>> A blond Lindsey Wixson and Daphne Groeneveld star in the surrealist, minute-long Versace for H&M TV commercial, directed by Jonas Akerlund. Daphne clones are pumped out on a conveyor belt in one scene; in another, Donatella Versace pulls on ropes attached to the two models like marionettes; and in still another, Versace picks up Groeneveld by thumb and forefinger as she runs up a staircase. The spot ends with Donatella turning around and pronouncing, "My house, my rules, my pleasure." Watch it here, now.
>> Tonight, Donatella Versace is transforming Pier 57 in New York into the "Versace For H&M Hall on the Hudson," for the collaboration's fashion show. Three videos by Johan Renck — one of which in previews had Lindsey Wixson running on an oversized hamster wheel — will debut during the extravaganza, both Nicki Minaj and Prince will give musical performances, and even Versace herself contributed to the show soundtrack. Her vocals — in English — were recorded for one track. “It’s the funniest thing because I can’t sing,” she laughed. “I’m going to say, ‘Nicki and Prince, your time is over. It’s all about me!’” But she's not the only Versace involved in the production — daughter Allegra, who has been taking a more active role in the company, assisted stylist Joe McKenna on fittings.
As for star power at the show, Versace presented Jennifer Lopez with her Glamour Women of the Year All-Star award last night — maybe Lopez will make an appearance. Versace also name-checked Kristen Stewart, Carey Mulligan, and Elizabeth Olsen as rising stars she'd like to work with. “Of course, I love Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj,” she said. “They’re not afraid to dare. It’s been a while since someone went out there and didn’t listen too much to the marketing people. You still have to listen to them but not 100 percent.”
Donatella Versace Dishes on Celebrities She Wants to Dress, Why She Initially Turned Down H&M, and More
Tonight, Donatella Versace will host a runway show for her highly anticipated Versace for H&M collection — check out the complete collection here — in NYC. True to Versace form, we don't expect anything less than amazing with a guest list that includes Jessica Alba, Selma Blair, Chace Crawford, Chloe Moretz, and Uma Thurman to name a few. Additionally, Prince and Nicki Minaj are also set to perform during show. But apparently, the collaboration almost didn't happen. Donatella turned down H&M's offer when they initially approached her two years ago. "I wanted to work to stabilize the main collection everywhere in the world,” said Versace. “We were strong in most places, but other places we had to work.” The designer also mentioned that she would like to dress Kristen Stewart, Carey Mulligan, and Elizabeth Olsen. We'll be at tonight's show, reporting all the news from the red carpet, so be sure to follow us on Twitter! For now, check out a few more juicy quotes from Donatella's interview with WWD below.
- On singing on a soundtrack for the upcoming runway show: “It’s the funniest thing, because I can’t sing. I’m going to say, ‘Nicki and Prince, you’re time is over. It’s all about me!’”
- On Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj: “Of course, I love Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj. They’re not afraid to dare. It’s been awhile since someone went out there and didn’t listen too much to the marketing people. You still have to listen to them but not 100 percent.”
>> H&M hasn't yet released the TV commercial for its upcoming Versace collaboration, but a behind-the-scenes look at the set — complete with a few quick clips from the commercial — was released today. Lindsey Wixson runs on a hamster wheel, and Daphne Groeneveld is floated off a staircase by a wire — both while dressed like teenage Donatella Versace. As for the set itself, H&M's creative director describes it best: "I think we actually used all the gold paint in London that was available for this job." [Refinery29]
The full Versace For H&M lookbook is here. The collection, which launches in select countries on Nov. 17 and in the US on Nov. 19, runs from $19.95 costume jewelry up to $299 for a leather jacket and the studded leather dress Anna Dello Russo wore. Also included in the offering for the first time — home decor, which consists of pillows, priced $29.95 and $39.95, and a bedspread, at $149.
“The collection for H&M is the essence of Versace,” Donatella Versace stated. “For the collaboration we’ve brought back from the archives, as well as from more recent collections, some of the icons of Versace, such as the bright prints, the Greek key, and daring cuts. I can’t wait to see how H&M’s wide audience will make these pieces their own.”
A complete look — plus price info — in the slideshow.
We're on pins and needles waiting for the highly anticipated Versace for H&M collection, launching on Nov. 19, and the slow release of photos on the web and in magazines has been one long tease. Until V-day, we suggest you satiate your fashion hunger with these newly released images of the collection, featuring Daphne Groeneveld and Abbey Lee Kershaw, wearing an array of sexy minidresses, printed bomber jackets, and cool accessories. We've also gathered all the images that have been released so far to give you the most complete look at the collection available. Are you going to wait in line for this collaboration? Check out the slideshow, and tell us which piece you're jonesing after.
>> In a month or so, Versace's H&M collection will hit stores. We've gotten a glimpse of the goods, which will be paraded in full on Nov. 8 during a runway show in New York. Now, the campaign has started popping up, featuring Versace favorites Daphne Groeneveld, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Lindsey Wixson, and Sasha Pivovarova — all blonde — styled by Joe McKenna and photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
>> The Versace for H&M collection won't be available until it hits select H&M stores in mid November, but details — and images — from the collection are slowly starting to trickle in. Earlier this month Vogue, Vogue UK, and Vogue Russia released a bevy of photos from the collection, and WWD recently reported that H&M will fete the capsule on Nov. 8 in New York City. On the list of events? A pop-up boutique, a runway show, and an after party — all of which Donatella Versace will reportedly be in town to attend. Here, an up-close look at a few choice pieces gathered from the Vogue Russia spread, featuring iconic Gianni-era leopard-neon prints, studded body-con dresses (around $200), Op Art floral blouses and leggings (about $30), and eye-catching chain-mail jewels (around $30).
>> H&M has announced its next collaborator: Versace. Donatella Versace looked back at the house archives to reinterpret classic Versace designs from 1978 to today — "iconic Versace pieces [from] iconic Versace moments" as she put it — for the collection, which will encompass around 40 pieces for women, as well as a 20-piece collection for men and a selection of homeware (think bedspreads and pillows).
Since the collection is debuting on November 17 (in 300 stores worldwide and online) — right in the thick of party season, as Margareta van den Bosch, creative advisor at H&M, points out — it will be dominated by gold studded leather dresses (one of which Donatella was "so excited" about that she wore yesterday to take her bow at the Versace men's show), colorful silk and print dresses, high heels, and costume jewelry.
Versace also designed a Pre-Spring collection for H&M that will be exclusively available in countries with H&M online sales (Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Holland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the United Kingdom) starting on January 19, 2012. See Versace talk about the collaboration in the video below, and preview the collection in the slideshow.
Versace, that storied Italian brand known for luxury and total bombshell sexiness, has partnered with H&M on a capsule collection to be released November 17, 2011. According to WWD, the collection will focus on the brand's heritage, and will include men's, women's, and home. In a video posted on Versace's website, Donatella reveals, "Of course there will be print. Of course there will be leather. It's going to be bold. It's going to be glamorous. It's going to be exciting. [It's going to be] rock'n'roll." As evidence, Donatella wore one of the dresses from the forthcoming collection when she took her bow at the Milan men's show yesterday. What does that mean? We have a sneak peek at a few designs from the forthcoming collection, as well as highlights from seasons past and memorable looks from the glamazon herself, Donatella. Just click our slideshow.