This week social media went into overdrive and hashtag meltdown as the much anticipated collaboration of Balmain for H&M landed in shops this morning (Nov 5th)! We previously learned of the pairing back in May when we were introduced to two pieces from the collection but this week it is official, H&M has established itself as a ‘fast fashion’ king with it’s latest collection from a fashion great – Balmain. Following on from hugely successful collaborations with the likes of Isabel Marant, Alexander Wang and Lanvin we have been waiting with bated breadth to see what’s in store and it has not disappointed.
Stylists, Image Consultants and fellow fashion lovers here’s our Top Tip Must Knows for shopping the collection!
- The collection went on sale on November 5th at 8am online (US time). All retail stores opened at 8am on the 5th to launch the collection. (Check with your local store to see if it is stocked as not every store will have the privilege).
- Purchases online are limited to one style per customer.
- Purchases instore are limited to two styles per customer.
- Returns in the original form of payment or exchanges are offered until Nov. 8 (with receipt and a valid photo ID) for purchased items from the collection in stores. After Nov. 8, all refunds will be issued as store credit at the current selling price.
- Accessories are not returnable for hygiene reasons.
Here are some of our favourite looks from the collection to share with you.
Balmain’s Creative Director, Olivier Rousteing, said. “H&M allows me the unique possibility of bringing everyone into the world of Balmain, get a piece of the dream and create a global #HMBalmaination: a movement of togetherness, fueled on a hashtag. The collaboration felt extremely natural to me: H&M is a brand that everybody connects to. It calls for unity, and I am all for it.”
This amazing beaded jacket (above) can be worn dressed down or closed (if you have the legs!) and worn as a dress. A unique piece for your wardrobe.
All images courtesy of Vogue.co.uk. See the Balmain catwalk looks that inspired the collection here.
London’s most fashionable weekend was back this year and FIPI Members got together to experience first hand the fashion and be part of what is the biggest week in the fashion calendar. Finding a new home this year at the beautiful Saatchi Gallery, which is renowned for its incredible displays and dedication to seeking new talents in contemporary art. There were over 150 designers to browse through, top catwalk shows plus behind-the-scenes talks and panel discussion including on of our favourites, listening to the advice of NET-A-PORTER founder Natalie Massenet and London-based fashion designers such as Anya Hindmarch and Bella Freud.
Thank you to all members who came along and made this such a great day, inspiring new ideas, connections and a fresh motivation to inject into our businesses!
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Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been discussing our favourite style quotes. We’ve had a truly international debate with our members from all over the world getting involved in the conversation online. We’ve compiled a list of the top ten – our favourites are:
The new season’s trends are upon us once again. We’ve got a round-up of everything you need to look out for to keep you looking stylish all season long. FIPI is pleased to offer this report in collaboration with Geraldine Wijsbeek MFIPI and Lynne Nicoll FFIPI.
There’s little more exciting than anticipating the new trends and styles each season and how they will be interpreted by the high street and designers alike. FIPI, in collaboration with Geraldine Wijsbeek MFIPI, are delighted to bring you everything you need to know about what’s in style for the coming season.
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