H&M x Balmain

I am ecstatic to announce that in less than 24 hours, Nov. 5, the newest collaboration H&M x Balmain will be in stores and online.

Designer collaborations have becoming increasingly popular because of their monumental success every time. Think Target x Lilly Pulitzer and H&M x Alexander Wang. Each of these collections sold out in a matter of hours after they were released.

Ever since the H&M x Balmain collaboration was announced in June at the Billboard music awards in LA, I have been patiently counting down the days till the collection hits stores.

Here is a little bit about our collaborators:
H&M is a fast fashion retail company.  It sells trendy clothes at affordable prices.
Balmain is a fashion house from Paris.  It is well known for it’s color, fluidity, and elegance. Current creative director Olivier Rousteing has a mission to grow the brand even more and said this collaboration is a dream come true for him.

Here is an interview with Olivier Rousteing regarding the collaboration.

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So…. What are the clothes like?
There is no doubt that the collection resembles Rousteing’s signature work at Balmain.  Some pieces can even be tracked directly to their inspiration from the runway. The collection is filled with trousers channeling the same inspiration found at Balmain today, beaded mini dresses paired with exaggerated shoulder jackets, draped skirts, and over the knee boots. All pieces made from luxurious-feeling fabrics from silk to suede.

My favorite piece of this collection I would have to say is the green sequin embroidered dress with the draped silk skirt as a close second.

Rousteing was able to deliver a collection at lower prices and, therefore, accessible to more of his fans.  Will the general public match Rousteing’s enthusiasm? Well, I guess we’ll find out when the collection hits stores tomorrow, Nov. 5.

Get ready for Balmainia!! #HMBALMAINATION

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What do you think of the pieces in the H&M x Balmain collection?

xx, Kendall

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Topshop Unique Fall 2015

Today was the London Fashion Week show for Topshop Unique.  Held in the beautiful Tate Britain, the show was very unique.  The location showcased the collections emphasis on Britain’s history.  The autumn/winter collection was appropriately filled with chunky knits and statement coats.  Topshop Unique fulfilled the expectations of its cult fans with its fun prints, interesting silhouettes, and elegant pieces. It is safe to say the show did not disappoint.

One unique thing about this brand compared to many others showing at London Fashion Week is it accessibility to the general public.  Rather than having to wait months to be able to purchase the items seen on the runway, customers can buy the clothes they love right away.

Here are some of my favourite looks from the A/W 2015 collection:

Model: Bridget Malcolm
Model: Bridget Malcolm
Model: Hollie-May Saker
Model: Hollie-May Saker
Model: Zlata Semenko
Model: Zlata Semenko
Model: Malaika Firth
Model: Malaika Firth

Which looks were your favourite?

(All photos curtsy of style.com)

xx,  Kendall