Northern Ireland

Lanvin and H&M leave out Northern Ireland store

Lanvin <3 H&M collection
Image caption The Lanvin <3 H&M collection will be available in 200 stores around the world - just not in Northern Ireland

If like me you were excited when H&M announced their latest collaboration with lust-worthy French label Lanvin, you'll be pleased to know you can buy it later on this month.

The bad news is it won't be stocked in their stores in Northern Ireland- yep that's right - we won't be able to have the pleasure of touching, feeling or possibly fighting over the beautiful pieces.

Designed by Lanvin's artistic director Alber Elbaz, and menswear designer Lucas Ossendrijver the new line was launched with much fanfare in September.

The highly anticipated Lanvin <3 H&M (Lanvin loves H&M) collection will be released on 23 November and is available in 200 stores around the world but none of them that near to us.

With wallet friendly prices starting at £7.99 for a lipstick to fabulous cocktails dresses from £99.99 there is plenty of choice.

Previous H&M/Luxe label collections have included Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Comme des Garçons and Sonia Rykiel

So what's a Northern Ireland fashionista to do?

The closest stores stocking the collections are in Dublin or a short hop-skip-and-plane away in England.

Disappointment

Carrying both Womenswear and Menswear we were given a sneak preview of the range in early November.

But if the signature Lanvin style with a much more budget friendly H&M price tag got you excited you better prepare to take your chances online.

I contacted H&M to ask why they didn't want the lovely ladies (and gentlemen) strutting their thing in Lanvin from County Londonderry to County Down.

The response I got was that "they understood my disappointment".

A H&M spokesperson said: "The Lanvin <3 H&M collection will not be stocked in Northern Ireland, it will go to two stores in Dublin, South King Street and Dundrum town centre.

"The collection is being sold in selected stores only and so unfortunately it is not available in all cities.

"Stores are selected through size, we also look at the other departments and collections they stock and also where previous collections have sold well before.

"The collection will be available online".

So there you have it - if you like it you'll have to love it more then Lanvin and H&M <3 their customers in Northern Ireland and hope the website does not crash on launch day.

I'll see you in the queue.