>> From recent releases to much-loved classics, these coffee table tomes promise to make the perfect addition to any fashion fiend's collection. Featuring drop-dead images from legendary photographers like Mario Testino, Patrick Demarchelier, and Richard Avedon; insider info from industry icons Daphne Guinness, Carine Roitfeld, and Valerie Steele; and sublime collections from Christian Dior, Christian Louboutin, and more — these 15 books are some of the chicest to give this holiday season. After all, there's nothing like being well-dressed and well-read.
>> H&M already has its next designer collaboration lined up: Marni. The collection, which encompasses womenswear, menswear, jewelry, shoes, bags, and scarves, hits 260 H&M stores worldwide and online on March 8, 2012.
Look forward to tribal prints mixed with colorful Bauhaus graphics: "I wanted to create a true Marni wardrobe by revisiting all our favorite pieces in signature fabrics and prints," explains Consuelo Castiglioni. "As always, I love juxtaposing prints and colors, mixing modern tribal with Bauhaus graphic adding sporty utilitarian elements."
According to the collection's press release: "For women, the colors are vivid and the prints are bold, be they African inspired or simpler color blocks. The silhouettes are all Marni staples, with full pleated skirts, dresses, cropped trousers and jacquard knit, and fabrics range from silk to crisp cotton poplin. For men, the colors and fabrics are softened for a relaxed take on menswear staples that is truly Marni. The use of print is subtle, often as a lining or as a contrast detail for shirts, the silhouette a modern and relaxed take on masculine classics."
A further peek at the collection in the video below.
>> This evening at London's Savoy Theatre, a who's who of British fashion gathered for The British Fashion Council's annual awards. Victoria Beckham, accepting her Designer Brand of the Year award from presenter Marc Jacobs, told the crowd, "I am SO nervous," before shedding a few tears and adding: "This is rubbish." Alexa Chung, who took home the British Style award — which is decided by a public vote — dedicated her award to "girls who dress like awkward boys." Kate Hudson, presenting Red Carpet Award to Stella McCartney, regaled the audience with an anecdote about the dress McCartney designed for her to wear to her first Oscars: "I wore Stella and made every worst-dressed list. The next day, I called Stella, and she said, 'Face it babe, it was the hair.'" And finally, Sarah Burton, who took home Designer of the Year, called the award "the icing on the cake for what has been an amazing year."
The full list of winners, below.
Designer of the Year: Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen
Menswear Designer of the Year: Kim Jones
Accessory Designer of the Year: Charlotte Dellal for Charlotte Olympia
Designer Brand of the Year: Victoria Beckham
Model of the Year: Stella Tennant
Emerging Talent, Womenswear: Mary Katrantzou
Emerging Talent, Menswear: Christopher Raeburn
Emerging Talent, Accessories: Tabitha Simmons
New Establishment Award: Christopher Kane
Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Sam Gainsbury, Gainsbury and Whiting
Red Carpet Award: Stella McCartney
Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Award: Paul Smith
British Style Award: Alexa Chung
>> Earlier this month, street style favorite — and Harper's Bazaar senior market editor — Joanna Hillman married businessman Aram Green at Locanda Verde in New York City. She wore a slip dress from the Rochas archive — sent by Marco Zanini — for the ceremony and switched to a black Dolce & Gabbana dress for the afterparty. Photos from the festivities at the link. [Harper's Bazaar]
>> Azzedine Alaia rents out three apartments next door to his atelier, at 5 Rue de Moussy in Paris. Converted from a loft in a traditional 17th century building, the three 1,100-square-foot apartments (one one-bedroom, two two-bedrooms) are furnished with Jean Prouve, Marc Newson, and Arne Jacobsen pieces from Alaia's private collection. Breakfast is served from the designer's private kitchen. See inside the apartments in the slideshow.
>> Buckle up. The classic fastener meets its match in this season's sky-high platform boots. Whether fur-trimmed and rugged or streamlined and sleek, these statement boots pack just the right amount of tough-girl punch. Pair with skinny jeans, leather leggings, or tights and a flippy mini for cold-weather style perfection — or, wear with a cozy sweater dress for a bit of dressed-down cool. Peep 22 of the chicest styles — including drool-worthy versions from Proenza Schouler, Ash, Burberry, and more — here, in the slideshow.
>> While Stella McCartney is continuing to show her collection in Paris for Fall 2012, she's also planning on unveiling a one-off capsule collection with a presentation during the upcoming London Fashion Week in February. McCartney, who is the creative director for Adidas Team GB (and therefore created the uniforms for Britain's Olympic athletes), has designed the collection — which will be available in May — as a nod to the 2012 London Olympic games.
McQ is also joining McCartney on the London Fashion Week schedule in February, where its Fall 2012 collection will be presented with a catwalk show, as a preview to its first stand-alone store opening in London's Mayfair next Spring.
>> On the heels of the throwback shimmery, animal-printed Holiday 2011 collection, Versace for H&M is back for another round. Donatella Versace also developed a Pre-Spring 2012 collection for H&M — complete with fruit prints — that will be available exclusively in countries with H&M online sales (currently only Sweden, the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Norway) from Jan. 19. As for US citizens — since H&M isn't launching an online shop in the US until Fall 2012 — the best source for nabbing the collection will likely be eBay.