Thursday, August 11, 2011

Balmain: Restrained Rock

Balmain Fall/Winter 2011-2012

Relaxed Shirt Haphazardly Tucked into Luxurious Mini

In a relaxed glam rocker kinda way, the house of Balmain showed us how far a great pair of pants and a fancy jacket can go.  Presented in vivid metallic leathers and heavily embellished fabrics, these pieces anchor easy-to-wear blouses, if any, and no jewelry at all.  Love it.  
Epaulettes are exaggerated with fur and sequins while glittering mini shift dresses and skirts flash in opposing linear patterns.  All ensembles are paired with calfskin lace-up boots in black and white, including deeply cuffed cropped pants and even deeper V neck jumpers.

Overall, this show conjured a host of looks the average person can wear using garments that are easy to find, they already have or can manipulate.  Most of the styles can be easily thrifted or purchased at second-hand retailers with a little imagination and a lot of tailoring.  Ensuring the fit is polished and the strong shoulder classy (Long Island accent) are chief among all other details when re-interpreting this look in your wardrobe.  

Worthy of recognition, the mastermind behind the Fall 2011 collection is unclear due to the recent shifts in this esteemed fashion house.  Head designer, jean-loving Christophe Decarnin, failed to appear at the March premier and was later replaced by 25 year old Olivier Rousteing in April.  Some sources state Balmain's runway show stylist Melanie Ward is to credit for the line.  Who knows.  

Nonetheless, it's smart and the soundtrack is awesome so watch it for yourself.
Click here to view the full show on Youtube.

 Side Slashed T with Embellished Jacket

 Mod Combination, Mini Shift Dress and Boot

Ultra Blue Leather Jacket and White Boot