Beauty: Lancôme Show by Alber Elbaz

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Guys, I am so excited…and I don’t want to hide it! Tomorrow’s the big day!!! On June 15th, 2013, Lancôme Show by Alber Elbaz will finally be hitting the stores, which means we can all get a fill of great Lancôme products prettified by the incomparable (and adorable) whimsy of Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz. As a huge fan of Alber’s doodles, I simply can’t wait to get my hands on as many Lancôme Show goodies as I can! Those mascaras? Yes, please! The eyeshadow palettes?! A hundred times yes! And the first-ever Lancôme false eyelashes? Don’t mind if I do.

And while the products themselves are Lancôme mainstays, the collab (and the lovely designer packaging) are very limited edition, so if you are as enamoured with Alber Elbaz’ creations, run, don’t walk to your nearest Lancôme counter! Happy shopping!

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Photo Credits: Lancôme

Lanvin for H&M Auction

You are either super sick of hearing about Lanvin for H&M by now, or you simply can’t get enough! Well, in case you weren’t very lucky on November 20th, or perhaps if you refused to wait in line, here’s another chance at owning something special from the most-coveted collaboration this year.

“Artistic Director Alber Elbaz of Lanvin has customized unique haute couture looks from the Lanvin for H&M collection. The looks were revealed at a fashion show in New York and are now being auctioned exclusively on this site. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to UNICEF, as part of H&M’s “All for Children” project.

Bid for Haute Couture looks customized from the Lanvin for H&M collection. Don’t miss your chance to own a unique piece of the Haute Couture collection from Lanvin for H&M. Bidding closes at 11:59 PM CET on November 26th.”

Five of Mr. Alber Elbaz’s original and signed sketches are also included in this auction. If you have some cash lying around, or if you want to surprise someone with a unique Christmas gift, go to www.lanvinforhm.com to bid. Good luck!

Lanvin x H&M Preview at the AGO

Ever since I received an invite for a special preview of Lanvin x H&M collection, I’ve been on the edge of my proverbial seat. Yes, we’ve all seen the many sneak peeks online, but to actually be able to see and touch the clothes up close and personal, would make shopping day that much easier, no? So, when Jo and I made our way to the AGO earlier this week, we were pretty pumped!

The moment we stepped out of the elevator, we were greeted by a group of immaculately dressed and styled mannequins dripping in “luxurious H&M”. The room was squared off by racks full of Lanvin x H&M, complete with beautiful garment bags, boxes and shoes on the floor. Immediately, I was drawn to the items I’ve already selected via the lookbook: the yellow ruffle dress, the pink asymmetrical dress, and the same one in deep plum. The fabric of the pink and plum dresses was a bit on a stiffer side (crinoline?), but I  guess it was necessary to give the needed architectural quality to the dress. I absolutely loved the exposed zipper detailing, and the puffy-poofy shoulder – both dresses were just as beautiful as expected.

The asymmetrical yellow dress was also quite nice. I couldn’t gauge what type of fabric it was made of, but it was definitely a heavier one – perhaps a cotton blend? I am still swooning over that dress today…the color, the ruffles, the zipper…the color! I was a bit worried about the unfinished hem, which is present in many Lanvin designs. Would it unravel faster, since it’s not actual Lanvin? Would it make the dress look cheaper? In my opinion, unravelling shouldn’t be a problem, as the stitching above the “unfinished hem” would keep the threads from coming apart. And none of the pieces I pawed at looked cheap at all. I think, if you’re able to score a Lanvin x H&M dress, or even a faux fur piece, you’ll be a lucky owner for many years to come.

The rest of the coollection (typo and I’m keeping it) did not disappoint as well. If you are a fan of the floral print, both floral dresses looked lovely and felt good to the touch. Again, little details, such as exposed zippers and elastic waist belts completed the look. A few people seemed disappointed with the use of elastic bands on dresses, but I really didn’t mind it. In my opinion, it’s better to have a built-in belt, and having an option of wearing something else over it, rather than not having any kind of waist definition at all.

Accessories were another point of contention. I, for one, seriously loved the pink necklace! Yes, it’s plastic. But it’s only $39! A piece of statement costume jewelry like that would spruce up any LBD that you have lifelessly hanging in your closet. It’s not an heirloom piece that you could pass down to your grandkids, but for what it’s worth, I felt that if funky jewels are your thing, then this Lanvin x H&M necklace would be a pretty good buy.

As far as the shoes go, I wasn’t really into them when the first photos of the collection hit the interwebs, and I wasn’t into them when I saw them at the AGO. I really wish they had some signature Lanvin flats instead, but regardless, many attendees went gaga for these pointy-toe pumps. My favorite of the bunch was definitely the black pair with rhinestone-covered heels – simple, yet different enough to stand out among the many shoes in my closet.

One thing I didn’t like about the shoes were the hard soles that didn’t bend or have any give. This was explained as part of the sample folly – all samples are made pretty fast, and aren’t meant to be worn. The lovely Emily, who is part of the H&M dream-team and who looked stunning in head-to-toe Lanvin x H&M, did say that the leopard-print pumps she wore that day were very comfy.

