H&M’s Next Big Fashion Collab

Versace for H&M….. Tom Ford for H&M? Whoa! Could H&M really grab another great fashion designer to follow Versace’s fashion range and set the fashion retail business on fire? We all hope so.

According to BusinessWeek, H&M is “keen to follow up its Versace collection with a fashion range designed by Tom Ford.” It’s a rumor that’s been around before – coincidentally (or not?), right after H&M last high-profile collaboration with Lanvin wrapped.

Tom Ford’s collab with H&M would mean a high profile release, press tour, and ad campaign. I think a lot of people would just want to the ad campaign or who’s featured in it. I anticipate these great designers’s collaboration as a continuing trend amongst retailers.

H&M’s creative adviser Margareta van den Bosch, said Tom Ford is “a very interesting name,” and that she “wouldn’t mind” doing a collaboration with him. She told BusinessWeek she’d had no contact with the designer(yet) and Tom Ford’s camp declined to comment on the story. So it seems about fifty-fifty that this could actually happen, at this point. But a girl can hope right?

This should be an ongoing story in the fashion community and it will be interesting to see how it plays out!


Valentino Expands His Brand Visually With Museum of Images and Runway Shows

A museum of this capacity can easily span over 100,000 sq. ft., however, Valetino chose to use kilobytes of data to capture over 50 years of his life’s work. This virtual museum will include over 300 dresses from Valetino’s archives as well as sketches, illustrations, ad campaigns, editorials and photos of events and red carpet moments. A library of 5,000 images and 95 runway show videos.

Valentino explains in an interview with WWD:

I see it as part of my legacy. I am happy that thousands of students, young designers and fashion people will be able to see and study my work in every aspect of it, and in a manner easy and accessible for the younger generations. But it is also important to remember things of the past, to review the fashion that has shaped our lives. I would call it ‘Future Memory.

The museum’s digital design includes Roman Architecture and lighting tributing Valentino’s first built fashion house that was established in Rome. Giancarlo Giametti, Valentino’s business partner, was excited about this 24/7 museum and thinks there will be more of them in the future. Giametti and Valetino will stream their press conference live on youtube on Dec. 5.

Lost Collections: Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2012 Collection Hits the Black Market.

Lost maybe vaguely put. Let’s try stolen! The collection was scheduled to show in London as part of a press day. An email was sent to attendees that the range had been stolen in transit from France to the UK.

“Dear all, The Marc Jacobs PR team is sorry to inform you that our press day tomorrow in the Marc Jacobs store is cancelled, due to the theft of the Spring/Summer 2012 collections during its transfer from Paris”

This is definitely a story that should be followed as fashion magazines will struggle to shoot the new collection as apart of its spreads.

Check it out in the news via ABC news.