H&M x Balmain

H&M x Balmain. 

Photographed by Alix Coburn.

Designer high street collections don’t usually hold my attention – there’s never been a designer I liked enough to get excited until recently. When H&M x Balmain was announced I knew I had to own a part of the collection. I’m a bit of an Oliver Rousteing fan girl – I love what he’s done for the brand and how fresh his attitude is – it makes the brand feel more accessible. And this launch is one more step in that direction. 

There are some designers who I swear are so out of tune when it comes to the fit and shape of women’s clothing – but the majority of pieces from their ready to wear collection look amazing on everyone – regardless of body type. It’s sexy and mature but fresh and young all at once. And I have been praying that the H&M x Balmain collection would follow this. 

Now I was all ready and prepped to be up early on Friday, in the queue, elbows at the ready, for even just a belt from the collection. But H&M kindly sent over a couple of pieces (including the belt – I die.) to style for you! Seriously, H&M, you’ve made my year.

 I instantly fell in love with the black velvet mini dress, despite a long term fear of anything with any kind of shoulder pad. Yep, shoulder pads. This dress has them like I’ve never seen before but I was actually amazed at how much it accentuated and balanced out my figure (I’m like a slightly uneven hourglass). I love it. I’d even go as far as to say that my “the one” of little black dress world has been found. Whist the dress is gorgeous alone – the addition of the green waist belt synchs in the waist, whilst also making the perfect festive accessory. This whole outfit just basically screams Christmas to me. 

Despite being terrified of spilling something on my brand new dress, I threw this on during a whirlwind outfit change on Monday for a launch party (and also a visit to Pizza express where I consumed two plates of dough balls and a pizza – an all time record – well done Suz). I added tights and my suede black boots which I’d been wearing earlier in the day along with my leather jacket. These items relaxed the look and worked perfectly for the evening, but I cannot wait to go all out and wear these with some over the knee boots for a full on Balmain vibe.

So the big question, will you be purchasing anything? Do you have a favourite piece?

The collection will be ready to shop HERE on November 5th – a.k.a tomorrow morning! 9am GMT – happy shopping ladies.



  1. 04 Nov 2015 / 5:20 pm

    I need something from this collection!! Its absolutely perfect!!xxx

  2. 04 Nov 2015 / 5:21 pm

    I need something from this collection!! Its absolutely perfect!!xxx

  3. 04 Nov 2015 / 5:21 pm

    That dress is just plain gorgeous, I pretty much want to buy everything from this collection!
    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

  4. 04 Nov 2015 / 5:24 pm

    these are so stunning suzie, that dress suits you so much! definitely thinking about buying it now.

    danielle | avec danielle

  5. 04 Nov 2015 / 5:37 pm

    I love how you've styled this. And that belt! Gorgeous.
    Laura x FloraLooTwo

  6. 04 Nov 2015 / 5:42 pm

    Oh wowzers Suzie! You look incredible, that dress is just fabulous x


  7. 04 Nov 2015 / 5:48 pm

    Amazing!! That dress really suits you. Gah I'm so excited for this collection!

  8. 04 Nov 2015 / 5:58 pm

    great look!!!
    Marveling-Mind☀ | Instagram | Bloglovin’ ✌️

  9. 04 Nov 2015 / 6:01 pm

    That dress looks amazing! Can't wait to be able to get something from this collection!

    Millie x | Millies Wardrobe

  10. 04 Nov 2015 / 6:07 pm

    the entire collection is amazing. hopefully will be able to get myself something. i have my alarm set, ready to go.


  11. 04 Nov 2015 / 6:08 pm

    The dress gorgeous!!
    Abbie E.

  12. 04 Nov 2015 / 6:17 pm

    You look gorgeous – I love the detailed belt!

