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Isabel Marant Coming To H&M. Get Ready to Rumble!

Suit up ladies and gents. Put your fashion armor on and velcro your Isabel Marant wedge sneaks. The Marant mob is coming and you’re going to have to be nimble and ready for all manner of sartorial sword fighting come November, because H&M just announced that its newest designer collab is with French fashion darling Isabel Marant. And for the first time, Marant will create a men’s collection as well. (Be forewarned, gentlemen: H&M harpies will snap up your clothes, too!)

The collection will be available starting November 14 in about 250 stores worldwide and online and will feature clothing and accessories for women, men and teenagers.

€œI am flattered by this collaboration: H&M works with the best designers and this invitation is an exciting honor,” said Marant in a statement released by H&M today. “I aim at creating something real, that women want to wear in their everyday lives, with a certain carelessness, which I think is very Parisian: You dress up, but do not pay too much attention and still look sexy. The collection is infused with this kind of easiness and attitude. Everything can be mixed following one€™s own instincts: My take on fashion is all about personality.”

Isabel Marant wedge sneaker, available at Forward by Elyse Walker.

Marant’s style may be stylishly laissez-faire but her legions of fans are anything but, and you can expect them out in full force for the launch of this collab in November.

The Parisian designer, who graduated from the prestigious Studio Ber§ot in Paris, actually launched her eponymous line in 1994 and has long had a cult following of chic fashion editors and style cognoscenti who adore her take on boho style mixed with masculine tailoring. But it was the launch of her wedge sneakers that rocketed her to the sartorial stratosphere a couple of years ago. The shoes sparked not only a massive clamoring and back-alley boutique tales of desperation to acquire the sneaks, but launched a massive footwear trend, many imitators and a legion of new fans not only for her footwear but for her ready to wear. Her clothes are routinely photographed on some of fashion’s biggest forces, from Jessica Biel to Alexa Chung, Victoria Beckham and many others.

Of all the many “admirers” who created similar versions of her sneaker and, well, ran with it, Marant told the Telegraph earlier this year that “everybody who has the wrong one looks quite bitchy, very vulgar, when mine are not at all.”

To that we say: Mme Marant, you have not truly seen bitchy and vulgar until you lay eyes upon the women clawing at your clothes in H&M this November. May the force be with us!

Watch Isabel Marant talk about the new H&M collab here:

 

 

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Revlon and Marchesa Team for a Haute Beauty Collab

Revlon by Marchesa Beauty Tools

Last year, Revlon and Marchesa teamed up for a limited-edition line of 3D nail appliqu©s that made beauty fanatics around the world give a collective gasp. For the collection, Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman took details and embroideries from some of their moost beautiful dresses and recreated them with painstaking accuracy for the gilt and jeweled nail stickers. But that was last year. For 2014, Revlon and Marchesa have teamed again for a limited edition line of beauty tools that will last longer than a stick-on mani and have the same beautiful attention to detail that made the first collab such a hit.

“We started by looking at all the various beauty tools that Revlon makes,” said Georgina Chapman. “We knew that we wanted to bring an elegant femininity to this collection and ultimately decided that the three designs should be inspired by three dresses from our Spring/Summer 2014 runway show. We think the result is quite romantic with the three intricate lace patterns.”

Revlon by Marchesa Starter Brush Kit

The resulting collection, which debuted exclusively online at Gilt a few days before Christmas and is just now being spotted in drugstores and mass retailers nationwide, integrates a lace pattern that was lifted right off of a dress that walked the runway.

The range, which is priced between $3.50 and $13.99, includes a Brush Kit, a Manicure Kit, a compact mirror, full-size and mini tweezers, and Revlon’s Box o’ Files. All of the items are limited-edition and available in three colorways: a luxe black and gold, a feminine pale pink and black and a bold navy and white.

While most of us don’t have a reason to wear a Marchesa gown — red carpet events are few and far between, after all — the Revlon by Marchesa collection gives everyone a reason to get a little glam. Paired with the nail appliqu©s (you did stock up, right?), you’ve got a beauty routine worthy of a screen siren.

The Revlon by Marchesa Collection is available now at mass retailers such as Target, Ulta and more.

 

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Monday Muse: Erin Fetherston Returns to Lincoln Center

Erin Fetherston Spring 2015

San Francisco-born, Paris-educated Erin Fetherston has been showing her collections in presentation format for the last few seasons, but this season, she brought her show back to the stage at Lincoln Center. You might remember her for a collaboration with Target back when the Go International Collaboration was still new and fresh (way back in 2007), but she’s maintained her namesake line as well as a diffusion line, ERIN Erin Fetherston as well as helming Juicy Couture in 2010 and collaborating with the lingerie line Cosabella. So while she might be under the radar for some, she’s kept busy (her wedding was featured in Martha Stewart Weddings and she designed her own dress, of course).

Erin Fetherston Spring 2015

All along, Fetherston has kept her signatures, and they were all present in her latest collection. The collection focused on a few botanical prints that Fetherston found from the ’60s.

They belonged to her grandmother, but the collection that walked Lincoln Center was thoroughly modern, with just a hint of the classic, cheeky, vintage vibe that her brand has been built on. Feminine frocks, matching pant-and-shell sets, maxi and midi skirts — a major shape in Fetherston’s oeuvre — all featured the delicate floral and looked perfect for summer weddings and garden parties alike.

But the collection also focused on shape: that maxi shape and even midi skirts were a focus for the designer, and she showed brocades and more in the lengths, modernizing them and taking them away from their usual boho vibe. Short shorts were done in black satin and a chartreuse jacquard, balancing that vintage ethos with a thoroughly current cut.

Party dresses — the brand’s bread and butter, no doubt — were available in whimsical and fun patterns, including striped sheer overlays, polka dots and more in black and silver. It was a return to form for a designer who is the best billboard for her own brand. Few designers live their label the way that Fetherston does, and she always looks cool, collected and fun in her creations — so it’s only natural that cool girls will be paying attention when these pieces hit stores next year.