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Versace is coming to H&M -- but it will cost 38pc more here than in the North

fashionisTas are expected to flock to the high street next week as luxury brand Versace releases its cheapest range to date in H&M.

However, the Herald can reveal that Irish bargain-hunters are better off going up to the North.

The cheap-chic designer collection will cost more up to 38pc more in Dublin than in Belfast.

While the cheapest items cost around the same price in both countries -- €19.95 for a simple chain necklace with a trademark medusa and sword pendant in Dublin and £14.99 (nearly €18) in Belfast -- there is a big difference on expensive pieces.

The most expensive item on the list, a black leather jacket with metallic studs for men, would only set you back £199.99 in the UK (approximately €234), but it costs €299 here, a €65 difference.

A black Versace suit blazer costs €129 in the Republic but just £79.99 (nearly €94) in Northern Ireland.

The blazer is part of a black and white suit available in both countries but a hot pink version of the suit -- including blazer, shirt, trousers and pink shoes -- will not be sold here.

Meanwhile, silk cocktail dresses with metallic studs in yellow and pink retail at €179 in the Republic but shoppers in the North can grab them for just £129 (around €151).

Highlights of the collection include an elegant black leather studded dress, which costs €249 in Dublin's South King Street store, but only £179.99 (€211) in London.

A spokesperson for H&M told the Herald that several items of the collection would not be available in Ireland, notably any homewear.

A sales assistant at the Dundrum store told the Herald that shoppers would have to queue up early.

She explained that a system of wristbands would be in place to prevent any fighting among shoppers.

The bands will allow the first 160 customers to go in groups of 20 to a VIP area where they will be given 10 minutes to pick items.

hnews@herald.ie


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