So how HUGE was Balmain x H&M, huh? The highly anticipated designer collaboration went live online on November 5th at 8 am EST and it was only a matter of an hour until almost every item of the collection was sold out; all despite the hefty price tags (with prices set around $500-$700 for key pieces, the most expensive item peaking at $699), thus making Balmain x H&M’s collection the company’s most successful designer collaboration yet. The website continued to crash over the visitor overload all morning while eager shoppers in Seoul queued up in front of H&M stores over a week before the official collection launch. The hype surrounding this collaboration has certainly caught on to the masses and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the collection is now selling for vastly inflated prices on eBay where some pieces are priced at twice their retail value. No word from H&M yet whether they are going to restock the highly successful collection. One of my favorite pieces from the Balmain x H&M collaboration is this gold and white embroidered black velvet mini dress. I love that it doesn’t look watered down and could easily be mistaken for a design from Balmain’s mainline collection. Now would I spend $549 on such a statement dress? Maybe. But due to the hype, I don’t even have to ask myself this question because just like all the other pieces, this beautiful frock is sold out.
Balmain x H&M Embroidered Mini Dress, $549 || H&M
Celebrities and Style Bloggers Love Balmain x H&M
Celeb socialite sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner and personal style blogger Sandra Hagelstam (5 inch and up) have been spotted wearing the black and gold Balmain x H&M Embroidered Mini Dress.
bebe Embellished Mini Dress
Update (04/06/2019): Seems like the first dupe dress wasn’t enough for bebe, so they decided to come up with another one. And this one is even closer to being a dupe. Price: $169.
bebe Embellished Mini Dress, $169 || bebe
Missord Embellished Mini Dress
Update (12/29/2016): Stumbled upon another Balmain inspired embellished mini dress by Missord which can be yours for under $30. The customer reviews don’t look too bad either.
Missord Embellished Mini Dress, $29.33 || Amazon
bebe Bead & Sequin Crepe Dress
If you don’t want to pay the ridiculously inflated eBay prices and can’t wait a few more months for other fast fashion companies to catch on to this hype to come up with their own inspired Balmain x H&M; look-alikes (c’mon already, Forever 21!), I suggest you take a look at this beautiful beaded mini dress by bebe. I know this isn’t a spot-on dupe for the dress above and it certainly isn’t a steal at $299, but the Balmain x H&M inspiration is clearly visible on this frock in my opinion. Plus, unlike the real deal, this dress is readily available for you to buy with all sizes still in stock and all. So you can either keep on stalking eBay waiting for a miracle to happen or you can snap up this dress instead and get your own kind of Balmain party going.
bebe Bead & Sequin Crepe Dress, $299 || bebe
Image source(s): H&M, Steve Madden, 6pm, Amazon, bebe