I was so excited about this collection, I almost screamed. The transformation that has happened at Balmain is reminiscent of what happened at Alexander McQueen last Spring.
Balmain has always represented the signature rock chic designer. As at last Spring, that rock chic was bordering on grunge. With ripped, dirty jeans and tees, all combined with the signature heavily embellished Balmain jackets.
The creative director, Christophe Decarnin was our sweetheart. I loved the spunk of Balmain under him, but he shockingly left the house in February and handed over to Olivier Rousteing, a 25 year old young man who had worked under him for 2 years. Now, I really don’t want to get hung up on how cute Olivier is, but he is cute. We’re talking fashion here however…*clears throat*
So! What he has done is brought sleek chic into the equation, keeping the elaborate embroideries and embellished details but upping the glam factor and class. The rock chic bordering on grunge has been tossed and there’s beautiful, properly feminine light thrown into the design aesthetic.
We will be watching Olivier.
Photo credits: Style dot com
Rock chic is a style I find incredibly attractive. From the simple, basic ways of wearing the look to the more complex, full regalia of studded jackets, spiked boots, leather pants, the very best of Balmain. Personal style wise, I’ll fall somewhere in the middle. I like the edgy yet feminine allure of the look.
Vogue Spain did a brilliant, quite artistic interpretation of this look in the November issue. The styling featured rock chic looks across the spectrum from intense to simple but it captured the essence of the style pretty well.
The models, Iselin Steiro and Toni Garrn rocked heavily sequinned jackets and pants, leather and blazers against a posh ‘musical’ background. Loved the role of electric guitars in the shoot. The brilliant photography was by David Vasiljevic and styling was done by Barbara Baumel.
Photo credits to Fashiongonerogue
What better collection to kick off my Paris Fashion Week fantasy with if not Balmain? It goes without saying that I am a massive fan of this signature rocker chic label. And Christopher Decarnin delivered an excellent collection, taking inspiration from the American flag, with classic Balmain sequined jackets, leather pants and ripped, grungy t-shirts.
I especially love the infusion of red, and the American flag is pretty cool for inspiration. Difficult to pick faves, the entire collection was super but hey, for what it’s worth…
Pics courtesy style.com
Balmain Crystal-embellished bouclé jacket
This beauty is all up for grabs at theoutnet.com
I love Tees, they sort of grew on me silently and before i knew what was going on i was scouring shops, markets, online, everywhere looking for unique tees. It started out with the need for something casual and comfy on a weekend, worn with jeans and flats. This would typically be the basic plain coloured tee, but then i moved on to the need for something with quirky graphics or some form of add on/embellishment. These days, it’s an obsession with the slouchy tee, with nondescript graphics, subtle alteration to the basic shape, an uneven hem would be great, bows would be lovely. Worn under a fitted jacket, accessorized with a long chain/pendant and the list could go on…
So, tees and i, we’ve come a pretty long way and it’s exciting when i discover something new and different.
Exciting it was when i discovered that my dear virtual friends at style.com are doing something fun with tees. To celebrate 10 years of style.com, they got 10 designers to design 10 limited edition t-shirts using the symbol X as inspiration. It was a stunning display to say the least. 10 great designers, 10 great tees. I especially loved 5 of them
You can grab yours online at http://stylelimitededition.myshopify.com/