Versace for H&M launches in the U.S. tomorrow, Saturday, November 19, and there is serious hype surrounding the release. We've never truly shopped an H&M designer collaboration because most have not been offered in Philadelphia stores, but we're in luck with this line: Versace x H&M will be sold at the Philadelphia Walnut Street store along with 33 other stores across the U.S. (see the complete listing of stores here). Philly shoppers may have noticed the window display of Versace x H&M pieces that threw me for a loop last week. If you started screaming when you saw it thinking it had been released early, you're not alone. I was equally surprised.
In an effort to calm some of the hysteria and avoid the mass-eBay selling of the pieces which accompanies sought-after designer capsule collections (Exhibit A: Missoni for Target), H&M has announced special rules governing the sale of this collection: the first 280 people in line will each receive one of 14 diferent colored wristbands which allow the shopper to enter the designated Versace area of the store for only 15 minutes. A limit of two pieces or sizes per product per customer will be enforced (view the entire shopping guidelines here). We doubt 280 people will be lined up outside the Walnut Street store tomorrow morning, but we doubted a crapload of people would've lined up outside our local Target when Missoni launched. We've learned not to underestimate our fellow Philadelphians.
Will we camp out at H&M tomorrow morning? Probably not. Would we like to snatch up some of these pieces? Yes, definitely. The line is fairly pricey - pieces range from $19.99 for a ring to $299 for most leather items. But like all great designer collaborations, these prices are a tiny fraction of what the goods would cost from the designer's high-end line.
Check out a preview of some of the women's looks below. I really love the studded silk skirt ($129) above, and the studded leather dress ($299) below:Pink studded dress ($199):Bustier ($129), jeans ($69.95). I can just picture myself wearing this to work on casual Friday (with a camisole, obviously). Sarcasm. Dress ($129):Dress ($149), leggings ($29.95): Dress ($199), ring ($19.95):Dress ($149):Dress ($149):Dress ($249): Check out the entire collection online at H&M.