the experience: lanvin for h&m

Excuse the shaky pics, my hands were probably frozen!

So yes, I did it. I was one of the crazy, fanatic Lanvin lovers who lined up the night before for the big H&M opening Saturday morning at 8am in Vancouver. I blogged, ogled and strategized over the collection for months, so I figured I better shit or get off the pot! And so I went, but alas the path to Lanvin nirvana was not all smooth sailing…

The snow…

(Big) Misfortune #1: The normally mild Vancouver got hit Saturday morning with its first snow storm of the season. The forecast called for 5 cm by morning and a low of -3 C. I can attest that it snowed almost non-stop all night! It was cold, wet and I often wondered if I would take off my shoes to reveal frostbitten toes…

Misfortune #2: My partner-in-crime who planned and plotted with me to line up for weeks bailed due to said snow. Luckily, my bro said yes so I would not have to suffer through the night solo.

That being said, it was still a worthwhile experience for Lanvin and H&M had it fairly well-organized. I lined up close to midnight after hearing a lot of buzz that the line was growing. There were about 50+ peeps ahead of me with various levels of preparation – full-on tents, blankets, lawn chairs, etc. I don’t know how devout everyone was about Lanvin or if they were just interested in nabbing the stuff to resell. But everyone was generally in good spirits and I met a few, nice people who were super-excited for the collection. And H&M had two security guards the entire night handing out umbrellas and magazines.

The line at about 5:30 am about 50 people or so in front of me… yawn.

At 6am, I was given a bracelet to secure my shopping time in the third group of 20 shoppers at 8:40 am, after which, I was able to break free from the line – finally! I went inside to the men’s line to battle the free-for-all crowds with my brother and a cute couple next to us. At 7, H&M brought in Starbucks coffee and pastries, which was nice and welcome.

At 8am, the men’s collection opened to total madness, most things were snatched up within 5 minutes. Either there wasn’t that much stock or the men were rabid… After 20 minutes of being body-slammed for bow ties, I had enough.

Thankfully, the women’s shop was much more civilized in comparison as there were only 20 shoppers allowed to shop for 20 minutes. I managed to grab most things on my list (leopard print heels, black heels, short-sleeved black dress, lipstick, etc.) and have a few regrets of things I didn’t try on (the one-shouldered purple and black dresses).

Adding to the overall quality, H&M did not cheap out on the packaging. Dresses and shoes came with a pretty cover with an Alber sketch and everything else came in a nice sturdy branded white box. I also received a free red scarf  in a gift tote bag, a nice touch!

All in all, if it weren’t Lanvin and Alber Elbaz for H&M, I don’t think I would have gone, especially not under snowstorm conditions!

Lanvin for H&M shoe bag
Lanvin lipsticks in blush, red and hot pink
Black pumps and lovely shoe box
Dress cover
Gift bag containing a thin knit scarf
Collection tag
images: my own


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5 responses to “the experience: lanvin for h&m

  1. peek-a-boo

    Sarah queueing up at midnight is actually…Normal!LOL!
    Same thing here with the major Parisien stores having queues starting at around 22h00 the previous night.
    Usually I go to my usual surburban H&M where there’s no massive crowd but I couldn’t do it this year as the Lanvin/H&M event was only for the Parisien stores!
    I paid my neighbour’s son(a college student & his friend in case he had to pee) to queue up for me at around 2AM.There were about 70 people behind.My BF & I took over at 7AM(with coffee & croissants for the guys) and the stores opened at 8AM.We had time to grab our buys and I got to work on time as my office is near the store.
    Anyway I got what I wanted even the leopard print shoes like yours.I did not take the pink dress Anna Della Russo wore that was on my list as I didn’t like the hem but I was so happy with my other buys especially the Ts,the one shouldered black dress,tuxedo jacket & satin coat that felt so Christian Lacroix-ish.I also gave up on the zebra print coat.I know I’ll never wear it.After a little hesitation I took the yellow ruffle dress that we saw a lot in the ads.A lady next to me said the colour went well with my auburn hair.Nuff said to convince me LOL!
    I don’t care what the critics bitch about…that its not real Lanvin or the quality is H&M(decent quality btw) or that we are silly to queue up for this bla bla bla.We’re not all Charlotte Casiraghi or Daphné Guiness…we can’t all afford real Lanvin clothes and this is the closest thing we’ll ever get to it so why they look down on the event is beyond me & even kind of bitter.
    Hope you’re happy with your buys Sarah.As humble as they may seem my Lanvin/H&M buys a little pieces of Lanvin heaven to me.

    P.S. I’m now broke til January but New Year’s eve outfit is settled.

  2. sarahdanslenoir

    Is it normal? All my friends thought I was crazy, but I guess they just don’t understand!

    Great strategy to hire ppl to wait in line for you! In retrospect, that would have been a good idea… I’m glad you got everything you wanted. Did your boyfriend get anything?

    How is the black one-shouldered dress? That’s my one regret, not trying that on! I definitely bought more than I planned to but I am happy with everything! More of a problem of what to keep and when I’ll wear them. New Year’s is a perfect time for these dresses 🙂

  3. You’ve bought great things! xx

  4. sarahdanslenoir

    ^ Thanks! I’m very satisfied with everything 🙂 Did you attempt to go?

  5. peek-a-boo

    Sarah the one shouldered cocktail dress is lovely although it needed a bit of retouching. I’m absolutely delighted with my last minute yellow one shouldered frilly dress buy! BF’s favourite. Usually we are often disappointed with little volume in frills but the frills are ample and fab methinks. Might wear it to New Year’s eve do.

    BF wasn’t really looking for anything but he got the trench, a navy coat, 2 toned scarf, the sunglasses & some gilets. He didn’t like the trench’s thin fabric so its ended up in my closet 🙂 He didn’t want to take off his coat in the store to try on anything as he was wary of pick pockets. They’re notorious in the city. (I tell this to everyone visiting the city btw.)
    Well it all went fast with us because we know our sizes & didn’t need to queue up for the changing cubicles. BF took a chance with the coat & luckily for him it fits. Otherwise I would have taken it LOL! I like mens coats and sometimes they’re great for a baggy dishevelled or hobo look. I think his coat will eventually end up in my closet as well as I know he isn’t really overwhelmed by it 😉

    Regrets…? Yes. The beautiful tulle toutou dress in black that I know I’ll never wear(I recently saw Bai Ling wearing the stunning red version) & some of the jewelry that would have exploded my budget .

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