HOME & GARDEN
March 8, 2012 |
Cold, wind and hours of boredom didn't deter shoppers on the hunt for affordable designer duds, as throngs lined up to buy into another brief fling between high-end fashion and low-end retail. On Thursday, a match-up between Italian fashion label Marni and cheap-chic retailer H&M drew hundreds of bargain seekers to select H&M stores. At the Beverly Center, about 250 shoppers had gathered outside the store by 7:30 a.m., many sipping coffee and wearing thick coats, knit caps and colorful wristbands stamped with the time slot they had been allotted to shop the collection.
September 23, 2011 |
It may seem too good to be true, but Versace is launching an apparel line at fast-fashion retailer H&M in November. Missoni suede heels, with the luxe Italian fashion house's signature zigzag print, hit the shelves at discount giant Target. Even Vera Wang is designing diamond engagement rings for budget jeweler Zales. Unlikely pairings, perhaps, but shoppers are seeing more of these bargain-luxury combos these days as elite fashion designers increasingly go mass market. At a time when signals of economic distress abound, consumers are responding to the partnerships, turning the hype into huge sales.
HOME & GARDEN
April 29, 2011 |
Furniture and product designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby are the Astaire and Rogers of 21st century minimalism. The objects they make — be it an oak choir bench for the Gothic-style Portsmouth Cathedral in England or plastic clothes hangers for Levi's jeans — look effortlessly graceful. Derived from origami-style models and geometric forms, their sculptural designs in plywood, unfinished oak, glass, marble and rainbow-colored anodized aluminum are executed with impeccable style and polish.
April 9, 2011 |
April, it turns out, is a great time to shop H&M. The fast-fashion retailer is releasing three capsule collections this month — including chic, sun-bleached day wear; graphic-heavy streetwear; and quaint, boho-inspired shoes. The brand's annual H&M Conscious Collection for women and men debuts Thursday and features tailored-but-easy looks (such as a white eyelet smocked baby doll dress) — all rendered in pale pastel and white eco-friendly textiles. But "it's not just about organic cotton anymore," noted Ann-Sofie Johansson, head of design for H&M. "The possibilities for creating a complete fashion statement with eco-smarter materials are huge now. " Prices range from $9.95 for a white organic cotton vest to $49.95 for a recycled fabric blazer.
November 7, 2010 |
Fashion's designer-matchmaking game has reached a fevered pitch with the Lanvin for H&M collection hitting select stores Nov. 20. Check out PHOTOS from the collection here . In this collaboration-happy era of Cynthia Rowley-designed Pampers and Christian Siriano-designed sponges, French fashion label Lanvin was one of the few holdouts. With the exception of an ill-conceived denim line produced with Acne, Lanvin's creative director Alber Elbaz seemed content to ignore the affordable luxury trend and sell $540 sneakers to Michelle Obama and $3,000 gowns to Hollywood's best dressed instead.
May 23, 2010 |
When it comes to fine leather goods, Los Angeles might not have the manufacturing cachet of Florence, Italy, but here in our Venice, you can discover Illia, a leather sportswear collection for women, which opens its first signature boutique on Friday. Illia is designed and manufactured in downtown L.A. by partners John Murrough and Robbie Moray. Murrough, the lead designer, is a South African who came to Los Angeles in 1983 via London, where he learned leather-making techniques while working in retail for Manolo Blahnik.