>> Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming Versace for H&M Cruise 2012 ad campaign. Reportedly shot over 24 hours, the images show a glammed-up Abbey Lee Kershaw — complete with '50s-era coif and red lipstick — lounging poolside with fellow Versace for H&M veteran River Viiperi. The collection doesn't hit stores in Europe and the UK until Jan. 19 — and won't be available in the US at all — and official campaign images are yet to be released, but click through to get a peek at what's to come.
>> The best of the new arrivals, all in one place. With the flood of Resort 2012 pieces taking over stores, a few Spring 2012 items trickling in, and all the Holiday 2011 items still lingering about, the shopping options this time of year seem nearly endless. So, which of the just-in pieces are topping our list this week? Think ponyhair pumps from Alexander McQueen, a hyper-floral shift from Erdem, and drool-worthy handbags from 3.1 Phillip Lim — just to name a few. Shop all those, plus more, here in the slideshow.
>> Escape the gift-buying bustle and cold-city hustle — the season's sunnier side is all about jet-setting in style. In bold primary hues, graphic prints, and easy shapes, these pack-now essentials will have you in a cruise state of mind in no time. See them all now.
Photo: Stella McCartney Resort 2012, courtesy of Getty
>> With so many newbies (Prabal Gurung, Joseph Altuzarra) joining established Cruise veterans (Michael Kors, Chanel), the number of designers presenting Resort collections this year topped out at nearly 200. That's a pretty hefty number — one that pushes Resort from a mere rest stop between two big seasons to a definitive moment all on its own. It also means more outfits than ever for whatever holiday-fêting, jet-setting, beach-lounging, city-cruising adventure one has in mind. Here's a look at some of the most dominant themes to emerge during the biggest Resort season yet.
(At left, a look from Celine Resort 2012)
>> After getting a preview last month, a first look at the full set of the second Versace for H&M collaboration — for Cruise 2012 — is out. Unlike the first collection, this set — which launches Jan. 19 — will only be available to buy online on www.hm.com in Sweden, the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Norway — unfortunately not in the US.
>> The new limited-edition sneaks from Suno are cheery, chic — and super affordable; perfect for Holiday gifting and beyond. Priced at $65, the canvas shoes come in two styles — lace-ups and slip-ons — and are printed in Suno's signature graphic patterns. "It made perfect sense to us to make a classic, easy tennis shoe. We chose some of our favorite kanga-inspired prints for the shoes, which are all being produced in Kenya with soles made entirely from recycled rubber," says co-creative director Erin Beatty. Click through to shop all the new styles — a portion of the proceeds from each sale is donated to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
>> Piamita, the new line from W's Karla Martinez and designer Cecilia de Sola, combines classic pajama shapes with sleek tailoring — resulting in a collection of luxury loungewear that's just too pretty to keep hidden. Priced from $180 (for tank tops) to $450 (for dresses), the debut Resort 2012 collection is available at Shopbop and Barneys, and features menswear-inspired oxfords, flowy tap pants, and graphically-printed column dresses in silk and chiffon. Click through to see and shop the entire lookbook, modeled by Julia Stegner.
Photos Courtesy of Piamita
Joseph Altuzarra is one of the coolest, most talented new designers out there right now — as evidenced by his 2011 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund win just a couple nights ago. He has quickly become known for his sexy, utilitarian take on feminine dressing, and his uncomplicated approach to separates. For Resort, Altuzarra went slightly conservative, but still youthful giving off a polished, French insouciant vibe — punctuated by short formal dresses, cropped, shrunken day jackets, and sleek, feminine skirt suits. We viewed the line during a sit-down brunch hosted by Neiman Marcus San Francisco and the designer, and we were delighted to see the sweet, classic-cool pieces up close and personal.
FabSugar: What's your favorite part of this collection?
Joseph Altuzarra: The eyelet! We did a lot of classic eyelets from Switzerland that are hand-embroidered, and also some really cool digital eyelet prints and knit eyelet pieces as well. Putting together the moodboard, we knew we wanted to do a ton of eyelet, and overall wanted a very St.-Tropez, Brigitte Bardot feeling. We also injected a '90s vibe into it, because we wanted it to have a connection to Fall as well. Resort is much more tied to what the customer wants, and because there isn't a show you can design less editorially, and more commercially — which is a great thing.
Find out more about the collection, as well as Joseph's Winter party dressing tips and what's on his holiday wish list when you keep reading.