The Balmain collection for H&M is slated to go live on November 5th and the buzz is huge. We wouldn’t be surprised if this launch is akin to the madness of the collaboration launch between Lagerfeld and the mega-store.
Prices of the collection start at $35 for tees and goes all the way up to $550 for a more ornate dress. (You can click here to go to Racked and see the full collection and prices.) Before you consider making a major investment in Balmain-style clothing we thought we would be wise to track down bonafide Balmain that’s on sale.
Over on The Outnet there are lots of great Balmain items reduced up to 75% off. Here is an oversized metallic brocade jacket that’s $1200 from almost $5000, a tee is $190 from $375 and embellished wedge ankle boots are $670 from $2700.
Over on Yoox we found some Balmain items reduced 80%. This graphic tee is $143 from $716, a blazer is $856 from $1861 and heels are $655 from almost $1200. From the worldwide boutique, FarFetch, there is a chevron pattern skirt that’s $500 from $1230 and pants are reduced by half and are now $642.
Even Neiman Marcus has a few Balmain pieces reduced up to 60% off.
If these prices are still too steep for you, pre-owned and vintage is always a good alternative. Remember that not everything on resale sites is used. On TheRealReal we found these jeans that still have the tags and are priced at $200 and this skirt with tags comes to $640 from a retail value of almost $2300.
On eBay Balmain x HM items are already posted at several times their prices. This crystal blazer is priced at $2000 and the iconic mini-dress is $1700. Alternatively, you can side step the HM items and snag these pants from off the runway for $600 from $2800 or a sweater for $200.
We would prefer any of these options rather than go through the trouble of hiring a line-waiter or –heaven forbid– waiting in line ourselves. After all, isn’t one piece of authentic Balmain worth more than several pieces of a designer imposter?