Versace is the latest luxury brand to team up with chain store H&M to produce a collaborative collection; this one will "look back to the vibrant heritage of the brand, full of leather, print, colour and exuberance". There will also be cushions and a bedspread, possibly alluding to the brand's glamorous kitsch factor. The line will be available in H&M stores in November.
Lady Gaga has also been having a Versace moment, with creative director Donatella Versace opening up the archives to the singer for the first time since the passing of her brother, Versace founder Gianni, in 1997. Gaga has been photographed wearing several vintage pieces, like the bondage leather piece she wears in the music video for Edge of Glory, and the boldly coloured scarf prints from the spring 1991 collection.
"The best fashion show is always on the street. Always has been and always will." So says legendary New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham in a charming documentary that chronicles his life and work; a portrait of a talented but unassuming artist who has dedicated his life to highlighting fashion and social trends as seen on the streets and events of New York City. After having successful film festival screenings here and overseas, the Richard Press-directed film Bill Cunningham New York is getting a wider release in cinemas from July 7 - a definite Viva film recommendation.
* We have a poster and five double passes to the film to give away, plus 15 extra double passes for runners-up. To enter, send your name, address and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org, with "Bill Cunningham New York" in the subject line. Entries close July 3, winners announced July 6. One entry per person.
Moving on and in
Fashion designer Ingrid Starnes is continuing her collaborative streak by opening a store in conjunction with Tessuti next month. Located in Auckland's Herne Bay, the store will combine full collections from Starnes with homewares and gifts from the luxury interiors store, including Missoni Home, L'Occitane and Herve Gambs. It will be located in a heritage building at 224 Jervois Rd, near popular cafe Zus & Zo. Starnes has recently shared a retail space with fellow designer Miss Crabb on Ponsonby Rd, and will hold a "moving out sale" from July 1-15.
If you're into vintage luxury, get into Auckland's Made boutique. They are selling a range of vintage authentic luxury bags, shoes and accessories from the likes of Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Prada, Balenciaga, Chanel and more. Ph (09) 366 1693.
Local menswear label I Love Ugly has opened an online store, where you can pre-order pieces from their great winter 2011 collection - like this caramel waffle knit merino cardigan ($210), only available via the store.
Kingan Jones has again opened a pop-up store this week. Bag a bargain from the temporary outlet open daily until July 2 from 10am until 5pm at 50 Upper Queen St, Newton.
Yvonne Bennetti has opened a bridal boutique above her Jervois Rd store, an intimate salon space where she can dress brides, bridesmaids and mother-of-the-bride. There is a selection of wedding gowns for brides to try on, which are altered or made to order - Bennetti is also offering one-off bespoke gowns. By appointment only, (09) 361 2388.