LEOPARD, leather, ropes, chains, checks, stripes, cages, and oh so much embellishment – we just can’t help daydreaming about which of Balmain‘s signature looks will be translated for Olivier Rousteing‘s forthcoming Balmain For H&M collection.
Both military shapes and leather are strong suits of Rousteing, so combining them is an easy win for Balmain fans. We’d like to see something similar for H&M – perhaps in an affordable but high-quality faux skin? If anyone can, eco-conscious H&M can.
Column dresses dripping with pearls and sparkles are never far from the red carpet where Routeing’s girls are concerned. Kim Kardashian fans will be looking for this style – or as close as H&M can muster – come November.
What could be more deliciously decadent than fringe? Rousteing’s version is less boho more blow you away – and this dress could easily translate for a high-street, and very happy, customer.
BalmainBalmain has been known for its shoulder-exaggerating styles since long before Rousteing took the Balmain reins from his predecessor Christophe Decarnin, but the young French designer has honed the shape. Ferocious but, magically, still flattering, we want a jacket just like this one – and it looks like Kendall Jenner has one already.
A fan of the decade that taste forgot, Rousteing picks only the very best Eighties details for his collections: step up this Flashdance meets George Michael bomber beauty. We would. We really would.
When the collection lands in early November, thoughts will already have turned to Christmas, and if we can’t wear a sparkly party dress then, when can we? Completely covered on top, Rousteing’s dresses normally make it to the red carpet teamed only with acres of tanned leg, but if we had to wear tights with the H&M version of this stunner, we wouldn’t complain.
Much talked-about (thanks to a recent Taylor Swift outing and ensuing “copycat” controversy) this slim white jumpsuit would fit easily into any H&M fan’s wardrobe.
If you had told us five minutes before this jumper opened the autumn/winter 2012 show that we could ever want a jumper more than a dress or coat, we’d have called you crazy, but then this gilded version walked into our lives and our lust list was never the same again.
A riff on Yves Saint Laurent’s late-Noughties cage boots, these have just a little added sparkle and a don’t-mess-with-me toecap. An own-once-love-forever wardrobe angel.
The kind of skirt that you would mope, cry and sulk over aged 10 (mostly because your mother deemed them “not age appropriate”), Balmain’s skater skirts – and their wearers – just want to have fun. The quilting might give them a grown-up air, but there’s no doubt you’ll spin around as soon as you zip one up.
Militaria and safari detailing is always tackled in a youthful way by the Frenchman, and these heels are a good example of why we’re so happy to join his army. A commander whose troops are not to be messed with? Sign us up.
From cages on the feet to checked prints on jumpers and skirts, Rousteing has an undeniable penchant for framework. We’d like to see something for day as well as a more dramatic dress like this one, so we can frame ourselves for any occasion.
Jourdan Dunn’s appearance at the Billboard Music Awards in a navy top similar to this style tells us that Rousteing’s signature rope detailing is sure to feature.
Loyal to his overriding aesthetic, the designer is an advocate of showcasing your best parts. And if, like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, your attributes are many and various, why not show them all off with some cut-outs?
Like Hervé Léger, Azzedine Alaïa and Gianni Versace before him, Rousteing is part of a canon of designers who celebrate and elevate powerful, sexy women. Colour is nothing to be ashamed of, and neither are styles that showcase the female form in all its glory. We’ll take one in every colour.
Unlike the Alexander Wang offering last year (which presented an entirely new sportswear collection from the New York designer), the pieces that we have seen so far (worn by Balmain Army favourites Kendall Jenner and Jourdan Dunn to the Billboard Music Awards) suggest that the young French talent will follow Isabel Marant and Lanvin in revisiting his brand’s greatest hits for the high-street giant – but which will make the cut?
From the most cinching of belts to the fiercest of heels, the most dramatic of shoulders to the shortest of skirts, these are the pieces we hope to see versions of in H&M come November. Mr Rousteing, are you listening?