousers, and a show stopping snow canvas double-breasted peak lapel tuxedo with black corning glass buttons – top of the wish list.  Of course everything looked that much more luxurious with an ornate pair of men’s Christian Louboutin’s.

For more photos of the Marlon Gobel FW11 fashion show, please visit my Facebook Page.

Marlon Gobel FW11

Valentine’s Gifts for Her: Victoria’s Secret Angel Chanel Iman

Welcome to the third and final It’s All Style To Me, Valentine’s Gifts for Her post.  In the first post, I had asked several of the sexiest fashionistas in the GTA and beyond to give me their Top Five Valentine’s Day Picks for 2011.  Responses ranged from the traditional flowers, chocolates, perfume, jewelry and lingerie, to the more sentimental like breakfast in bed, homemade cards, and a romantic night out or in.  For the second post, we explored jewelry a little closer by taking a look at the recent Canadian launch of the Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry Collection available exclusively at Birks Canada.

So for the final post, I thought that I would delve deeper into a Valentine’s Day gift that is more for his enjoyment, than hers.  I love women in lingerie.  In fact, I don’t think North American women wear enough lingerie.  I headed over to the Victoria’s Secret lingerie store in Toronto’s Eaton Centre today for the launch of their Love Collection.  I had the chance to talk to Victoria’s Secret Angel Chanel Iman, as she unveiled some of the sexiest gifts for Valentine’s Day.  Victoria’s Secret is celebrating the most romantic holiday of the year with a new Love Bra Collection and Sexy Little Things Noir Love Me Fragrance Collection.  The bras are priced between $49.50-59.50 and the fragrances between $10-$58.

Whether you like to watch that special someone slowly take their lingerie off, or get a little naughty with it on – the Victoria’s Secret Collection makes a great Valentine’s gift.  For Chanel Iman event photos please visit the It’s All Style To Me Facebook Page.

VS Love Collection

Love Bra Collection and Sexy Little Things Noir Love Me Fragrance Collection

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