Anna Dello who ? I might hear you say… Don’t worry, that would have been me a few months ago asking the same question. I really only came across Anna a few months back when I first started getting into fashion blogs and coming across her pictures at fashion shows featured on other blogs. Secretly I found some of her outfits totally over the top (OTT) like those “outfits” on the catwalk where you think to yourself – AS IF you you could walk down the street in that! But I’ve come to appreciate that fashion is art and it’s all about personal expression and the world would be pretty boring if everyone dressed the same and didn’t dare to push the boundaries. I read an interview by Susie Lau on Anna Dello Russo and appreciated where she came from a lot more. She’s like the Lady Gaga of fashion: She lives and breathes fashion as art and she has her own unique style. So despite being dubbed a ‘fashionista maniac’ the woman might know a thing or two given she is the creative editor-at-large for Vogue Japan and was previously the fashion editor at Vogue Italia.
Images via vogue.com
To be honest I wasn’t one of those die hard fan who lined up on the 4th of October at 6am at H&M flagship stores for the release of her collection which comprised of very extravagant statement jewellery, shoes, sunglasses and luggage pieces. Her pieces were luxurious – flashy gold jewellery and accessories mixed with vintage undertones. My friend V picked up some enamel bracelets with animal motifs that were really fun and when I wondered into the store on Saturday I appreciated that the accessories were OTT and that was the whole point; the range wouldn’t suit everyone.
The Anna Dello Russo display at H&M in Knightsbridge
Anna Dello Russo – Diamond Family Necklace £29.99
Enamel bracelets £24.95 – £35.95
I didn’t plan on picking up pieces having viewed the lookbook prior to the release. Some of belts and sunglasses screamed ‘Ghetto!’ to me but as I do have a weak spot for costume and statement jewellery … errr who am I kidding, any type of jewellery, so I caved in and pick up two pieces which caught my eye: The turquoise and gold enamel earrings and the matching boxed clutch above. I think both could be fun for a black cocktail event (um… not sure when I’ll be attending one of these anytime soon but that’s besides the point). The clutch was an impulse buy (eeeek!) as it’s very bold and flashy (not my usual style) but it had this erractic and luxurious vibe about it that I couldn’t seem to walk away from. Not sure if it will be a regretted purchase but if anything I think it’ll work well as a conversation starter in the future. The prices were all reasonable so I really can’t complain!
I don’t think this collaboration has been as popular or successful as those in the past (H&M – Marni, H&M Versace, H&M Jimmy Choo etc…) but I think there are always a few winners in every collection. I look forward to the next H&M collaboration that is released in November with Maison Martin Margiela which will feature menswear, womenswear and accessories but I won’t be lining up at 6am like most die hard fans when the collection is released. I value my sleep too much! I like the idea that designers are collaborating with the likes of high street retailer so people like us can at least have the opportunity to afford these brands.
Has anyone every bought from designer collaborations ? What did you buy and how happy were you with your purchases?