Tonight I attended the press preview in Los Angeles for the Alexander Wang x H&M Collection. The collection goes on sale tomorrow, Nov 6, 2014. In a word, this collection is a miss. It’s dreadful. Cheap fabrication, poor fit and dreary. Most designers launch colorful holiday collections at this time of year. Remember L’Wren Scott for Banana Republic? Or H&M’s Lanvin Collection with all the beautifully colored holiday dresses. This is the opposite. This is goth athletic wear. The color palette is gray and black. There’s no sparkle or bling, just big WANG branding on the pieces. That’s right, you wear these garments, you become a walking WANG billboard. Although H&M is one of my favorite budget fashion destinations, I can’t recommend Alexander Wang x H&M to my readers or H&M shoppers. And this collection is not cheap. Dresses start at $59.00 US and there are jackets for $349.00 US. Continue reading
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It’s not news, if you want to shop the Alexander Wang line for H&M on Nov. 6, then you’ll have to get up early and wait in line OR devote part of your morning to trying to access the H&M website to order. H&M has now officially published their guidelines on how to shop the Alexander Wang x H&M collection this week. This is no news to aficionados of the H&M collections or eBay sellers. If you love this sporty, fashion scuba diving homage then you just might want ot got the details on what you need to do to purchase Alexander Wang x H&M. Continue reading
Halloween is over and now some retailers are telling us that Black Friday starts as November begins. Anxious to pump up the peak retail season, Amazon and Walmart are already proclaiming their Black Friday deals. I’ll be interested to see if consumers take the bait, because usually, the deals get better later in December the closer we get to Christmas. Since Black Friday is no longer just one day, consumers just keep waiting for the prices to drop. So what are Amazon and Walmart doing to bring in customers. Mostly specials on electronics and toys. Look for deals at Walmart at their upcoming “Cyber Event” on Monday, Nov. 3rd. At Amazon, the deals will roll on through the holiday season with two special deals each day.
If you love a deal, you might want to check out H&M’s website today for clearance priced Halloween related fashions. From now until midnight EST you can shop cool styles with an attitude for up to 70% off. Valid on hm.com only. Some prices are reported as low as $1.00 US, which is hard to resist. It’s too late for this year’s Halloween, but you can shop and get ready for 2015. Most of the deals range from $10.00 to $15.00 US.
A few weeks ago we had a giveaway of a Kohl’s Gift Card in the amount of $250.00. The giveaway was to promote of Kohl’s new rewards program. Kohl’s Rewards offer shoppers points for every dollar they spend at Kohl’s. And just like a Frequent Flyer program you can accumulate points which turn into rewards you can use to shop at Kohl’s for free. The response to our giveaway was overwhelming, we had over 6, 950 entries! Rachel B was the winner of the giftcard giveaway, and she is super excited to go shopping at Kohl’s. She can’t wait to get a head start on her holiday shopping with her gift card. Congrats to Rachel and thanks to all who entered! Watch this space for more great deals at Kohl’s.
Dame Helen Mirren has been announced as the new face of L’Oreal beauty products. It’s a stunning move for a global brand to chose an older woman in today’s youth obsessed culture to be the face of their brand. In an era when so many women are obsessed with aging and using fillers and botox, it’s so refreshing to see the natural looking Dame Helen looking gorgeous and natural in the photos L’Oreal has released. I’ve reviewed L’Oreal products here on The Recessionista and I think their skincare products are affordable and effective. Their labs have been innovative in developing Retinol products for anti-aging. Dame Helen is a great choice for any ad campaign, she’s a great role model, someone who looks good, but isn’t altering her appearance dramatically as she ages. Continue reading
The maker of the world’s best known trench coat, Burberry, will be honored with the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style® Award on November 19, 2014 in Beverly Hills. The award is the Los Angeles’ equivalent of an Oscar for fashion. The Rodeo Drive Walk of Style celebrates style legends for contributions to the worlds of fashion and entertainment. Burberry will be the twenty-second honoree. The British luxury brand deserves this honor, they weathered the great recession, maintained their quality (while so many others have not) and they continue to produce beautiful, classic clothes. Continue reading
H&M has announced a new book available in select stores on November 6th to coincide with their Alexander Wang x H&M launch. Entitled, The First Ten Years, this one-hundred and forty page collector’s edition will feature the designs and imagery from Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Viktor & Rolf, Roberto Cavalli, Commes des Garcons, Matthew Williamson, Jimmy Choo, Sonia Rykiel, Lanvin, Versace, Marni, Maison Martin Margiela, Isabel Marant and Alexander Wang. The book will retail for $34.95, available for purchase November 6, 2014 at select H&M store locations throughout the US. 25% of the cover price will go to UNICEF. Continue reading
The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. In case you forgot , it’s time to schedule your Mammogram and get checked. If Breast Cancer is detected early, the survival rate with treatment is a very high 98%. So please take the time to schedule your exam. I am doing this myself this month. It’s not pleasant and certainly nothing we look forward to, but it is necessary. For the month of Oct. 2014 some fashion retailers and are donating proceeds from Pink items to Breast Cancer research or their own charities. Here’s a round-up of what looks good and supports a good cause. Continue reading
The QVC “FFANY Shoe Sale” is now on via QVC TV and the QVC website. The sale will includes many great designer shoes at discounted prices. The purpose of the QVC sale is to raise funds in the the fight against breast cancer. In addition to offering great deals, the QVC presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale” event benefits breast cancer research. Continue reading