It took a while, but morning did end up coming and finally the wristbands were handed out. After accounting for late coming line-budgers we were to be the 3rd group in: 8:40AM. Immediately after receiving our wristbands we went to Tim Horton’s and warmed up for 1.5 hours, trying our best not to fall asleep. At 8:15 we decided to check out the men’s section, which was basically a free for all, to scope out items for our guys. We were shocked to see that there were literally only a handful of the blue shirts and 3 brown newsboy hats left, along with a few “scarves” (if you could call them that). I guess they underestimated the men! From what I heard, the sunglasses were the first to go and were by far the most sought after item.
At 8:30 we headed back to the fenced off women’s section and eagerly waited our turn to go in. Aside from an annoying bunch of Chinese girls behind us who kept giving us dirty stares to check if we had the magic tickets under our sweater-covered wrists (I moved my hand up to see if they really were, and sure enough their eyes followed like a dog following a treat) and who later pushed past us to enter, the long awaited 15-minute experience inside went pretty smoothly as a whole.
And what did I end up with? The coveted red statement necklace and earrings, plus the ruffled skirt in both colours (still deciding whether to keep one or both). I had my heart set on the leather gloves but no such luck: only one pair left in size large. I regret not getting the cascading ruffle dress because it was 100% silk and actually quite good quality but I just couldn’t justify the hefty $200 price tag, even if it was sort of “Lanvin”. As for the yellow dress that I so admired, I didn’t even end up trying it on! Looking back, I think I was just too tired from a night of zero shut eye to think clearly.
Will I do it again? As I told Joanne, only in the unlikely events that Valentino Garavani or Oscar de la Renta were to ever do a collection (or if Alber Elbaz decides to grace us with another one). And if that were to ever happen, I would probably be one of those crazies with a tent set up and foldable chairs in hand. It’s important to be prepared! Thanks bestie for being crazy with me!
Ironically, my favourite purchase yesterday was a non-Lanvin-for-H&M related piece with a gorgeous gold and black brocade print perfect for the holidays (for a mere fraction of the cost of a Lanvin dress, nonetheless). Click here to see a preview. Now to find a place to wear it to!