But yesterday when I popped into H&M to checkout the Anna Dello Russo (ADR) for H&M collection, Staten Island & New Jersey were all I could see. ADR clearly subscribes to the blinged out, sexed up, over-the-top aesthetic that is so ubiquitous in these places.
The fashion community may hate me for saying this, but what else should one expect from a a 50 year old woman who frequently wears the bittiest of skirts, plunging necklines and skin tight cut-out dresses?! As Vogue Japan's editor at large, ADR undoubtedly has big time fashion chops and a unique point of view, but this doesn't translates into designing pieces that women actually want to wear.
The collection looks like ADR knocked off designs from Rainbow, Charlotte Russe and Joyce Leslie; it is chock full of gaudy costume jewelry, shoes and accessories with over-the-top price points to match.
Vegas show girls, strippers and club hoppers might put the collection to good use, but for the rest of us it's a bit ostentatious and dysfunctional. It seems ADR for H&M and our existing wardrobes are simply oil and water... they don't mix.
Unlike the coveted Marni for H&M collection that sold out within hours, ADR is still on the shelves nearly a month after its release(October 4, 2012). Much to H&M's chagrin, this collection probably won't sell out until they put it on clearance.
The verdict: I won't be buying Anna Dello Russo for H&M. Most pieces are too over-the-top for my sensibilities and the price points are too high to justify cost-per-wear. I'd say it's a poor investment to buy something from this collection because it's likely that you will never even wear it.
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