Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner lead the fashion pack at Balmain x H&M

Published October 22nd, 2015 - 12:38 GMT

She spent much of the evening in elegant, intricate and tight-fitting designs.

So it's no surprise Gigi Hadid opted for something a little more comfortable to allow herself to breathe as she left after appearing in the Balmain x H&M Collection Launch at 23 Wall Street in New York on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old model - who had joined the likes of her sister Bella, best pal Kendall Jenner and plenty of others on the night - appeared fresh-faced, if not a little sleepy, as she departed. The slender beauty showed off her enviably long legs and a not-so-subtle glimpse of her bra as she wore a sheer black top that was just long enough to double up as a dress.

A hint of her lean thighs were on show as she teamed the racy faux dress with sexy over-the-knee black boots in suede. Also showing through her revealing top were her underpants, but Gigi didn't have a care in the world as she made her way back to her hotel after the star-studded event. She caped a thick black leather jacket over her shoulders for warmth, and carried her belongings in a clashing white tote bag.

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Her honey blonde locks - which had earlier been coiffed into glamorous curls for the runway show - were tied back in a loose ponytail, and her face appears to have been cleaned of all make-up. She looked a true beauty as she walked away, a little tiredness betraying her after such a long and hectic day.

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Earlier in the evening, Gigi had happily posed alongside her BFF for life Kendall at the start of the event, before making a stunning addition to the star-studded catwalk.

Gigi and Kendall, 19, happily held hands while showing off their lean physiques in edgy monochrome ensembles on the red carpet.

The pretty pair puckered up for the cameras, making kissy faces at each other with their plump pouts while sharing an intimate embrace.

Gigi had her hands around Kendall's taut tummy, getting a feel of her toned abs, as the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star wrapped her arm round her bestie's neck.

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Kendall was clad in a bandeau-style blouse which she layered with a velvet blazer and teamed with silky harem trousers. Her look was pulled together with a chunky gold choker necklace and matching waist belt. The Estee Lauder brand ambassador also sported simple open-toe ankle-strap stilettos. Her hair was styled in voluminous waves and flowing past her shoulder, as she wore a pink palette of make-up.

Meanwhile, Gigi was was clad in the very same long sheer top she wore later on, but teamed with a military-inspired leather bomber, and skinny jeans. She completed her look with a pair of pointed-toe boots and wore her golden locks styled similarly to Kendall. The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue babe pampered herself with a soft yet smoky make-up look.

Photo credit: Getty Images for H&M/AFP/Dimitrios Kambouris

The twosome, along with their famous siblings Kylie Jenner and Bella Hadid, are both faces of the French couture fashion house.
Balmain released an eye-catching ad with the foursome, in addition to sisters Joan and Erika Smalls, in July.

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But that was merely the first, as Yahoo Style recently shared a behind-the-scenes video of Kendall and French designer Olivier Rousteing working on the stunning campaign – while still finding some time to goof around for the cameras. The site also spoke to the the 30-year-old designer, who didn't hold back when it came to gushing about his model muse.  'Kendall had a lot of fun,' Olivier said. 'It was a new experience for her. We had the best time. It was new for both of us. But more importantly, the campaign has to reflect the Balmain Army and for me, she is the most important.

'She is an icon. I’m inspired by her. For me she is the new Naomi, Claudia, Cindy. You know the type of models where people want to be her...  'She’s just amazing and inspires an entire generation. I love that she’s global, and loves music, dancing, she’s the Balmain girl.'
On the collection, he added: 'I think the concept for H&M x Balmian is putting the couture in the stores.  'It’s a really rich and strong collection that is infused with the Balmain DNA. It’s richness and French, and it’s inspired by pop culture and the glamour that Balmain is known for…while keeping the quality of course!'

The actual ad, which spotlights the campaign's 'sci-fi metro' theme,' has yet to be released, but fans were offered an exciting peek in the Johan Sandberg and Henrik Timonen-directed clip.  Kendall previously helped debut Olivier Rousteing's luxurious Balmain x H&M collection by wearing one of his designs to the Billboard Awards in May.

The Balmain x H&M collection will debut in stores on November 5.

Meanwhile, Tuesday's show also saw Kendall and Gigi take on the runway, along with Bella and Victoria's Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio. Kendalls' sister Kylie was also at the event, looking like a lady gladiator as she wore a black beaded and embroidered dress.

By Lucy Mapstone

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