Velvet Longsleeve, Wide Leg Trouser & Clutch – Balmain x H&M, Earrings H&M
SASS FACTOR 110%. Finally today is the day I get to share my shoot featuring the hotly anticipated Balmain x H&M collaboration (seriously bish’s be going so cray over this collection). Releasing powerfully provocative silhouettes with ultimate show-stopping styles, Olivier is a man after our own hearts! After seeing the collection in person at the London showroom (read all about my trip to the showroom here) with my Balmain partners in crime Ciara, Rebecca & Nuala (#squadgoals eh?) and trying on some of the most coveted pieces, I can affirm the hype is most justified. At first the hefty highstreet price tag for the statement pieces (like the heavily beaded monochrome dress Gigi wore or Kendall’s embellished tuxedo jacket) makes you want to gasp and hypothetically stroke your weeping bank account but I come to tell you that the prices are well, quite reasonable actually!
As a designer myself who’s sourced my own materials etc I know what production costs are like, and to be honest this isn’t just any H&M designer collab, Olivier has set the bar to a whole new level! This H&M collection is a selection of Rousteing’s most coveted Balmain designs as well as some new classics. Highly embellished garments (some dresses weighing what felt like at least 10 pounds of beading) with rich colours & intricate details of rope, beads & jewels make the collection feel like it’s straight off a Balmain hanger. So in saying that I feel like the prices are totally befitting to the quality of the collection. Of course if you want to get yourself a more humble slice of Balmain pie, there are plenty of items ranging from the casual Balmain tee to luscious flocked velvet set like I’ve styled above. Also the accessories are on point, I adore how the belts & blouses look together! My favourite piece from the collection is winging it’s way to me now so watch this space for a new Balmain x H&M look…
The Balmain x H&M collection launches on Thursday 5th November 2015.
Exclusively available in H&M College Green, Dublin 2 from 9.00am.
Early arrival is recommended due to High-demand. See www.hm.com for details.
Shot by the oh so talented – Conor Clinch