To be honest. At first glance, I wasn’t sure about if the Balmain x H&M collaboration was for me until I finally saw the entire collection and was completely blown away. I couldn’t believe how far the masstige industry has come ever since high fashion designers started collaborating with more affordable retailers. Olivier Rousteing, consider me a member of your #HMBalmaiNation.Now, it’s safe to say that I am going to be impatiently waiting in line on Nov. 5, hoping to get my hands on several pieces from the Balmain x H&M menswear collection that I’ve been eyeing ever since the full line debuted at a star-studded fashion show in New York earlier this week.
There’s no doubt that the French fashion house isn’t holding back with its H&M collaboration. Rousteing’s signature can clearly be seen on every luxurious item from the collection, from the hand-beaded dresses and embellished jackets, to the suede, cap-toe boots and golden earbud headphones. But while the outfits worn by fashion’s It girls like Kendall Jenner, Jourdan Dunn, and Gigi Hadid have been getting all the attention, there hasn’t been as much focus on the men’s line. This won’t make it easier to score one of the Balmain x H&M blazers, tops, and pants for men on the upcoming release day, but it’ll be worth the try. I could easily incorporate these opulent pieces into my casual wardrobe, and make it look as effortless and stylish as these guys… but with slightly less “Blue Steel” and other ridiculously good looks.
In anticipation of the Nov. 5 release date, which can’t come soon enough, here are eight pieces from the Balmain x H&M collection that’s on my wish list: