Enough with the sneak peeks; we’ve finally got our hands on the complete lookbook for the Anna Dello Russo for H&M accessories collection! Featuring almost 50 pieces of jewelry, bags, shoes, sunglasses and luggage, the collaboration is everything we love about ADR. Meaning: it’s completely outrageous and over-the-top.
“Accessories are like vitamins to fashion — as such, you should use them liberally,” advises Dello Russo. And now we can, at affordable price points. The ADR x H&M collection retails from US$24.95 for earrings to US$59.95 for a turquoise clutch to US$299 for over-the-knee leather boots.
Anna Dello Russo for H&M launches in about 140 H&M stores worldwide and online on October 4. We’re sure your calendars have been marked since the collection was first announced in May, and now you can finally make your wish list! I’m coveting a few of the bracelets and cuffs myself. Which pieces will you be lining up at your local H&M store for on October 4?
Yesterday we showed you a first look at Margiela for H&M, and today we’ve got even more H&M designer collaboration images for you! Thanks to the September issues of Vogue Russia and Vogue Spain, we get our first sneak peeks at Anna Dello Russo’s accessories collaboration with the fast fashion retailer since it was announced back in May.
Sure, ADR was spotted sporting some of her H&M pieces during Paris couture week, but these magazine pages are filled to the brim with the statement jewelry, sunglasses, clutches, shoes and even luggage that the Vogue Nippon Editor-at-Large and street style icon designed. They’re in high res too, so click away in order to see that ornate turquoise suitcase, those zebra bangles and those crocodile-adorned sunglasses up close and personal.
Let me guess, your ADR for H&M wish list just got that much longer, didn’t it? Not to worry – I’m right there with you! The collection will be available in around 140 H&M stores worldwide as well as online at hm.com on October 4.
After 12 days of nonstop celebrity red carpet fashions, the 2012 edition of the Cannes Film Festival sadly came to an end yesterday. Because we’re obviously already in withdrawal, we thought we’d relive our favourite sartorial moments with – what else? – a best dressed list.
Leading the pack with a perfect run at Cannes this year was Diane Kruger, who wore three of our most memorable looks. She donned an ethereal mint green Giambattista Valli couture gown on opening night and continued to blow us away throughout the festival. Her Nina Ricci dress at the “Killing Them Softly” premiere was divine, while her Chanel frock at the amFAR Gala was quite possibly our favourite look of hers ever. Her hair, make-up and accessories were impeccable too.
Models Liya Kebede and Natasha Poly looked nothing short of fabulous in a sharp Roberto Cavalli suit and head-to-toe Gucci respectively. Actress Bérénice Bejo was a lovely surprise in a printed Giambattista Valli dress with Olympia Le-Tan book clutch in hand, while Paz Vega looked fierce in a feathered Stephane Rolland couture creation.
Vogue Nippon Editor-at-Large Anna Dello Russo stunned in white Alberta Ferretti, Chinese actress Yao Xingtong looked gorgeous in blue Elie Saab couture, and Kirsten Dunst was picture perfect in a to-die-for Dolce & Gabbana dress and Charlotte Olympia shoe pairing.
There you have it – our 10 best dressed at the 65th Festival de Cannes. Who made your list?
Street style icon and Vogue Nippon‘s Fashion Director at Large Anna Dello Russo has collaborated with fast fashion retailer H&M on a special collection of accessories. The capsule, due to hit stores this Fall, features ornate, gold-toned jewelry with turquoise accents and reptile embellishments, as well as sunglasses, shoes, bags and even a carry-on.
“I am excited by this collaboration: this is the first time H&M has involved a fashion director in a special project”, said Dello Russo in a press release. “I wanted to create precious accessories that are impossible to find. As a stylist, I know accessorization is essential; it is the personal touch in any outfit. With these pieces, everybody can have fun, and turn an ordinary day into a fantastic fashion day”.
Dello Russo is known for her often outrageous ensembles and multiple outfit changes per day during fashion weeks, so it’s no surprise that her designs for H&M are rather over-the-top and ostentatious. Naturally, I want in. The lizard-adorned cuffs and deer clasp minaudiere are definitely on my wish list. No word on pricing yet, but H&M is promising ‘uniqueness at an affordable price’ with this accessories range.
The collection will be available October 4 in around 140 stores worldwide as well as online at hm.com, and is sure to sell out faster than Anna Dello Russo can change her outfit. Will you be lining up to get your hands on some ADR for H&M? Check out images of the collection and watch H&M’s interview with ADR herself below.
