What to Buy if You Missed Out on the Isabel Marant for H&M Collection

Friday, November 15, 2013

Embodiment of the phrase “effortless style” and designer to every cool looking girl in France, Isabel Marant has had new and old fans alike counting the days until her coveted collection for H&M launched. Select stores in the US opened their doors this morning to lines of fashionistas waiting to snag the designer’s duds at a fraction of the cost of her regular collection, where a knit sweater is in the $500 range.

Something made me crazy enough to stop in to H&M in Times Square (which also opened it’s doors for the first time at midnight with a ribbon cutting ceremony overseen by Lady Gaga) at 9am today on my way to the office. Surprisingly, there was still product left after 9 hours of consumers ravaging the store. The basics all had the perfect slouchy-sexy look that Marant has perfected so well and were reasonable priced. Other duds just didn’t feel worth it–like these studded heels I was initially excited about, but would never pay $200 for H$M shoes. Despite some of the overpriced pieces, like the embellished tweed cropped jacket that oozes Marant’s style, the collection sold out in stores and online in a matter of hours and left angry online shoppers in a virtual queue to check out, and then informed them everything had sold out.

While I’m sure people will be making their returns over the next 7 days (as is the collection’s return policy) and items will inevitably appear on eBay, here are a few pieces you can shop for right now that will give you the same je ne sais quoi!

Left, Isabel Marant for H&M, $69.95; J. Crew Collection, $98

Left, Isabel Marant for H&M, $24.95; Ali NY via Max and Chloe, $60

Left, Isabel Marant for H&M (Men’s), $129; Max & Mia from Nordstrom, $98

Left, Isabel Marant for H&M, $299; Isola ‘Antonella’ Boot from Nordstrom, $139.95

Left, Isabel Marant for H&M, $59.95; Noisy May from Asos, $49.83

Left, Isabel Marant for H&M, $59.95; Sanctuary Studded Crewneck from Nordstrom; $79

Get shopping! And if you’re wondering, I treated myself to the gold lame scarf


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