Donatella Versace doesn't do anything by halves so it was no suprise that the launch of the Versace x H&M collection in New York last night was a swanky affair.
Pier 57 in Manhattan's Meatpacking District was taken over and transformed into a huge runway space to show off the limited edition collection to guests including Blake Lively, Uma Thurman, Oprah Winfrey, Sophia Coppola, Alexander Wang and Jessica Alba. As reported, Prince and Nicki Minaj both hit the stage to perform at the after-party after sitting front row at the show.
“It was the perfect evening, so glamorous and special," Versace said today. "I loved celebrating the launch of Versace for H&M here in New York, an iconic city in which to showcase this iconic collection. Now I cannot wait for it to finally reach stores and be available to the world." When interviewed last night, H&M's creative director, Margareta van der Bosch, couldn't be any more complimentary about the retailer's partnership with the brand. “Donatella Versace has taken us at H&M on an incredible journey since she began designing the collection for us earlier this year, and last night’s fashion event was the perfect culmination," she explained. "She has given us the essence of the Versace brand, and last night that came to life with a magical catwalk show that we’ll never forget.”
Fashion week may be over but everyone is still talking about the Marc Jacobs alleged move to Dior from Louis Vuitton. Back in September Anna Dello Russo, Hamish Bowles and Mickey Boardman were three big names who came forward and publicly supported Jacobs as the brand's new creative director and according to Vogue UK, Jacobs has the support of another big editor.
Yesterday at her book signing in London's Dover Street Market, Carine Roitfeld spoke highly of the American designer and supported the reported move. “He understands the company, how it works and how to work with them. He’s been given the shoulders to do the Dior job already. He’s never done couture though, so I’d be really excited to see him do couture for Dior," she told Vogue UK. "He’s a very smart person. If Marc gets the job, I won’t miss a single show.”
When I heard the rumours that Marc Jacobs is set for Dior, I didn't take them seriously but after Anna Dello Russo confirmed the reports to Fashionista this week, it looks like their might weight to the speculation after all. Whether true or not, Jacobs definitely has support from the industry if he were ever to decide to jump ship to the brand.
“I love it," Mickey Boardman told The Cut of the rumours at the Cynthia Rowley show. "I heard that rumor that Marc was going there, and that Phoebe Philo was going to do Celine and Louis Vuitton, and I think that would be amazing ... originally I thought I'd hate for him to leave Louis Vuitton because he's done such a genius job there, but then Hal Rubenstein mentioned to me it would be amazing for Marc to do couture...I totally support Marc Jacobs for Dior. Tell Mr. Arnault that I say that.." And Hamish Bowles was complimentary of the alleged move too. "I think that [Jacobs's] work is so referential in an exciting way, he can take a reference and do something intriguing with it, so it would be exciting to see him unleashed on such an astonishing archive as that house," he said.