I seriously do not even know where to start with this. Apologies in advance for over using words such as; amazing, incredible, insane. You will be hearing a lot of this within the next five minutes.
Let’s start with my BALMAIN addiction. My Balmain collection has it’s own wardrobe and my motto is to save for luxury pieces that stand the test of time and then mix it with high street. I live in HM so this is just all too much for me. I promised myself no more HM collaboration, I simply can not deal with the stress. The waiting for look book, the waiting of the pieces, the awfulness when you need to move your entire bank balances around to think “right what can I afford” and the realisation you can’t really afford any of it but you need all of it! Then there is the FIGHT, the fight to get in that store and grab your pieces. I am terrified and feel sick that I have another two weeks of this stress. I will probably have an asthma attack in the middle of HM and have to leave.
I always said to myself never again am I doing this, I will only do this if HM collaborate with CHANEL or Balmain, but that’s never going to happen. Erm it did happen. Please don’t collaborate with CHANEL, that will kill me for sure.
The day I saw that video pop up on the HM Instagram, believe it or not I was filled with terror because I knew what was about to begin. I knew I would be obsessed with getting this collection and spending way too much money on it. It is a dream come true but this collection has taken over my mind space.
I was so privilege to visit the show room this week. To start with the show room is super lush, white marble and a huge open space. The press team all looked incredible which I didn’t appreciate because everyone single one of them had a HM Balmain outfit on that wasn’t in my top picks, but seeing the pieces on them, they are now in my top picks. Thanks for this guys, you made it all so much worse for me. One of the girls had the gold and black beaded dress on, it fitted her like a glove and gave her that full on BALMAIN tight, tailored look. She even had her phone in the front pocket and we all need a pocket for our gadgets.
I know BALMAIN as a brand inside out. I know first hand what it feels like to wear BALMAIN. I always say on my blog, yes they are expensive but there is no comparison to how a BALMAIN blazer looks, fits and feels. I can therefore tell you if this collection is A. worth the stress. B. worth the money. C. worth the waiting/camping outside HM and D. are you better off just buying the from the main line.
I did have my reservations that the collection would be cheap looking and not worth the money. Maybe it would be better to just save for the “real thing”? I can honestly say (you know I am also honest) I was actually slightly annoyed how god dam good this collection was. Imagine how annoyed I am; the amount of money I have spent on the blazers and no joke the HM ones are THE SAME, they are the same. A few months ago I bought a white blazer with the double breasted gold buttons. I also bought it one size too big (not by choice.) The money I spent tailoring the jacket is more than the HM one!!! I am still getting over this horror. For me it is without a doubt more than worth those few hours waiting outside the store. The prices are expensive but the craftsmanship, details, hardware and fabrics are of a high standard and you are getting that exact BALMAIN look. Its insane how exact the collection is.
The day of the press day I was so rushed and spent the morning in the country picking sofa fabrics. I then had to rush back to London because I couldn’t risk not seeing this. I didn’t have time to go home and get changed or drop Tallulah off. I was so hot in my Acne coat and I had a thick jumper on with no tee underneath so I couldn’t try anything on, GUTTED. If I knew the HM team better I would have happily undressed in the open but I think they would have thrown me out. My camera battery also died half way through my video, sorry I do not have more images to share. Thank fully HM press team have provided me the price list an images 🙂 Scroll down to see them.
A lot of people have been telling they don’t think the beaded, glitzy items are worth the money and everyone will have them. NO, everyone will not have them. The pieces are limited and they will sell out across the country within two hours, I am sure of it. They are glitzy but they are special pieces to keep forever. If you look at the original BALMAIN photos (below) you can see the similarities between the BALMAIN and HMBALMAIN, it’s the same. Olivier Rousting has actually picked out the most expensive pieces to recreate and the pearl jacket was around £8k/£9k and HM are selling this for £299! It is literally a true come true for me. If you click here you can read an article I wrote about the BALMAIN pearl jacket, when I first started blogging years ago. This is proof I have wanted this pearl jacket for years and it really is the jacket of my dreams. God help me if I don’t mange to get it. The leather pant’s are also high on my list because I live in my one pair of HM leather pants and would love a new pair. BALMAIN are the dream but they are £2k. HMBALMAIN will be £199. Are you excited yet?
Balmain’s womenswear collection for H&M is rich in detail and craftsmanship, encapsulating the themes and signatures that have made Balmain one of the most important luxury brands of the 21st century. Creative Director Olivier Rousteing has brought his passion for design to every piece in the collection, which includes elaborate dresses, sharp tailoring and everyday pieces with attitude. Intricate embroidery and powerful silhouettes run throughout, together with Parisian flair and always a sense of effortlessness. The collection will be available in selected stores worldwide, as well as online at hm.com, from Thursday 5th November 2015. London stores will be Oxford Street, Regent Street and Westfield shopping centre. The key elements are; Women’s silhouettes, Feminine material, Powerful details and Rich embellishment (YES.)
Enjoy the photo and the full price list. Please note there is a mistake on one of the items. The green suede pants are listed at £19.99 but they are actually £199.99.
GOOD LUCK getting you items, it will all be worth it. May god be with you but please do not get in my way if you see me. Just kidding (I am actually not kidding.)
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