In light of Balmain’s upcoming collaboration with Swedish fast fashion giant, H&M, the full lookbook is here. The collection, which is slated to hit stores and the web on November 5th, also consists of menswear – although it is not included in this lookbook. As for how the collection will actually turn out, it will be interesting since Balmain is largely known for its intricate (and expensive) embroidery. The house’s creative director, Olivier Rousteing told Vogue: “The craftsmanship was really important to me in the Balmain x H&M collection. If you collaborate with Balmain, you have to know that there can never be any compromise, and that’s something that H&M understood so well.” [Note: a look from Balmain's main collection is pictured above.]
Please note that much has changed in connection with H&M's labor practices since the Rana Plaza building collapse in 2013, which killed over 1,100 people, as evidenced by a recent report by the Clean Clothes Campaign. According to the findings of the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety, a majority of the fast fashion giant's factories are still not in line with the Accord's requirements. This is a significant problem, as the U.S. continues to import nearly $5 billion dollars a year in clothing from Bangladesh, making it the country’s third-largest supplier—following China and Vietnam. Regardless of whether the Balmain x H&M garments and accessories are made in Bangladesh, I implore you to re-consider shopping the collection if you were planning to.