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Black and white blazer, P21,990; Red furry sweater, P5490; Black draped dress, P7990; Strappy heels, P7990; Red clutch bag, P7990; Gold necklace, P4490; Emerald drop earrings, P1690; Emerald belt, P4490; Earphones, P9990; Black blazer, P6990; Over the knee boots, P7990; Green bag, P10990; Red draped mini skirt, P4490; Military trench, P10990

It’s that time of the year again when our favorite high street brand teams up with a big name in fashion to bring out the collaboration of a lifetime and every year, just like the Starbucks planner, people eagerly anticipate its release. Yes, I’m talking about H&M and the yearly sought-after, lined-up for, buzz-worthy collaborations where people camp out just to get hold of a few pieces. Last year’s Alexander Wang was a knock-out, forgive the sports(wear) pun, and this year’s Balmain collaboration has been keeping fashion folks in a state of fashion frenzyΒ since they started letting model A-listers and celebs wear the pieces off the runway, months before the collection’s release. Unfair, I know. How does one become friends with Olivier Rousteing?!

I personally have some favorite memories with H&M’s collaborations. I remember going to Chicago to see the Lanvin for H&M pieces but the prices were a little too much for a fresh college graduate. I did try them on though and felt extra fabulous. I finally got my hands on a piece as a surprise gift when Margiela did the partnership the year after. I still use that bag to this day. So every year since 2010, I’ve been waiting for the partnership announcement and the consequent collection release. This year is no different even swapping jacket opinions with my fashion-forward 16-year old cousin.

For your pleasure as well as mine, I compiled some of my favorites from the 100+ product list. The prices are pretty steep but the pieces are definitely wearable and are worth every peso. I personally think that the gorgeous black dress is a good Christmas present for myself.

The pieces will be out by November 5th, so I guess I’ll see you in line. We all have 3 more days to save. Piggy banks out!