I was asked recently, over Twitter, to sum up 2011 in one word. I replied, “Life-changing. Does that count as one word?” It did, but let’s face it, one word or even 140 characters, just isn’t enough to describe the 365 days over which life, as we at The Backseat Stylers knew it, changed forever. So we thought we’d do better than that. A picture, as the saying goes, is worth a 1,000 words; here are 10 that represent some of the most incredible moments of our 2011.
In March, The Backseat Stylers got an invite from Paris to attend the Roger Vivier Fall/Winter 2011 presentation and meet Creative Director Bruno Frisoni and muse Inès de la Fressange. We couldn’t make it and were, of course, heartbroken. But it’s the invite that counts, and for that we were delighted.
Later that month, we signed on with Global TV to contribute to their website’s Toronto Fashion Week coverage. Not only did this largely make up for not being able to attend Paris Fashion Week, but it also really got the ball rolling here at The Backseat Stylers.
Here’s proof: a photo of me with the one and only Anna Dello Russo, Editor-at-Large for Vogue Nippon, at The Room at the Bay’s ‘When Tommy Met Anna’ shindig in April. Ask me a year ago if I thought I’d ever have the opportunity to chat with Ms. Dello Russo and I would’ve laughed at (and with) you. And yet there we are, looking all chummy.
The starstruck moments didn’t end there, thanks once again to The Room. This time, it was the boys from Proenza Schouler. I’m not embarrassed to admit that I left that particular party with more than a little crush on Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough. Talented and charming – could you blame me, really?
Unbelievably, the celebrity encounters continued. In August, on the very last day of the McQueen exhibit, T and I flew out to New York and lined up for almost 5 hours outside The Met to see Savage Beauty. At the end of our visit was an unexpected surprise even we couldn’t have dreamed up: an autograph session with Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue. She even mistook me for someone who works in fashion – the stuff of dreams, I tell you!
Speaking of dreams coming true, mere days before our encounter with Ms. Wintour, the most epic email we’ve received since we signed up for our Hotmail accounts way back when landed in our inbox. It was from Sarah Casselman, Senior Fashion News Editor at FASHION Magazine, and she wanted to write a feature on us. I wish I had a video of our reactions to this news, but suffice to say we were over the moon. And still are, really. Outfitted in VAWK in our very own one-page feature in FASHION‘s November 2011 issue? I have no words, even now.
And then? More press. This time in Flare Magazine‘s ‘Wear Canada’ round-up of 22 bloggers from across the country, sporting their most prized Canadian designs. My Smythe tartan equestrian jacket and Pink Tartan trompe l’oeil blouse pairing resulted in one of my favourite ensembles of the year. It was an honour to be included the feature.
Where, pray tell, do you go from there? To Breakfast at Tiffany, apparently. On one sunny October morning, I found myself doing precisely that: chatting about handbags with Tiffany Leather designers Richard Lambertson and John Truex over lobster scrambled eggs and coffee at Tiffany & Co.’s Toronto flagship.
Continuing on with the theme of invites I never thought would land in my lap, a few days after my date at Tiffany, I found myself in yet another rather unexpected locale: model Jessica Stam‘s hotel room. I’d been invited by IMG to live tweet the inaugural Mercedes-Benz Start Up finale during Toronto Fashion Week on their behalf. Of course, my very first task as official tweeter was to cover guest judge Stam’s preparations for the show. Tough gig, right?
Finally, just when I thought the year was winding down and all its surprises already revealed, one last one arrived in the form of a tweet: a photo of a gorgeous statement necklace by TOODLEBUNNY that was inspired by yours truly. Dubbed the ‘Lady S’ by designer Trudy Winans, the necklace came home with me when we eventually met at the One of Kind Christmas Show & Sale in November, and is now one of the most beloved pieces in my jewelry box.
From an invite to a Paris Fashion Week presentation to kick off the year to a necklace named after to me to close it out, and all the fashion shows, charity galas and industry events that happened in between, 2011 turned out to be The Backseat Stylers’ most epic to date. Heartfelt thanks go out to all the readers, designers, retailers, PR companies and plain ol’ supporters who helped make our last year everything that it was!
It’s going to be tough to top all of this in 2012, but that’s a challenge we can’t wait to take on. We look forward to another incredible year, and hope you’ll come along with us for the ride!
Macy’s has been all over the collaborations of late, having just released the lookbook for Karl Lagerfeld‘s capsule collection for the retailer. It seems, though, that The Kaiser isn’t the only one who designed for Macy’s for Fall - W reports that Vogue Nippon Editor-at-Large and street style icon Anna Dello Russo did too!
