Recreating Balmain for H&M on a Student Budget

When it comes to high street shops collaborating with big name designers, I’ve always been a fan of H&M’s offerings. From Alexander Wang to Versace, H&M consistently teams up with high profile and accomplished brands to create show-stopping designs.

Any fans of fashion will probably have seen by now that photos of Balmain’s newest collection for H&M have been released online. It looks particularly impressive; combining the intricate detailing that Balmain is most known for with a luxurious range of materials and colours. As the collection is sold through H&M, the prices of garments will be much less than Balmain’s standard fare (which is usually thousands of pounds). Yet even then, when the collection does come out in November, it’ll probably cost way too much for the average student to afford. This problem is compounded by the sheer popularity that H&M collaborations normally receive; the 2011 Versace collection, for example, is reported to have sold out online within only 30 minutes.

Hope is not lost, however, because it is possible to recreate the feel of Balmain without the high price tag. This season, shops such as New Look, ASOS and Primark are stocking eye-catching and exciting pieces that very much have a Balmain feel.


ASOS is always the perfect go-to when dressing for a special occasion, and in preparation for the Christmas season, they’re currently stocking plenty of elaborate evening wear.


A similar waistcoat to the one worn by Jourdan Dunn in Balmain’s campaign photos can be found in Primark for only £12. Kendall Jenner’s chunky necklace, which seems to be a staple of the range, bears similarities to the jewellery sold by


Missguided has plenty of pieces with decorative detailing, reminiscent of the flashy metallic features of Balmain’s collection. To recreate Jourdan Dunn’s stylish look, the crop top above could be paired with Y.A.S. peg leg trousers.

Constructing designer looks on a student budget doesn’t have to be difficult. Through focusing on the key features of Balmain’s collection, it becomes possible to recreate the outfits for a fraction of the price. Whilst Balmain’s collection for H&M is obviously dynamic and inventive, it can only be enjoyed by the lucky few that manage to snap it up in time.

(Photo credits: Campaign photos taken from H&M; other images from New Look, ASOS, Missguided and Primark)

Isabelle Kemp

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