Versace for H&M was such a wild success in November that the Italian fashion house decided to release another H&M collection, this time made up of cruise wear. The Cruise 2012 collection launched exclusively online in the UK on Thursday and sold out almost immediately.
Due to excessive popularity, the H&M Web site crashed. At 6:30 a.m. EST a representative from H&M UK tweeted: We're very sorry for the tech problems during today's #VersaceforHM launch. We're working on expanding capacity for more visitors.
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.
Fret not, Versace fans (and U.S. residents). Numerous items from the Versace H&M Cruise 2012 collection are now available on eBay for your purchasing pleasure. As is the standard trend for such transitions, shifting from H&M to eBay the costs rocketed up almost four times the original price tag. The most expensive item on the eBay list is the men's black duffel bag, with bidding starting at $429.
The most-coveted items include the fruit printed dresses, tops and heels. The printed silk dress is one of the most expensive items listed, at $385.19. It sold for just £59.99 ($92). These pieces were pictured in the few ad campaigns released.
The high-heeled stiletto, fruit-printed sandals are going for $239 and the bikinis $100 also appear to be popular. The fruit-printed cardigan, selling at $115.56, has the most bids thus far, with 26 offers.
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This cruise collection is rife with pastels, gold accessories and fruity prints. Womenswear includes camisoles, blouses, white jeans, belts, flowing caftans, fruity bikinis, gold stiletto sandals and charm bracelets. Menswear includes blazers, brightly hued T-shirts, pleated shorts and a lavish bathrobe.
The retro 50s vibe of the Cruise 2012 line is a striking contrast to the Fall 2011 collection that was founded on 90s sexy decadence. It is a capsule collection that translates into perky spring wear. The collection is Donatella Versace's second and final line for H&M.