    Lucy | www.foreverseptemberr.blogspot.co.uk

  13. 04 Nov 2015 / 6:19 pm

    This dress looks amazing on you! Lovely photos btw! X

  14. 04 Nov 2015 / 7:15 pm

    It looks gorgeous on you! Almost a little aristocratic <3

    xo Stefanie

  15. 04 Nov 2015 / 7:33 pm

    I love the collection so much! Hopefully I can get my hands on some of the items tomorrow 🙂

  16. 04 Nov 2015 / 7:34 pm

    That outfit looks amazing on you and you're right you do suit the shoulder pads look! 🙂 x


  17. 04 Nov 2015 / 7:35 pm

    The dress looks absolutely stunning on you 🙂 xx


  18. 04 Nov 2015 / 8:01 pm

    wow this collection looks gorgeous,I really need to pick up some pieces! I love the lights in the back of these photos too, ahh <3 x


  19. 04 Nov 2015 / 8:06 pm

    This looks amazing on you, I love how you've styled it. I wish I was off work tomorrow morning to go get my hands on some items!


  20. 04 Nov 2015 / 8:26 pm

    These photos are nothing short of magical! ♥


  21. 04 Nov 2015 / 8:59 pm

    I really love the look of the collection, you look amazing!
    TrudyJohanna x

  22. 04 Nov 2015 / 9:05 pm

    You look incredible Suzy! I would love to buy one of the dresses, they are so beautiful. But still out of my budget I think 🙁

    Lauren Rose

  23. 04 Nov 2015 / 9:29 pm

    Suzieeeee! So beautiful, adore these photos! You go girl x

    Kirstie | Kirstie Pickering

  24. 04 Nov 2015 / 9:34 pm

    The dress is beautiful

    Lauren x | www.laurenapowers.blogspot.com

  25. 04 Nov 2015 / 9:35 pm

    Gorgeous styling! I desperately want to get my hands on some of the collection as I've really liked the Balmain collections over the last few years. I'm scared that'll all sell out crazily fast though because of the hype x
    Charlotte's Road // Beauty, Fashion + Lifestyle

  26. 04 Nov 2015 / 9:52 pm

    Love the collection, so many outstanding pieces. Love this dress you choose! xox


  27. 04 Nov 2015 / 10:38 pm

    You look amazing!!! I'm desperate for that dress!

    Made In The 1990's.

  28. 04 Nov 2015 / 10:57 pm

    Looks amazing on you! Head over to www.ceannnnnn.blogspot.com to view my post on Balmain x H&M. Can't wait to go tomorrow!

    Ceann x

  29. 05 Nov 2015 / 12:17 am

    That dress looks beautiful on you, with the belt it's giving me Kim K vibes in a good way.


  30. 05 Nov 2015 / 1:19 am

    Beautiful and what a gorgeous setting!

    Hannah | Oh January

  31. 05 Nov 2015 / 2:31 am

    So infinitely classy, flatters your figure very well.

  32. 05 Nov 2015 / 2:48 am

    You look great in that dress! <3


  33. 05 Nov 2015 / 3:43 am

    Lovely post!

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  34. 05 Nov 2015 / 6:11 am

    Such a pretty outfit! Not sure if I could pull off shoulders pads, but you did! Looking beautiful as always, Suzie! <3


  35. 05 Nov 2015 / 7:42 am

    Love this outfit! I'm still undecided on whether to get something from the collection but this dress is a classic and will never go out of style so it may be a worthwhile purchase.

  36. 05 Nov 2015 / 9:09 am

    Such a beautiful dress!

    Sophie x | SophiesMakeupBlog

  37. 05 Nov 2015 / 9:10 am

    Love these pictures!! So pretty

  38. 05 Nov 2015 / 9:24 am

    That dress is stunning, it really suits you! x

    Brigitte | brigittehayley.com

  39. 05 Nov 2015 / 10:19 am

    You look stunning. What camera do you use? Your pictures are always gorgeous.

    Tiffany Tales – A British Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  40. 05 Nov 2015 / 11:05 am

    The dress is gorgeous! I am so sadd the website has crashed 🙁


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  43. 05 Nov 2015 / 12:35 pm

    You look incredible Suzie!! I love how wearable and versatile this dress would be!

    Gemma xx


  44. 05 Nov 2015 / 1:56 pm

    Love this look! You look stunning 🙂


  45. 05 Nov 2015 / 2:04 pm

    That dress is gorgeous, I love it! Balmain x H&M is launching in Dublin today and I'm so gutted I couldn't go!

