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Alber Elbaz Did H&M Line So That All Women Could Afford Lanvin

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Alber Elbaz says the inspiration behind his H&M collaboration was to give all women the chance to wear his creations. The Lanvin artistic director has designed a range of affordable clothing for the Swedish high street brand and is keen to appeal to females who can't normally afford to buy his pieces.

"It was an exercise for me to understand what is the relationship between high fashion and fast fashion. Ninety-five per cent of women cannot afford Lanvin, so let them have a taste. It's like if I was living in a palace and opened some doors and said, 'Have tea with me, taste the food.' It's not about giving away something that belonged to someone else; it's about sharing."

Elbaz also insisted he didn't do the collaboration to be cool, he just wanted the Lanvin to be "relevant."

"The beauty of our business is that we can do things and then move on. This project with H&M was about being relevant to a moment. I have always said that we are not a cool brand. It's not about being cool or not. We try to be relevant. I'm not going into the cool club. It's not my address." The range hits stores this month.


First Look: Lanvin for H&M

H&M has finally thrown fashion junkies a bone.

After initially keeping their lips sealed with headless promos making fans guess who was to head the next designer collection, H&M finally announced Lanvin would be the line. Then there were the couple viral videos that showed a behind-the-scenes look at the campaign with the clothes censored and an Alber Elbaz tirelessly putting his creations to paper as two model French maids waited on him. In both instances, the H&M clothes didn't appear, and weren't expected to appear until the November 2nd online fashion show... until now!

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Items Du Jour: Lara Stone Loves ANTM, Teens Go Make-Up Free

Victoria Beckham on Marie Claire—Victoria Beckham sports Jean Paul Gaultier’s shoulder-padded bra for La Perla on the November issue of Marie Claire. As usual, she looks fabulous.

—Whether it’s her red carpet

fiascos looks or her Sesame Street drama, Katy Perry has caught the eye of knock-off

shoe designer Steve Madden. The pair are currently in talks to collaborate on a collection together; however, neither sides have yet to confirm.

—Model Lara Stone admits that she’s a huge fan of America’s Next Top Model. When asked about whether or not she’s learned anything from the shoe, she admits, “Smizeing. I’m good at that.”

—A quirky teaser video for Lanvin’s H&M collection is out. Check back on H&M’s site November 2nd for the line’s fashion show. The collection, however, won’t hit stores until November 20th.

—CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg is to launch a beauty range with ID Beauty. The first product, a perfume, is expected hit stores this fall. The rest of the line will include cosmetics and skin care products.

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Lanvin Revealed as H&M Designer

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Alber ElbazWhile they initially had people guessing, H&M revealed Lanvin to be the next fashion house to collaborate with the global brand.

The Swedish high street brand - which has previously collaborated with , Madonna and Karl Lagerfeld on cheaper ranges - has created a range of luxury clothes in conjunction with Lanvin’s artistic director Alber Elbaz, who has previously said he would never work with a mass market store.

“H&M approached us to collaborate, and to see if we could translate the dream we created at to a wider audience, not just a dress for less. I have said in the past that I would never do a mass-market collection, but what intrigued me was the idea of H&M going luxury rather than Lanvin going public. This has been an exceptional exercise, where two companies at opposite poles can work together because we share the same philosophy of bringing joy and beauty to men and women around the world.”

H&M’s creative advisor Margareta van den Bosch added the brand was “thrilled” about the collection: “We are thrilled about Lanvin’s collection for , it is such an exciting moment. Lanvin will bring to H&M a luxurious French tradition that is also modern and playful. It is very much a Lanvin collection, using their cut and tailoring, with lots of focus on form and details for both women and men.” The range will hit stories on November 23.

Items Du Jour: Nicole Richie Sues Kitson, Anne Hathaway Cuts Her Hair, H&M Teases

Miranda Kerr on Vogue Italia—Reality star-turned-fashion designer Nicole Richie is having difficulty with some of the stores her line is carried in. Majestic Mills, the company who owns her line Winter Kate, is going after Kitson for $240,000 worth of product given and not yet paid for.

—Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman gave birth to her first daughter, India Pearl, on Sunday night. This is Chapman’s first child with Hollywood producer husband Harvey Weinstein.

