Unless you live in a pineapple under the sea or you completely go out of your way just to avoid any news about fashion - you probably would have heard/seen something about the Alexander Wang x H&M collab at some point or another. The collection finally dropped on Thursday and I was all over it. Alexander Wang is one of my favorite labels but not something I can afford easily. My first "expensive" handbag that I bought for myself was an AW, the classic Rocco - a bag that holds a lot of sentimental value for me and one that I still adore. Every time I look at it or I use it, I remember how hard I worked and saved in order to purchase this as a Christmas treat to myself ^^
Perhaps the most anticipated H&M collaboration to date, I knew I had to be efficient and know exactly what I wanted to get ahold of the moment I walked into the store so I compiled a shortlist after looking at the lookbooks online.
For a collection as hyped up as this one, arriving early was essential - there was no easy way around it. Since H&M was to open at 7am, I thought I would get there around 4.30am but when I went to sleep early and I checked the hashtag + geotag before bed on Instagram, I saw that people had already started lining up from as early as 6pm the night before?! So my friend and I decided to go at 3.30am instead (crazy I know but we were not missing out). When we got there, there were already about 100 people in front of us but the line behind us grew rapidly as the hours went on. I brought my laptop and did some study while we were waiting.
At 8.15am, we were allowed in. R headed straight for the mens section while I went to the ladies section. After I found everything I wanted, I went to join R as I was wanted a couple of things in the mens section too.
Another 2 things on my list that I managed to pick up were the sports bra and mesh shorts. I love sports bras for layering and wearing to events/music festivals so that was a must for me. I also really like mesh in clothing when it's done right, I think I'll get a lot of wear out of these shorts in summer - super easy to style and most importantly comfortable! The WANG logo on both these items are reflective when light hits it.
The next item was my most expensive but my favorite purchase. I actually wasn't planning to get this, I didn't think much of the image online but when I saw it in person, I had to have it. So it was a good thing that some of the mens stuff sold out because it meant I had a bit of budget left. I absolutely love this, I had been wanting a hooded pullover anorak since the beginning of the year. It's waterproof and lightweight but at the same time, it feels really sturdy and cosy. The "Wang" logo, as well as the lining under the perforated sleeves are again, reflective. There is also a pocket in the front-centre.
And those are all the things I picked up from the Alexander Wang x H&M collaboration!
I was really pleasantly surprised by the quality of every item in this collection. I have a real love/hate relationship with H&M because generally, I find the quality of their clothes so cheap. This is actually the first time I purchased anything from H&M in Melbourne since it opened.
While the cost of every item in my haul added up to a considerable amount, I am satisfied with the prices I paid. I couldn't be happier with the pieces I bought and I'm so excited to wear all of these.
That being said, I think it would have to take a lot or another crazy-good designer collaboration for me to go through the entire experience again because it was really tiring and kind of stressful.
Have you ever queued in line for an anticipated release of something?