Designer Spotlight: Balmain

Balmain, known for its tough-girl finesse, has a price point of the steepest proportions. But if, like me, you’re not willing to shell out a significant chunk of change for those pointy shouldered blazers, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Last season, a sister line was released that retained the sleek aesthetic of the brand but shed the lofty price tags. Pierre Balmain, the diffusion line of the famous fashion house, is ridden with “polite street wear”1, revealing a pleasant deviation from the non-essentials of the mother brand to a more practical, versatile collection.

While the first collection touted its rocker-chic aesthetic, the latest season revealed a more elegant and toned-down version of the brand.  The metal studding still remains, whether grazing the shoulders of jackets or lining a pair of leggings, and can even be seen skimming a body-con dress.  Sheer black fabrics make the floating sleeves of the shirts that are topped with leather paneled blazers and black and white colors the entire collection, whether it’s the black leather jacket over a simple white tee, or it’s an entire outfit of belted zebra prints. The collection reveals proper navy blue suits for men, as well as shearling jackets and fitted sweaters.

The alluring collection is enhanced with a Spring 2012 campaign modeled by rocker-girl Abbey Lee Kershaw, said to have inspired the collection with her “downtown cool, rock sensibility, and international lifestyle.” She and her boyfriend/band-mate, Matthew Hutchinson can be seen modeling the Women’s and Men’s Spring 2012 collection in a 1960’s Italian and French cinema style short directed by Atelier Franck Durand2. The video and lookbook of Pierre Balmain can be seen here at:

Written By: Anna Rudenko

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