I'm so tired from a very long day that I wont write much about the showcase store just yet but I wanted to share some photos of the day and a few thoughts. I think this year the runner only showcase store between 7am and 9:30am was really a great compromise that Lululemon made for runners. I did hear rumours about people getting in without the runner pass and getting back door entry but I didn't see that and I think Lululemon went through a lot of effort to keep it runner exclusive but being staffed by volunteers I think it was impossible to control completely. There were people offering money to cut in line, people just blatantly cutting in line and people probably very willing to accept bribes.
One thing about the Seawheeze marchandise this year is that none of it had any 'Seawheeze' on it like every other year. I always look for the 'seawheeze' special Cool Racerback but none of them had any writing on it. Another thing was that all the bottoms are striped, all the shorts have a busy print and all the Cool Racerbacks did as well so none of the tops really coordinate with the bottoms unless you are into mixing prints. I would have loved some more solid Cool Racerback options with seawheeze specific writing on it to match with the bottoms. My initial impression was that I loved last years items so much more but I really limited myself last year and only got two items and really regretted not getting a few more of the items I loved so this year I allowed myself to get more and then decide later. I thought I'd have an item or two in here that I'd end up putting up for sale if they didn't work out but once I got home and tried them on I actually really love each and every one of them. The colors are so fun and vibrant. My favourite piece are the Tuck & Flow LS's and the orange and pink Passion Bottoms. I actually grabbed myself the wrong size in the passion bottoms but a friend of mine is at the store now and found me my size and she will take the size downs so really glad they had such a good stock of inventory.
The most popular items of the day where the Bug Speed Shorts and Trackers, Green Cool Racerback, Bug Backpack and Pink Duffel Bag. People were constantly coming around asking if we had any of those items to give up.
Was not happy that the jacket of the year was the Miss Misty. The hilarious girl behind me in line kept saying 'I don't like that Misty Mist Jacket! There better be Downtime Jackets!'
The Cool Racerbacks this year are luon. The stripes are all regular luon and the printed ones are shiny polyester luon.
These are my favourite! I didn't notice till I got home that I grabbed an 8 instead of a 10.
The two duffels. The pink one was really cute with rose gold hardware but they where pretty small for $128.
Not much theme specific decorating this year and a smaller room than previous years.
The none runner lineup outside wrapped around the building but I think once they started letting people in at 10am they just let people trickle in and out. By 11am there was no lineup. Lots of merchandise got replenished I think for none runners.