The Lanvin (Hearts) H&M collection doesn't hit U.S. stores until Nov. 20, but StyleList was invited to a sneak peek to see the full collection designed by Alber Elbaz.
The collection, more than other H&M collaborations in recent memory, does two things: It provides head-to-toe dressing from lipstick to shoes, and, much more importantly, it really looks just like the Lanvin designs you are familiar with from the runways -- not a knockoff, but a collection of inspired Lanvin pieces at lower prices.
"My work is usually tailored to a very small group of people, but the collection for H&M was about trying to translate the dream of luxury to everyone," Elbaz said in a release. "It was almost like going back to school for me."
There are full-on party dresses -- fluffy tulle and floral confections with volume, tiers of ruffles, illusion necklines, and one-shoulder looks. Coats are another bright, bright spot in heavy satins and faux fur of many persuasions.
Accessories are one of the best parts of this collection. Elbaz, who started the whole pearl-wrapped-in-tulle trend years ago, is a master of knowing which adornment is just right. The jewelry in this collection should almost be considered collectible -- it's that good. Bracelets, earrings, jeweled belts, and the incredible necklaces will be coveted for seasons to come.
And the best part? Prices start at $19.95 and range up to about $250.
The whole thing, really, is just clever, clever, clever, as can be seen in this genius video below.
Meanwhile, check out this round-up of cool Swedish labels to watch -- you might discover the next H&M before anyone else!
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