Mark November 20th on your shopping calendar.
WWD reported that the next big 'collab' for Swedish retail giant H&M is with Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz. Not since Karl Lagerfeld designed his capsule collection for H&M have I been this excited about a masstige marriage. Alber is known for tweaking the French luxury tradition with a sensibility that is modern and playful and the H&M collection is reported to be all about Lanvin's cut and tailoring with a focus on form and details for both women and men. Images of the collection will be available on the H&M website on November 2. I may sleep on the sidewalk for this one.
I am a huge fan of Isabel Toledo. A highly respected part of the New york design scene for over 20 years, she has long been a fashion insider's favorite. Until now, you could only find her designs at stores like Barneys or boutiques like Ikram in Chicago -where Michelle Obama was first introduced to her beautiful clothes. The wool lace dress and coat ensemble Toledo designed for Mrs. Obama's Inaugural look propelled her onto the national stage and the kind of name recognition that wins masstige collabs at Target and Payless. Her shoe range for Payless is as varied as a sexy satin-look D'orsay pump with sky high heels to a wooly boot that captures fall's love of fur trims. I went straight for the masculine/feminine appeal of the Ghillie.
Part ballet flat meets menswear, they'll will look just right with ankle cropped black pants. At $34.99 they are a cheap and chic transition flat- post sandals and pre-boots. I'll add a gel insole to compensate for the lack of give in the man made nylon. I'm betting they'll be a handy rain shoe on crap days as they have a sturdy and cool looking rubber sole.