So maybe my tastes are very pedestrian, but I do love shopping at H&M.
I was highly excited when a Very Good Friend of mine said she could score me an invitation to the closed-door preview. She was as good as her word, so I brought my cousin Shirlene to the event last Friday. We had great fun sashaying past the queue that was camping overnight in anticipation for the official opening (the next day!)
The store was EMPTY when we entered, save for servers brandishing champagne and canapes. We snagged a flute of champers each while cautiously perusing the goods. It just seemed too odd to start shopping when there was no one else there yet. So we took the opportunity to explore all the floors while they were still empty.
We’d rocked up in the kids’ section on the top floor when we had the first inkling that the crowd was pouring in. So I grabbed a shopping bag and started loading it up with the kiddy clothes that my colleagues wanted. Tutus for little girls aged 4 and under were going for a steal at $7.90 each – and there was even an additional 20% off for the preview.
By 7.20 pm, the store, all three floors of it, were choc-a-bloc with people from the media. I recognised a few friends, as well as random acquaintances from my magazine days, my ultimate frisbee days, and even someone I knew from Melbourne who’d since become an editor at a women’s magazine. But it was just too friggin’ crowded to stop and say hi. I was starting to get bloody annoyed at the people standing amid the racks of clothes and schmoozing. Hello, some of us are trying to SHOP here!
Because it was the F/W 2011 collection, I only managed to snag two dresses for myself, along with a handful of basics for me and the husband. I did however score a basketful of kids’ clothes for random small people of my acquaintance. (I just need to make sure I get the loot to their parents before they grow any bigger. Ack.)
It was nearly 9 pm before we managed to pay and leave. I was weary of foot, and I was HUNGRY.
But oh, what fun it was.