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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Double-Breasted Comeback

Double-Breasted Jacket

::::: Double-Breasted Jackets Top L-R: SS11 Acne, Cavalli, Gucci, Gianfranco Ferré, Ermenegildo Zegna, Bottega Veneta ::::: Bottom L-R: David Beckham, Spiro Mandylor, Chris Colfer as Kurt Hummel, Ryan Gosling

It’s been an exciting year for men’s fashion.  Last season we saw major trends such as plaid shirts, bow ties, and rolled pant-cuffs peak in popularity.  In early January, the It’s All Style To Me Men’s Spring/Summer 2011 Essentials were posted and highlighted some of what I felt were the most promising trends of the upcoming season.  Belted trench coats, braided leather belts, statement sports jackets, white suits, colour blocking, leather strap sandals, and seasonal knits have livened up our wardrobes.

Single Vs. Double-BreastedSince its reintroduction in 2008, the double-breasted suit and men’s dress jackets have been picking up steam, making a huge comeback.  No longer limited to fixtures of the 1980s such as Wall Street bankers, creepy game show hosts, and slick used car salesmen – double-breasted suits are looking pretty cool again.   The demand for double-breasted suits and separates has been fueled by new innovative new designs coming out of the world’s leading fashion houses.  Male celebs like David Beckham and Ryan Gosling have been daring enough to give them a go and Kurt Hummel even sported one in at least one episode of Glee last fall.  They fit in nicely with trendy young guys who are adopting the cleaner, tailored, preppy look reminiscent of the Mad Men era.

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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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