Dello Russo was recently named the editor-at-large for Macy’s private label brand INC, and apparently her duties in that role include styling the Fall campaign, starring in it alongside model Karolina Kurkova, and even designing a capsule collection of ready-to-wear and accessories. So far we see peacoats, fur chubbies and colour-blocked body con dresses, which will retail from $30 to $139. (via Fashionologie)
“It’s good to try to render the dream of fashion for a wide market to relate to the time we live in,” Dello Russo told W. An ADR-designed capsule collection does sound like a dream come true. I’m dying to see the lookbook!
The Room at the Bay in Toronto is currently hosting an exhibit of street style photos by photographer Tommy Ton of Anna Dello Russo, Editor-at-Large for Vogue Nippon and one of the most fabulous women on the planet. If you missed last week’s reception and autograph session, don’t fret – you can still catch the exhibit, which is on until this Friday, April 29, 2011. For those of you not anywhere near Toronto, I’ve snapped highlights of the 81-photo exhibit. Enjoy!
Me and Vogue Nippon Editor-at-Large Anna Dello Russo
The Room at the Bay announced recently that they would be hosting “When Tommy Met Anna”, an exhibit of photographs of Vogue Nippon Editor-at-Large and street style heroine Anna Dello Russo by Toronto-based, world-renowned street style photographer Tommy Ton. When the news first broke, the first question on mine and most other lips in the city was, “Does that mean ADR is coming to Toronto?!” When confirmation came via a tweet from The Hudson’s Bay Company that, indeed, the inimitable Dello Russo would be gracing our city with her perennially overdressed presence, the excitement in the Toronto fashion community’s little corner of the Twitterverse was palpable. Not only was ADR coming to town, but she was also bringing with her a fabulous excuse for The Room at the Bay to break out the fancy schmancy hors d’oeuvres and bottles of champagne again. In the year and a half since The Room was relaunched, it’s garnered quite the reputation for throwing some of the best industry shindigs around (see here, here and here for the evidence).
ADR in a Giles Deacon Spring 2011 bandage print dress and Brian Atwood pumps with a gaggle of her biggest fans
Of course, delicious mini burgers and open-bar aside, the evening was about Anna Dello Russo and Tommy Ton, and boy was it ever. True to what we’ve come to expect of Dello Russo and her multiple outfit changes during each day of Fashion Month, the guest of honour kicked off the evening in a lovely pink bandage print Giles Deacon dress and matching Brian Atwood pumps, and then slipped away briefly at one point to don a new ensemble, returning in the standout yellow and blue lampshade dress from Mary Katrantzou’s Spring 2011 runway show. Not to be outdone, Ton kept up with a mid-party outfit swap of his own. This man, who brings us images of the most fabulous footwear from the streets of the world’s fashion capitals, has serious shoe game himself.
Toronto’s fashion set also did not disappoint, showing up at The Room’s invite-only soiree in amped up getups clearly inspired by ADR’s own outrageous looks over the past few years. There was colour, bling, and a sense of sartorial adventure in the air. The Room looked its best too, with over-sized street style snaps of Dello Russo by Ton, new Spring 2011 designer arrivals and inspired visual displays galore. The Bay demonstrated once again that they know how to throw a party, which was abundantly clear when, as the evening drew to a close, I spotted the guests of honour grooving with guests on the makeshift dance floor - Dello Russo in the DJ booth and Ton posing with the most glammed out transvestite I’ve ever laid eyes on. In a word? Epic.
In one of our very first posts ever, way back in April 2009, we named Anna Dello Russo, Editor-at-Large for Vogue Nippon, a sartorial heroine of our time. We’ve been following her countless Fashion Week outfit changes through the lenses of street style photographers ever since, and this week we have the opportunity to meet the larger-than-life fashion maven herself!
Dello Russo will be signing autographs at The Room at the Bay in Toronto on April 21, 2011, 11am-12pm. Her personal appearance will kick off “When Tommy Met Anna”, a photo exhibit of past street style snaps of Dello Russo by blogger Tommy Ton that will run until April 29th.
Can’t decide what to wear to meet the formidable ADR? Get inspired by some of our favourite shots by Ton of the lady herself in the gallery below.
This Celine ensemble is quite possibly the chicest outfit anyone has ever donned to walk the dog. But it’s Anna we’re talking about here, so I would expect nothing less than sophistication personified at all times. Is it sad that Anna’s dog Cucciolina lives a more fabulous life than I do?