Lanvin for H&M: So what, who cares?

Posted On Wednesday, November 17th, 2010
Filed Under: Designer on a Dime, Looking FLY on a Dime

Lanvin for H&M debuts this Saturday and fashionistas everywhere are rejoicing. However, I’m not one of them. Despite the fact that I can’t shop for a year {due to my Thrifty Threads 365 challenge}, my eyes tend to glaze over at the thought of another designer collabo with a budget chain.

The bold hued and ruffled dresses, coats, shoes and jewels are beautiful to look at but I’m not in love with the prices or how everyone and their mama’s going to be rocking the same outfits.

I have a major problem with budget retailers selling items that are department store priced. I understand it’s a designer collaboration and not even close to the price of “real” Lanvin but I can’t see paying $350 for any item at H&M when their clothes are typically a tenth of that price. For 350 bucks I’d rather hit up Macy’s or Nordstrom.

{Black coat, $349. Floral dress, $249. Black tulle dress, $249 and pink necklace, $40}

Price points aside, since folks are clamoring for this collection, won’t everyone end up wearing the same pieces? This just reminds me of last year’s Roberto Cavalli for H&M collection. People stood in line for hours for pieces that sold out in minutes, and at holiday parties and on New Year’s Eve, I saw at least three women with identical outfits and accessories.

Though I have some issues with designer collaborations at stores like H&M and Target, I appreciate that designer fashion has become accessible to all and fashion houses are acknowledging customers who can’t afford their high-end line.

Are you looking forward to the collection? Do you care if you see other women wearing the same clothing and accessories as you? How do you feel about designer collaborations and how much would you be willing to pay for the pieces?

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6 thoughts on “Lanvin for H&M: So what, who cares?

  1. Initially I was underwhelmed with what I say, then I found like four pieces that I would actually add to my closet, but I agree with you, price point wise, I don’t think I would spend that much for an item in H&M. I already have H&M anxiety and issues with many of the items, even if it’s something I like, I tend to not look the other way because of the popularity. And yes, everyone and their aunty, cousin, and semi-fashionable mama will be in the same dresses at parties. Not my thing personal. So I will not be standing in line for this collection. Come to think of it, I have yet to stand in line for any designer collab. 🙂

    sorry for the long comment.

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  3. I was super thrilled when I first heard about the collabo but now that it has debuted…eh. It isn’t classic Lanvin to me. And like you say, everyone will be rocking it…so I’ll pass.

  4. OMG! My sentiments exactly. Have you seen the commercial with the three women wearing the SAME yellow dress? The entire time I was thinking this is a holiday party disaster waiting to happen. lol

  5. I tend to agree, many time when designers hook up with lower end retail it looks great in pictures, but the quality in person is not that great. It’s almost a slap in the face, even though I can’t afford real “Lanvin” doesn’t mean I don’t know quality clothing. If I can’t afford the real thing I just don’t buy it at all.

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