—Steven Meisel shot Miranda Kerr and her puppy for Vogue Italia. Does the puppy’s cuteness trump the cover’s 3-D-ness?

—For years, Anne Hathaway has proudly flashed her flowing, long brunette hair. Now the actress has chopped it off for a film role. What do you think of her new ‘do?

—Corrine Day, the fashion photographer noted for propelling Kate Moss’ career with their FACE editorial in 1990, passed away on Friday after a battle with brain cancer.

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Selita Ebanks Suffers For Fashion

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Selita Ebanks for H&MVictoria’s Secret model Selita Ebanks dislocated her shoulder to get a good picture.

The 27-year-old supermodel confesses her joint came out of its socket when she climbed a tree and slipped on a shoot for high street fashion chain , but she got straight back to work because she liked the pictures.

“I’m standing there and it’s a majestic moment: the sun is setting, the wind is blowing, I’m wearing this beautiful caftan and it’s blowing. Because I’m so into the moment I don’t know what I’m doing-and thank god my arm was wrapped around a branch-because I slipped and I can feel my shoulder displace from the rest of my body and I was hanging there, and everyone screamed. I managed to pull myself back up and I kept shooting. Just popped it right back in said let’s get back to work! You have to be tough. I still had about six more looks to shoot. I got back in the tree even though everyone protested, because I saw the pictures and they were just amazing.”

It is not the only time the Cayman Island-born beauty has hurt herself for style - she once cut her arm while strolling up the catwalk for Victoria’s Secret in 2008. However, it has not put her off modeling: “I would almost do anything for fashion. Almost.”

Olivia Wilde Dreams of Fashion Finds

Olivia WildePerhaps due to looking at too many recent Rihanna pictures, Olivia Wilde is on a quest to wear sharp-shouldered jackets.

The House actress loves wearing fashionable, daring outfits so much she dreams about them while she sleeps and is on a mission to continually extend her wardrobe.

“I even dream of buying a Balmain jacket with really sharp shoulders. If I can pull off that look, I will have succeeded, at least partially, in my quest. A cool leather jacket is my security blanket. No matter what I have on underneath, I feel more like myself when I’m wearing one.”

The 25-year-old beauty also looks in High Street stores for quirky outerwear which she will mix with designer brands.

“Coats from H&M are inexpensive and usually have something extra going on - so even with a simple sheath dress, your outfit is still interesting. I own a lot of Helmut Lang. The pieces are practical in the sense that you can wear them every day, but they’re not boring at all.”

First Look: H&M Holiday 2009 Collection

H&M Holiday 2009

Sequins, glitter, and knits galore! H&M has launched the images featuring a look at their Holiday 2009 collection. The international retail chain seems to have the best of both holiday worlds—the glitz and glamor as well as the traditional, sweaters and mittens (Gap much?).

The campaign (more pictures after the break) features models Sasha Pivovarova, Missy Rayder, Malgosia Bela, Ben Hill and Ryan Thomas.

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Christian Louboutin Turned Diffusion Line Down

Christian Louboutin, shoe god

Even though it seems as if everyone is doing a diffusion line for either H&M, Target, or other major retail chain, there’s one designer who is counting himself out: Christian Louboutin.

While he’s happy to shell out his time and effort for Barbie, it seems as if the shoe designer has no other collaborations in mind: “They [H&M] proposed me to do the diffusion line and I declined… Not that I don’t think it’s an interesting idea, but it’s a lot of work really, so it’s just difficult for me to do it.”

When asked about whether he would consider such a project in the future, my dreams of purchasing an affordable pair of his godlike creations were crushed. A girl can dream, eh?

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Jimmy Choo for H&M Video Surfaces

You saw the images of Jimmy Choo’s H&M line. Now you can get a better experience and effect from the collection when you watch the ad campaign, which features Sasha Pivovarova and Edita Vilkeviciute.

Hopefully you’re doing a better job than I am at saving up for the line, which hits stores November 14th in 200 stores across the country. One must also note that, unlike the other lines released on Thursdays, this one comes out on a Saturday (and it’s Jimmy Choo!)... Just sayin’.

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