Lanvin For H&M Looks Surprisingly Like Lanvin

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Alber Elbaz once said, "Doing a collection, for me, is almost like creating a vaccine. Once you create the vaccine, then you can duplicate it for $9.99. But see if you can create it for $9.99." Well, someone call Pfizer.

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Because this, the world's first peek at Elbaz's collection for the Swedish mass-market chain H&M, looks exactly like some of Lanvin's most iconic recent collection looks.

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The far left look in the H&M ad, the one-shouldered, belted black dress worn by Hannelore Knuts, looks almost exactly like this one-shouldered, belted black dress from Lanvin's 2009 pre-fall collection.

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Which is to say, it looks sort of like the black, belted version of this look from Spring 2009.

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Next to Hannelore, Jane Schmitt's Lanvin for H&M black trench coat looks like it's made from the same fabric as this pre-fall '09 dress.

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The black, peaked lapel, tuxedo-style blazer with jeweled buttons worn by Tatiana Cotliar in the Lanvin for H&M campaign looks uncannily like the black, peaked lapel, tuxedo-style blazer with jeweled buttons from the Lanvin pre-fall 2010 collection.

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On the far left of the Lanvin for H&M campaign, Natasha Poly models a richly textured crew-neck black dress. One that looks remarkably like the richly textured, crew-necked black dress Poly wore in Lanvin's fall 2008 show. An eagle-eyed Fashion Spot commenter has already pointed out that even the pearl, chain and flower necklaces Schmitt and Natasha Poly are wearing in the H&M campaign strongly resemble pearl, chain, and flower necklaces Lanvin has made in the past.

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Of course, that necklace cost €834, or around $1,153. And dresses from Lanvin's main line collection typically run in the thousands. Prices for H&M's versions haven't been released yet, but the retailer's past designer collaborations have averaged around $30-$200 — making them more expensive than H&M's regular stock, but orders of magnitude away from the designers' inflated prices. Designer collaborations can have a lot of problems — poor fit, poor quality materials, engineered scarcity, and the fact that they tend to turn perfectly nice stores into madhouses — but rare indeed is the collab that hews this closely to the "real" thing. Meaning it just might be worth it.

The full Lanvin for H&M collection won't be revealed until November 2, and you'll have to wait until November 23 to see the goods in stores. The collection will be stocked in over 200 H&M locations worldwide.

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Lanvin Pour H&M [Vogue.fr]

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DISCUSSION

I'm under the impression that frequently these kinds of photoshoots are done with samples which may or may not be made with the final production materials. So, this stuff may look a lot like Lanvin in these pics, but when you see them in person at H&M they may look very different indeed.