Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Veterans Day style lovers!
Where were you on the morning of November 5th? Did you witness that craziness all for the Balmain  x H&M capsule collection?  I was coveting literally everything (of course) and had my list ready to go and waiting for 5am pacific time. Then boom, the H&M web site crashed as soon as the collection dropped. 

(Ding Dong: H&M should have seen this coming, a bigger server might have averted this problem I think)

The rest is history and I promise to share the details on another post but yours truly Fashionably Idu snagged a few pieces from the collection (yay, after all, some people camped out all night and ended up with plain black bandeaus - screwed!) and today I’m reviewing one of the few most coveted pieces in the collection, the beaded velvet jacket. This jacket in all it’s pearly glory screams opulence. It’s completely covered in not just pearls but very intricate stitching. I did predict in my post here where I whet your appetite for all things #BalmainNation that these pieces won’t be living on shelves for a long time. Well, I hate to say it but I told you so (in my Larry Birkhead voice). 

This baby sold out world wide in less than one hour. Let that sink in for a minute 60..59..58..57….....5..4..3..2..1. Say it again? Ok roll your ears out, here goes: This stunning jacket was gone from every shelf in every H&M store that carried the collection within one hour. Crazy init?? 

It’s siblings aka all the other pieces in the collection also sold out but this was one of the first pieces to go. And oh, nothing from the collection will be restocked. Only place you can find it now is on ebay at triple or quadruple the price. 

This heavy hitter is very heavily embellished like I said and weighs a whopping five pounds plus. The detailing is unbelievable and makes me wonder about production time.

The jacket is double breasted and adorned with shoulder pads that add a seventies flair and boasts zippers on sleeves for an added flair, :)).

Thick enough to keep the chilly temps out
Aesthetically very appealing
Affordable compared to a similar piece at the House of Balmain
Looks no different than luxe pieces from recent Balmain collections
Very well made
It's versatile and can be worn by itself, over pants/skirts
As a staple, it will elevate and add an oomph to the most basic of looks
Embellished outer wear is in trend 
Very heavy no thanks to all the bead work
Steep pricing ($549) compared to other H&M pieces

Did you join the Balmain Nation or did you snob the collection? 

Enjoy the rest of your week, Xo.
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  1. I had no idea this jacket costed that much! That's insane! Especially for H&M, but I know Balmain is crazy in price! It's super cute though!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  2. I am glad you were able to snatch it. It looks like a huge investment....literally! I hope you have the shoulders to carry it. Lol. In all seriousness, though, It is beautiful! Nope, I did not get a piece.

  3. Cool piece and glad you were able to get the item you coveted the most. I snubbed the collection because most of the pieces were out of the price range of the average H&M shopper and I feel that if a store does a collaboration with a designer they should offer their items at prices that their shoppers can afford and are use to.

  4. Beautiful jacket :-) I love this collection <3

  5. Hi Idu!
    I little comment but I always read with great pleasure.
    Can I be honest?
    Beautiful is beautiful, but always remains jacket low cost and it shows. Let's say I prefer to buy a Belmain original if ever happen. :)
    Kiss kiss

  6. this is way above my price budget but if I was less finacially challanged, I would had at least attempted to get my hands on this jacket....this collection is very popular and I can totally see is very glam and eye-catching, this jacket especially so!

    I can't wait to see how you will style it:):)

  7. So lucky you Idu, in my opinion this jacket is really great and i m supre it look fabouluos on you!

  8. Congratulations on getting the jacket Idu ♡

    I wanted to let you know I won't be writing or reading for awhile... I'll be back to reading and commenting in the future, I'm not so sure about writing, I hope I do though... I'll see xox

  9. I can't believe you bought it! It looks alreday super heavy! I didn't even care about this collaboration, because after 2 big collboration, i thought it is not worth it, because quality is not always good enough and for this price you can buy a real deisgner piece! Looking forward to see it on you!

  10. The jacket is very beautiful and the intricate beadwork is just amazing. Congratulations on getting some pieces. I read all about the craziness and even watched some videos online where people were falling all over in order to get to the shelves.

  11. This is my favourite piece at this collaboration with HM!
    I gorgeous, love it!

  12. This is pretty amazing
    A wardrobe staple :)

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  13. This is also my favorite of all in the collection so I'm not surprised it sold out so fast and the pearls in it makes it look so gorgeous . I'm still amazed at it. In as much as I love it, I had to ignore because that's my entire income. LOL

  14. Wowwww.... It's heavily beeded!!... Cant wait to see what you do with it darling... I trust you to give it the showstoppin combination it deserves!!... For me, ild just wear it as a dress and pair it with a plain leather thigh high boots!!lol..

  15. I wanted to go , woke up in the morning ,went to the shop ,but nooooooooooo , no thank you !!! I saw girls actually fighting over a blouse ! The coat is amazing but 500 Euros for a H&M piece...that pricey !! Their marketing is amazing , really smart :)

  16. wow, fabulous!! totally love this collection :D xoxo

  17. it's really crazy that it was so expensive, but looks chic :)

  18. I had no choice but to give this a miss because the nearest H&M is 3 hours drive away and I know the website would crash! The jacket without a doubt is exquisite however the price point is freaking nuts!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  19. This is so nice dear!!!!!

  20. That jacket is so so so amazing I am so jealous you were able to snag some of the awesome Balmain X HM pieces!! Good for you!! And I agree with you, I was wondering if H&M would have requested them to produce more since they know that everybody will want it. I was going to set an alarm to go online when the collection was scheduled to drop but I figured it will be so nuts the site will probably crash... So I actually ended up skipping it.... So now I will just have to wait for you to wear and post it! Can't wait to see it!


  21. VERY N ICE

  22. Wow! Great collaboration! amazing pictures :)...thx for sharing!

  23. I love the pictures , happy weekend!!!kiss

  24. such a beautiful jacket. Love it.

  25. Maravillosa chaqueta, quiero una yaa!!!!

  26. I knew I wouldn't be passionate enough about this collection to camp out/ get up at 5 am, so I didn't even take a closer look. It is a lovely piece though.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  27. I knew it was going to be crazy on the 5th ,because a lot of people already had their eyes hooked on the HnM Balmain items ever since the collaboration campaign went out on social media, i think the Balmain signature is the shoulder pads and wide belts that gives most of their designs a structured look. I can understand the weight of this particular one being heavy at 5 pounds because of the beading details . But glad to see you were one of the lucky ones to have it. Cant wait to see how you're going slay this on the blog. Happy weekend love!

  28. Magnifique !
    Kiss, Léa

  29. Oh my, its perfect piece! So original and fabulous! I am in love with this exquisit coat <3

  30. Do you wantt to sell it?? please? :) just name the rpice