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H&M hooks up with trendy French fashion house for buzzy new collaboration

H&M hooks up with trendy French fashion house for buzzy collaboration

Balmain H&M collaboration
From left, Jourdan Dunn, Olivier Rousteing and Kendall Jenner model looks from the new Balmain H&M collaboration, which hits stores in November. Photo courtesy of H&M

Just days after getting a ton of publicity when Beyoncé appeared on the streets of New York in a pair of $40 H&M jeans, the fast fashion retailer is making news again. This time the Swedish-based clothing chain is linking up with chic Paris fashion house Balmain on a limited-edition collaboration.

Known for cutting-edge style at wallet-emptying prices (a pair of Balmain jeans retails for $1,200 and up), the luxury brand counts counts celebs like Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian among its fans. With this new partnership, Balmain promises some unique styles at H&M's rock-bottom rates.

Fashion fans got a sneak peek Sunday night when Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing walked the red carpet at the Billboard Music Awards with Kendall Jenner and Jourdan Dunn, revealing the first pieces of the collection. The H&M looks reflect the Balmain aesthetic, with tight-fitting draped skirts, chunky metal belts, heavily beaded cardigans, leather drawstring sweats and a two-tone shawl tuxedo jacket.

Rousteing is a big user of social media, with 1.1 million Instagram followers, so he invited fans to use the catchy hashtag #HMBalmaination to describe the new collaboration. It wasn't an immediate trending topic, but it did get a lot of buzz.

The collection will be available November 5 in around 250 H&M stores worldwide and online, with clothing and accessories for both women and men.