LifestyleStyle Balmain x H&M hits the racks, spawns #HMBalmaination and eBay price wars By ALYSSA SEIDMAN firstname.lastname@example.org Updated November 6, 2015 7:15 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email The arrival of the Balmain x H&M line at the retailer’s Manhattan locations has left an impressive void on the racks where the collaborative designs once hung. Earlier this year, Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing announced that the brand would team up with H&M to release a cheap-chic collection of the designer fashions that models and celebrities have long enjoyed (think Kardashians) at stratospheric prices. After months of waiting, fashion-crazed New Yorkers finally got their hands on some of the luxurious threads on Thursday. They flooded H&M stores, and told shopping battle stories on social media with the #HMBalmaination hashtag. Pieces of the collection quickly found their way to eBay, selling for hundreds of dollars over their market prices. We’ve reviewed the trending tags and biddable merchandise to demonstrate just how much of a fashion frenzy the line has caused. Photo Credit: @KimZ1 via Twitter Some shoppers arrived late to the party... Photo Credit: @ARholy via Twitter Others were left looking longingly at the expensive price tags ... Photo Credit: @MelissaBethK via Twitter Successful shoppers toted around their fashionable finds in sleek black and gold bags, like the one pictured below. Photo Credit: Alyssa Seidman Even the bags were high fashion! Photo Credit: @Kattieduci via Twitter Fashionistas flooded H&M's website before the sale of the exclusive line began, causing it to crash. Photo Credit: @BiancaGubbay via Twitter When the site did come back online, however, retail therapy seemed futile. Photo Credit: @IAMFASHION via Twitter And then the bidding began ... Photo Credit: ebay.com These leather sandals by Balmain are retailing on the Web at $585. They were originally $200. Photo Credit: ebay.com A little further out of a reasonable price range, this embellished top is selling for close to $5,000. Photo Credit: ebay.com The priciest tag we found was on this black and gold number, which is selling for a whopping $15,000. It was originally priced at $600. By ALYSSA SEIDMAN email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.