There’s buzz and then there’s buzz. But it’s an absolute roar building over the upcoming launch of Lanvin for H&M on Nov. 20.
The Swedish retailer revealed the clothes to the press last week in the vertigo-inducing penthouse of the Cooper Square Hotel in Manhattan, where fashion editors (yes, me included) swooned over the Alber Elbaz goodies.
Don’t even think about wearing any of this stuff to the office -- this is a party collection and nothing but. Lots of dresses, many one shouldered, some with great swaths of tulle and lots of BIG ruffles. Cover them up with a couple of smashing evening trench coats--one in a zebra print or a tuxedo jacket.
Accessories -- big jeweled necklaces, bow-trimmed stilettos -- have the same edgy attitude as the designer line (remember those $500+ tennis shoes Michelle Obama wore a while back).
Oh, and your guy can be equally turned out. Lanvin men’s designer Lucas Ossendrijver has produced some fun pieces -- like a tux jacket paired with jogging pants, sequinned tied. Like I said, not for the office.
Prices are somewhat higher for this line than past H&M designer collaborations -- dresses go up to $249, that zebra coat is $199, the men’s tux jacket, $149. But you can get a pair of sunglasses or a belt for $19.99 and that’s not much for something that says Lanvin on it.
Word to the wise: Expect crowds on opening day and not much left after that. More to come on exactly which stores in Manhattan will carry the clothes.