If you're anything like me you freaked when you heard that Balmain was partnering with H&M. Balmain officially released the look-book last week and showcased their designs yesterday at a show in NYC. Upon hearing the news I knew some pieces would be affordable, but it is Balmain so there is the element of couture pricing still being present. The pieces range from $34.99 to over $600, so I have put together the pieces that are completely affordable and the ones that are worth the splurge! The line doesn't hit stores until November 3rd, but take a look at the full line now so you can hit the "buy" button asap, because these are going to go fast! (I haven't seen these pieces in person, so I can't speak to the quality outside of the images, but based on pricing and what I've seen from other bloggers, you'll be getting Balmain quality at H&M pricing - a no-brainer).
My favorite pieces are marked by a heart for one of these reasons:
1) What you get for the price
2) Unique item
This fur coat is not going to be found for this price anywhere else - especially for the quality that it will be. Sure, you could head over to Forever 21 and grab a green fur coat and call it a day, but it won't last you past this season because of the quality. It is worth the extra $70-$80 to have a piece that will last for years and looks fab. I would have to make the same statement for this gold sweater. In more affordable stores, you're going to trade affordability for quality and your sparkly sweater is going to be on the cheaper side in the quality department as well. While this sweater may be expensive, it's going to look like you paid way more for it than you did. And the color is to die for (hello holidays!)
You can never go wrong with a graphic tee. They are a staple in my wardrobe and this one will probably be one of the first items to go once the line goes live. The same goes for the pencil skirt. Pencil skirts should be a staple in any women's wardrobe and this one is a great price and is unique because of the matching turtleneck.
One of my favorite things about Balmain is their bold and unique accessories. I was disappointed to see that one of my favorites of theirs - their belts - are still pretty steep. But, there are some more affordable options, like these earrings and clutch (comes in four colors).
It will be interesting to see where the line heads in the future and how Balmain can appeal to the more affordable spectrum of the market even more. What's your favorite piece from the line?!