Lanvin x H&M Close-Up

Images of the full Lanvin x H&M collection dropped earlier this week, but when the offer came to preview the collection in person last night I jumped at the chance. The photos had done wonders to gin up excitement for the collection, but my concern was how the garments would actually feel and fit. Well, word to the wise: they’re as good as one might imagine. The silk ruffled mini dresses in rich pinks and deep blues were not only sumptuous and soft, they had a weight to them that one doesn’t often find with diffusion silk (and good thing as they’re priced at $199). The asymmetrical mini, which mimics a favorite piece from Lanvin FW09, was stiffer than I’d imagined, but when seen on an H&M alumna making the rounds at the preview last night, it proved itself well worth the nearly $200 price tag. Bargain favorites include the fur vest ($99), the pointy heels with teal ribbon ($99), and a sheer zip-up blouse ($49.95) that could be worked easily into pretty much any wardrobe.

The Lanvin for men collection includes reasonably priced wardrobe staples like a tuxedo and suit, as well as sweaters and an anorak. The garments for guys in this capsule collection are also decidedly more wearable than some of the women’s pieces. Simply put: dudes can’t go wrong.

There was plenty else to write home about in H&M’s showroom, too, including a few spring transitional pieces, most of which were in a glorious shade of coral. Maybe it’s the Lanvin influence, or just H&M stepping up its game, but between the shearling, the leather (for instance, a covetable pair of brown lace-up shorts), the lace, and the generally trendy yet infinitely wearable execution of seasonal staples, there’s sure to be plenty beyond Elbaz to keep H&M’s floors filled for months to come.

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