It’s the most hotly anticipated fashion collaboration of the year and doesn’t launch until November 5th but over at Mirror HQ the countdown has already started.
We haven’t been this excited since H&M collaborated with Isabel Marant in 2013 and at the time we couldn’t concede that anything could ever top that.
Surrounded by secrecy H&M have remained tight lipped about their latest Balmain x H&M designer collection but we’ve been doing a little bit of research and here’s what to expect when it finally launches in November.
Prepare for iconic pieces that look they’ve come straight off the Balmain catwalk
But we were wrong, both models were in fact dressed in pieces from the H&M collection. Kendall’s embellished jacket dress was strikingly similar to a piece from Balmain’s AW/12 collection. And Jourdan’s satin ruched mini skirt was identical to a piece from the AW/14 collection.
More proof came when a shot of a dress went on the H&M Instagram. The black and gold embellished dress is classic Balmain, the only difference will be the high street price tag. Excited? You should be.
Who will be wearing it?
The list of Balmain fans is endless and Olivier Rousteing has a loyal following and what is often referred to as the ‘Balmain Army’.
In the past 12 months he has posted pictures of Kendall Jenner, Naomi Campbell, Rihanna and Iman dressed in Balmain on his Instagram account.
Kim Kardashian is a fan and close friend. Kylie Jenner, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Khloe Kardashian, Taylor Swift, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Gigi Hadid and Blake Lively are just a handful of the celebs who have stepped out wearing Balmain in the past 6 months.
Key pieces to expect
Well, we can only speculate here but we suspect a sexy collection featuring iconic trophy jackets, heavily embellished and intricately beaded dresses, cinched in and waisted dresses, chokers, plated fabrics, metallic textures and we’d be surprised if there wasn’t a thigh high boot in there somewhere.
So we suggest you put November 5th in your diaries.
Oh, and one more thing. If you do get up and queue, there’s someone who shares your pain.
When H&M’s first designer collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld went on sale in 2004 the Balmain designer, “….was waiting for two or three hours to get the clothes. I’m an H&M boy, I’m the H&M generation.”
Olivier, we salute you.