The US was shut out of today's launch of the Versace for H&M cruise collection--it was only available online and H&M doesn't have e-commerce here yet--but that doesn't mean we're not interested in how it all played out (or that we can't shop it on eBay). And as has become the norm with these fast-fashion collaborations, there was drama.
First of all, H&M's website apparently crashed, which also happened in the UK during the spring collection's launch. H&M tweeted at about 6:30am EST: "We’re very sorry for the tech problems during today’s #VersaceforHM launch. We’re working on expanding capacity for more visitors."
The "tech problems" appear to have affected some customers' orders, too. One customer tweeted back: "@hm waited until 11. Put items in my bag only to b told their unavailable to then pay for! Not a happy bunny #VersaceforHM." We've reached out to H&M for comment but haven't heard back yet. UPDATE: H&M gave us the following statement:
We apologize to all the customers who experienced technical problems when trying to shop online. Due to the high volume of customers shopping the Versace Cruise collection our website was down for a few hours. We have been working hard to solve the technical problems that occurred to avoid that this will happen again in the future. We of course hope that as many customers as possible had the possibility to shop. This is a limited, one off collection which is supposed to sell out in a couple of days, but the interest from our customers highly exceeded anything we could have expected.
The collection has already mostly sold out, too. We checked the UK site, and found one lone sleeveless top available, as well as (surprisingly) these printed ballet flats. However (not surprisingly), the collection is available in abundance on eBay now.
The most desirable products are priced the most egregiously, like the fruit-printed sun dress. It's listed at $385 on eBay, but sold at retail for £59.99 (~USD$92). High-heeled strappy printed sandals ($239) and the bikinis (~$100) also appear to be popular. Some men's items are listed for shockingly high prices, too. A black gym bag is listed at $429 and a black leather belt with lots of hardware is $185.
But don't despair, those of you who have access to an H&M website: H&M tweeted that you should be checking back to the site for returns. If it's like the first Versace for H&M collection, you actually may be able to score some items.
So non-US readers: Did you shop the Versace for H&M collection today? Tell us your stories in the comments.