H&M collaborates with Parisian fashion house Balmain

It is no secret that the Billboard Music Awards have played host to a variety of fashion announcements over the years. With a stage prepped for the braver and more risk-taking attitudes to attire, the red carpet is the perfect platform for models, designers, celebrities and musicians to celebrate the relaxed, playful mood of the ceremony.

At this years award ceremony, Creative Director of Balmain, Olivier Rousteing, used the red carpet to launch his latest collaboration with H&M.

The red carpet served as the catwalk, premiering the first glimpse of the much anticipated collection.

Jourdan Dunn and Kendall Jenner stood beside the designer dressed in pieces from the upcoming range.

In a move towards an inclusionary vision for the fashion house, Rousteing stated that the collection was the designers way of connecting with his generation.

“I want to talk to my generation; this is my main aim as a designer. H&M allows me the unique possibility of bringing everyone into the world of Balmain . To get a piece of the dream and create a global #HMBalmaination – a movement of togetherness, fuelled on a hashtag. The collaboration felt extremely natural to me, H&M is a brand that everybody connects to, it calls for unity and i’m all for it!” says Rousteing.

Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Director at H&M stated that the collaboration would add a unique character to the established H&M brand.

“With its mix of couture spirit and streetwear attitude, Balmain owns a unique style, at once opulent and direct, sensual and energetic. It is also closely linked to the show business and music worlds, which adds another element of surprise”, says Johansson.

The collection will be available for purchase from November 5 in 250 stores worldwide and online and will also feature a line for men.

The designer Olivier Rousteing, centre, with models Jourdan Dunn, left, and Kendall Jenner at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.

The designer Olivier Rousteing, centre, with models Jourdan Dunn, left, and Kendall Jenner at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.


Neutral hues should be for everyone

It’s taken a while, but finally the fashion world is catching up to the idea that ‘nude’ tones mean different things to different people.

Christian Louboutin was widely praised earlier this year for his collection of his iconic pigalle shoes in a range of nude hues.

Now a shopping aggregator site, Nudevotion is gaining traction for making it easier for women to find shoes and lingerie in a shade of nude that suits them.

The site’s creator Steve Moscetti spoke to Refinery29 about the reasons why the site was necessary.

“Not long ago, ‘nude’ meant ‘matches white skin,'” he said. “Because not everyone’s ‘nude’ is the same, people with skin of any other color were implicitly unable to participate in the trend,” he said.

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The site pulls in searched for items, and an editorial team sort them according to skin tone. At the moment the items are sorted into two categories – a lighter shade of nude and a darker one, with more tweaks to this slated.

The importance of inclusive – and diverse – fashion can’t be overstated.

As Radhika Sanghani wrote in The Telegraph,

“Never being able to find a nude bra, lipstick or elastic plaster isn’t just inconvenient – it’s a reminder that we still live in a world with a white standard of beauty. The majority of models are Caucasian, magazines rarely have women of colour on the cover, and young girls grow up thinking that true beauty is a white Hollywood A-lister.”


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