H&M is really clever when it comes to collaboration. Every collaboration sets the consumers into a frenzy with an almost guaranteed overnight queuing the night before the official launch. I was drawn to the latest Lanvin for H&M collection simply because it embodied what I am currently crazy about - tulle, ruffles and everything froufrou. I was eyeing quite a few pieces in the collection but narrowed down to two and tried to figure out how I could get my hands on it since there isn't a H&M store here.
I was really lucky to have 4 friends offering to help me to get it (thanks guys for the generous offers) and it was quite comical how it all didn't work out. Considering that all were in different locations varying from the U.S to Dubai to Paris and Tokyo, I think it was a bit of fate that I had to get it on my own and had quite a bit of fun in the process of doing so.
Where did I get it from? eBay! Ironically, I've never bought or sold anything on ebay but that idea just popped out. Not surprisingly, there were already posted auctions of the entire collection with some really crazy bidding wars. I had no idea how to work it out so I just played around and started stalking a few of the auctions. I decided to join in with the bids for the fun of it with a maximum amount that I was willing to pay with in mind and checked up on seller reliability before committing to a bid since if you win it, you are legally obligated to fulfill the payment and retracting a bid is quite cumbersome.
Obviously, I got out-bidded on all of my bids because I was such an amateur at it. After losing numerous bids, the competitive streak in me decided that I had to at least win one damn bid. For those that buy and sell on eBay, you know how it works! I kinda figured out the gameplay and started bidding with a strategy in mind. B.T was quite amused and in fact excited when I eventually won this dress.
So no. I didn't pay a crazy amount for it. I paid USD$50 more than the retail price without queueing and having free shipping included with everything that came with it (I think), added in. Some sellers were selling the dress without the garment bag and hanger etc and some were even auctioning off the hangers -_- Uh why would anyone want to buy an expensive hanger??
I am glad the dress turned out quite nicely. It's the smallest size but it's still slightly loose at the top for me and thankfully not too obvious. I'm not really a fan of the olive satin belt that came with it and would most likely use my own black satin belt. Now, I just need a couture wedding or party to go to and I can wear the dress :P