The wait is finally over, as the full Balmain x H&M fall 2015 lookbook has been officially released. We were given the preview at the end of September, but now we can enjoy up close and personal views of each look, as well as creative director Olivier Rousteing’s personal thoughts and words of wisdom about the collection.
Balmain fans everywhere are in for a treat, because the brand didn’t throw their house aesthetic out the window. Perfectly tailored, slim-fitted garments graze the models’ bodies, and are sure to look great on the everyday woman’s curves.
The whole collection has an unmistakable showbiz quality, without being too glaring, making the otherwise gimmicky quality perfect for streetwear. There’s the perfect level of glitz and glamour, while also having the sparkle being toned down enough to be business casual apparel, streetwear, or even formal attire.
There’s no surprise the looks are sublime, as many are directly based on Balmain’s past runway looks. In this way, there is a gap bridged between the untouchable world of high fashion and the everyday streetwear available to any woman from H&M. Collaborations between enthusiastic designers and everyday, cool fashion retailers are often the best representations of fashion as an industry, because they make extravagant brands accessible to the general public in a way that wouldn’t otherwise be available.
The range of this collection is another aspect worth noting. From tight-fitting dresses to graphic designs, there is a clear target woman for these looks. A cool, hip young woman, much like the H&M woman, would be the ideal candidate for the Balmain for H&M 2016 looks. It’s clear that Rousteing has a firm grasp on what today’s modern generation wants to wear, and has matching thoughts when it comes to his collection.
“I wanted to capture the confidence, sexiness, and power of the house,” Rousteing said in an interview with Vogue. “When you wear the clothes, you’re going to feel powerful and strong…I want you to feel sexy and fierce.”
His looks perfectly mirror these sentiments, with the perfect shine for any edgy modern woman. The models were totally fierce from head to toe, and exemplified everything the designer claims to stand for with his brand. Not only that, the pieces are so versatile in this collection, so you don’t have to worry about how often you’ll wear the garments you purchase; they’ll be a great investment for the betterment of your wardrobe. As for the pricing of the Balmain x H&M collection, expect to pay at least $17.99 to get the accessories from the line, while the most expensive piece is the embellished jackets that retails at $699.
The collection will be available in 250 H&M store locations around the world starting November 5. The collaboration is clearly having a great time keeping us on the edge of our seats, by releasing new information every two weeks, or so. We waited for the full collection once the preview was released, and now we must wait for the release of the actual collection, so fashionisers everywhere are able to rock these looks for themselves.
Photos courtesy of H&M