November 21, 2010

Lanvin + H&M: The ChiTown Fashionista Experience

I did it. I braved the long line and the crowd for a chance to purchase something from the Lanvin + H&M collection this past weekend!

As soon as I heard about the collection, I was determined to check it out in person. Fast forward to the night before the launch, which is when I received word that people were already forming a line outside the Michigan Avenue store. At that moment, I made what I thought to be a decision not to go. If people were lining up at 8pm the night before, how ridiculous would the line be in the morning? However, the shopaholic in me decided to set my alarm for 5am anyway. When the alarm went off, I checked twitter and @CurlyInTheCity had tweeted that she was in line with about 80 other people. I immediately phoned my fellow blogger and ultimate ride-or-die shopping partner, Raijean. Next thing I knew, I was in the car with Raijean and heading to H&M.

We hopped in line and after a few minutes, Starbucks was passing out complimentary coffee and pastries. An hour and a half later, the H&M staff passed out the shopping rules and the color coded wristbands. The wristband colors designated which 15 minute time slot you would have to shop the women's collection. Yes. There was serious organization. I was in group H, which meant I couldn't shop until 10:25am!

shopping rules, starbucks employee, H&M staff handing out wristbands

We remained in line until the store opened at 8am just so we could get inside to warm up and check out the men's collection. As everyone poured into the store, we were greeted by mannequins clad in Lanvin, enthusiastic H&M staff and sounds being pumped by a live DJ.

crowd pouring into the store, H&M staff

Everyone rushed straight upstairs to the Lanvin men's collection where chaos ensued. Within a few minutes, mannequins and signs were removed by staff (for fear of mass destruction) and racks were almost bare. It was utter madness!

chaos in the men's section

We decided to stay in the store and keep an eye on the women's collection to ensure the merchandise was not running out.

Side note: My main goal was to obtain the red chandelier necklace. Since I didn't know how long it would remain in stock, I tweeted my buddies @ChicagoStyle and @EyeAdorePretty to see if they could grab one for me during their 9:05am slot. They did and I am forever grateful!!

I was very glad to see that the staff was replenishing the merchandise in between each time slot and there appeared to be an ample supply of mostly everything.

the women's collection

By the time 10:25am arrived, the chandelier necklace was gone. However, there was a lot of clothing from which to choose. Although the dresses and outerwear were well-made, I had my eyes set on the t-shirts. Once I grabbed my shirt, I checked out the shoes. I was a bit underwhelmed by the quality so I proceeded to checkout.

Overall, I think the Lanvin + H&M collection is one of the best designer collaborations I've seen. Although the shoes were not up to par, the party dresses, skirts, faux fur outerwear and jewelry were delightful. My only gripe is with the sizing. The clothing only went to a size 10 AND I was told that the size 10 fit like an 8. It was definitely disappointing for many and I'm sure H&M will hear about it.

Wondering what I purchased?? Well...the red chandelier necklace (of course!), the "sexy legs" t-shirt (love the detail) and a canvas tote (whose proceeds benefited UNICEF). My purchases were 100% worth the wait! And if I had to do it all over again, I certainly would.

my loot

So, tell me. Did you get a chance to shop the collection? What did you think? What did you buy? Was there pandemonium in your city? Feel free to share your story.

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Anonymous Melissa Taylor said...

Love the dedication!! Sweet write-up!!

November 21, 2010 at 11:04 PM  
Blogger TrĂ©s Awesome said...

Great post, and good work on scoring some of the collection. I love that red necklace! You are so lucky to have it.

My experience was not so successful, but now I know for the next designer collaboration!

November 21, 2010 at 11:37 PM  
Blogger Alessandra said...

the red chandelier necklace is gorgeous!!! I'm in the middle of kendi's 30 for 30 so no shopping for me...thanks for telling us all about it though. Very cool.

November 22, 2010 at 2:50 AM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Wow!! It actually sounds a fun way to spend the morning! Thanks for sharing pics. I live in Milwaukee and no collection here :( I like how organized the store was, that makes a huge difference. Cute tee and necklace!

November 22, 2010 at 7:07 AM  
Blogger Swa-Rai said...

I was sick as a dog, but we made it happen...

What I kept saying Nikia...I don't hear no wind..lmao

November 22, 2010 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger Taylor said...

YAY!!! Thank you again for the HOt Chocolate!!! So glad the girls were able to grab the necklace for you!


For my take -

November 22, 2010 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger Fashion Butter said...

Wow! It was quite the event, huh? It will be a few weeks until I am anywhere near an H&M - wonder if there will by anything left to check out.

November 22, 2010 at 11:25 AM  
Anonymous Chandra @ShiftC said...

I live about 2-3 hours away from the nearest H&M, so I didn't make it. However, if I was close enough I MIGHT have gone to the store just to be apart of the hype. H&M's clothing always runs small and they very rarely have anything above a size 8 on the racks (at the stores closest to me). I generally visit H&M for accessories and basic items (tees/camis/cardigans). I saw the Lanvin collection and it looked amazing! Buuuuut I just knew there wouldn't be anything that I could wear (hello, boobs, booty, and hips)!

I'm glad you scored! And even if you didn't, I bet it felt good to be out with friends and meet up with fellow bloggers!! Thanks for the write up!

November 22, 2010 at 11:56 AM  
Blogger Fashion Therapist said...

I'm so jealous! I would loved to have gone, but after the Jimmy Choo experience last year I just couldn't. Good stuff though!

November 22, 2010 at 8:09 PM  
Anonymous lauren schugar said...

Your blog is great. Going to check out H&M today. I am doing 30 +days of give aways starting the Nov 24th, 2010.

November 23, 2010 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger Strand Cafe said...

Looks like a lot of fun. I still haven't check out the collection yet. Please check out my blog

November 27, 2010 at 4:43 PM  

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