The rest of the night was a bit of a blur…I kept coming back to my favorite dresses to touch and feel them, and imagine what it would feel like to wear them. I also walked over to the men’s side to check out some of the offerings. There were some very nice pieces, but the most buzzed about were definitely the sweat pants and the cozy, soft cardigans, which even the ladies in attendance were lusting after.

Needless to say, I am dying to get my hands on a few pieces from this collection. As far as Toronto stores are concerned, Lanvin x H&M will be carried at Yorkdale, Eaton Centre, and Bloor St. locations. Stores will open at 8am to accommodate the anticipated demand, and each person will only be allowed 15 minutes to shop. And though this might seem a tad rigid, I am really happy that there seems to be some sort of structure to the madness that is sure to ensue. As long as you’ve done your research, 15 minutes should be plenty of time to get in, grab your most-wanted items, and happily saunter off to the fitting rooms.

But the question remains…will you be lining up on November 20th to get your very own piece of H&M luxury amazingness by Alber Elbaz? If so, I will surely see you there!

Lanvin for H&M – More Photos

I asked for color, and for shoes? Well, voilà! Vogue UK unveiled another photo of the stunning Lanvin for H&M collection this morning, and I am endlessly in love…Prices are definitely on the higher end of the H&M spectrum, but at 99GBP for each dress, 29GBP for gloves or bag, 25GBP for clutch or necklace – owning a piece designed by Alber Elbaz himself has never been more affordable. See you in line!

Photo Credits: Vogue UK

Lanvin vs. Prada

Was catching up on my Paris Fashion Week Spring 2011 RTW shows, when the above Lanvin dress (on the left) caught my eye. The whole look of it just felt eerily familiar. And of course it did, since I’ve already seen it back in 2009 during Prada’s Fall 2009 RTW show (on the right)! Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

All-over vertical embellishments? Check. Thick strips of fringe at the bottom of the skirt? Check. Belted waist? Check. And sure, Miuccia used leather to make her dresses, while Alber opted for a more delicate fabric. But so what? Lanvin’s finished product could be Prada dress’ not-so-distant cousin.

And no, I am not necessarily saying that this is a clear-cut case of creative plagiarism, but I do believe that the Prada design is not any typical ol’ LBD, it’s got enough distinguishing characteristics, so that I would never confuse that particular dress with another designer’s. Even after seeing the Bebe knock-off version, I remembered where I saw this dress first – Prada Fall 2009. And yet another factor is that Alber’s aesthetic for Lanvin has always had a very particular feminine air to it, not at all “tough gladiator chick”.

So what are your thoughts on this? Do you think someone at Lanvin was lacking original ideas, or is this dress not at all like the ones from Prada? Is immitation a sincerest form of flattery?

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Lanvin for H&M…OMG!

All of my fashion prayers have been answered – Lanvin for H&M line is coming to a store near you in November! And as Alber Elbaz put it in the H&M video released this morning, he only said “I do” to H&M going luxury, not Lanvin going public. This makes me even more excited, because what it essentially sounds like to me is that the quality of this collection will be somewhat better than your regular H&M collab – but I guess we’ll have to wait until November to see. I know, I’ll be lining up bright and early to get my own little piece of affordable Lanvin  luxury H&M…even if I have to fight for it. Bring it on!

“H&M is proud to announce that its next designer collaboration will be with Lanvin, one of the most influential brands of the 21st century. Designed by Lanvin’s artistic director Alber Elbaz and menswear designer Lucas Ossendrijver, the collection will go on sale in around 200 H&M stores. It will be launched November 20th in North America and on November 23rd in the rest of the world. The collection of both womenswear and menswear will be revealed to the world on November 2nd, just three weeks before the clothes hit the store, making the launch of Lanvin for H&M one of the most anticipated fashion events of the year.”

Photo Credits: H&M

Elle Spain’s Disney Designers

Have you ever wondered what would happen if Karl Lagerfeld fell into some well (ala Enchanted) only to end up in a Disney-animated world? Well, Elle Spain certainly has given it some thought, and the results, I must admit, are pretty cool! Can totally see Donatella as a duck, it’s completely spot on! But then again, most of the designers in the spread are ducks (with the exception of Karl, and D&G). Were the folks at Elle Spain too scared to paint someone as a pig, a cow, or…gasp…an elephant in their April 2010 issue? I would guess so. I, for one, would never want to taste someone like Karl’s wrath! No, thanks!

I think these cartoons are pretty amazing! Do you? Sound off in the comments!

Photo Credits: www.refinery29.com

Lanvin, My Love

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How amazing is this new Lanvin ad? I want that white dress so badly! It’s not fair that celebs get access to these fantastic pieces, and us, regular folk never do. Le sigh. Might go to Holts to try it on and daydream of owning it one day. But not before a Chanel 2.55, of course!

Photo Credits: WWD