Having had a first-hand, up-close look at the soon-to-be-released H&M + Versace collection, I’m happy to report the following. The collection will be launched first in Asia on 17 November 2011 at 8 in the morning in Singapore, which only means you’ll have to start queuing from the day before. Each person in the queue will be allotted 10 minutes to shop, and they will only be allowed to buy one piece per design from the collection.
And as far as the collection proper is concerned, I’m quite pleased with the quality and the finishing of it all. The leather pieces in the collection are made of genuine leather (from Anna Della Russo’s studded dress right down to the pink patent mini bags).
The mens shirts (the ones in pink, blue and black with the tipped collar detailing) are not bad either, as are the accessories from belts to cuffs and rings to scarves for both the guys and the gals. I could go on and on, but in interest of keeping everything short and sweet (trust me, I tend to drivel on sometimes), here are my 10 must-buy pieces from the collaboration collection.
Love the detailing, especially the buttons on this bomber jacket (SGD249). Not as hard to carry off as previously thought, and much nicer than the all-pink ensemble. Also look for a wool trench with leather sleeves, which wasn’t featured in the look book that’s pretty dapper.
Loving the geometric shirt (SGD79.90) as well, the cap (though you need to look like Edison Chen to pull it off), the cuff and the belt (surprisingly not as blinding in person) as well as the cotton trunks which are fun and whimsical.
01. Studded leather belt, SGD99.90
02. Cap, SGD39.90
03. Croc tee, SGD39.90
04. Cotton trunks, SGD24.90
05. Studded leather cuff, SGD49.90
Ladies, you’re spoilt for choice, but as much as I love the ADR studded leather dress, it is not something everyone can successfully pull off without looking like a dominatrix. Pieces to check out include the black silk dresses, the metallic-mesh dresses in gold and silver, as well as the bright and colourful leggings (shown above).
Other pieces include the leather bracelet with floral embellishments, as well as the single sling mini-bags. Also look for a gold necklace with embellishments in the form of a sword and a shield which is very Givenchy, if you ask me.
06. Enamel floral ring, SGD39.90
07. Single sling mini-bag, SGD199
08. Silk dress, SGD249
09. Crocodile print scarf, SGD59.90
10. Printed leggings, SGD59.90
Besides apparel and accessories for both men and women, the H&M + Versace collection will also feature pieces for the home, a first for any collaboration. There will be 3 pieces available: a pillow, a cushion as well as a bedspread.
What is on your must-have list come 17 November?
Images & Video: H&M