    Ciara x | Ciara Pocket

  46. 05 Nov 2015 / 2:10 pm

    This is such a pretty dress and I'm going to the launch at mine and can't wait to grab something.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

  47. 05 Nov 2015 / 2:32 pm

    Lovely outfit! Those boots are gorgeous! <3


  48. 05 Nov 2015 / 4:14 pm

    I love the dress, it's so pretty! Might have to get it to wear for Christmas x


  49. 05 Nov 2015 / 4:22 pm

    That dress is just fabulous! As always beautiful photos :))

  50. 05 Nov 2015 / 5:38 pm

    Too funny – I just read an article about the grand opening party of HM Balmain on BizBash. Love your dress – the texture is gorgeous.

  51. 05 Nov 2015 / 7:31 pm

    I am not a fan of Balmain generally, but I have to say this dress looks super pretty! The design on it is really nice. I love these photos too, all the lights! Well done Suzie 😉

    Julia xx
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  52. 05 Nov 2015 / 7:34 pm

    This post is soso incredibly gorgeous – the little lights are amazing! Really love the textured look to the dress, it's so intricate and detailled. x

    Lucy Amelia | flawedfairytale

  53. 05 Nov 2015 / 8:32 pm

    The dress is really cool! xxx

  54. 05 Nov 2015 / 9:05 pm

    OMG Suzie! <3 <3 you look incredible here, like wow. I wasn't too fussed about the HMxBalmain collection but now I need this dress.


  55. 05 Nov 2015 / 9:21 pm

    Wow, the effect shoulder pads can give.
    Beautiful photos Suzie!
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  56. 05 Nov 2015 / 11:46 pm

    In love with the dress! Soo chic x

    Lina / lina-khalifa.blogspot.com

  57. 06 Nov 2015 / 8:34 am

    I saw you talking about the pieces you received in your vlog so I added the belt to my shopping list, and then I saw this post the day before the launch and I had to get the dress too. Now I'm just waiting patiently to receive them. Absolutely love your style Suzie, you look fab!!!

  58. 06 Nov 2015 / 10:57 am

    Such a lovely outfit!! :))


  59. 06 Nov 2015 / 12:08 pm

    This dress paired with the green belt looks so lovely and unique!!!


  60. 06 Nov 2015 / 5:40 pm

    You SLAY this collection – so perfect on you. The dress is gorgeous, I had fun browsing the collection online but couldn't be fussed with the manic-ness of trying to order!

    Kat | www.kathorrocks.com

  61. 06 Nov 2015 / 6:01 pm

    Looks lovely!
    Izzy | http://littlehouseofcupcakes.blogspot.co.uk/

  62. 06 Nov 2015 / 8:35 pm

    Absolutely loved it!!!!

    Kat | http://thebeautycandle.blogspot.com/

  63. 08 Nov 2015 / 2:20 pm

    This looks gorgeous! love the booties 🙂

    Allison from www.mercuteify.com

  64. 08 Nov 2015 / 2:58 pm

    amazing suzie!
    such a lucky girl, you deserve it.

    elisha-mae I wear this?

  65. 08 Nov 2015 / 4:35 pm

    I love that dress , you look so beautiful !! XxxPS I would really appreciate it if you could check out my blog http://www.thelittlelifestyleblog.com
    Thank you Xxxxx

  66. 09 Nov 2015 / 10:27 am

    This dress is just SO pretty, definitely a favourite from the collection! 🙂 x

  67. 09 Nov 2015 / 9:57 pm

    So stunning. The belt is absolute perfection! x

    VanessaVonJames | Fashion Blog

  68. 09 Nov 2015 / 10:58 pm

    I've heard SO much about this collection! Every single one of their pieces are to die for <3

    Emily | Lynde Avenue

  69. 10 Nov 2015 / 7:21 pm

    SO beautiful!! I am gutted I missed out on buying anything from the collection x
    Louise | helloteddy.co.uk

  70. 10 Nov 2015 / 7:53 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! You styled this look beautifully.

    Love from South Africa


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  74. 18 Nov 2015 / 7:30 am

    Great outfit! I love the dress!

  75. 18 Nov 2015 / 7:31 am

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