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Paris Fashion Week just got a double dose of Kristen Stewart! She showed up at the Balenciaga and Balmain shows this morning, and girl looked pretty damn good.
Balmain‘s lower end line Pierre Balmain is arriving in December, and we have all the details!
Diffusion lines are awesome things, as they allow consumers to buy designer duds at cheap-o prices. We love both designer duds and cheap-o prices! So, we were especially excited to hear that Balmain is launching such a line! Sort of!
A little more than two weeks after Christophe Decarnin was released from his contract at Balmain, rumors of his successor are swirling. Relative unknown — and “key deputy” of Decarnin — Olivier Rousteing is said to be taking over the position of creative director.
Fashion lover and sometime recording artist Kanye West didn’t have the easiest time getting into shows during Paris Fashion Week, mostly because he showed up to a few of them uninvited.
Though we still aren’t sure exactly why Christophe Decarnin skipped out on his Balmain show last week, things don’t look good over at the revered fashion house. Rumors of an alleged nervous breakdown have not been squashed, but Balmain also has yet to make an official statement. People are definitely freaking out though, as an exodus of assistants has already taken place.
Because one designer scandal clearly isn’t enough to sate the fashion industry’s appetite for drama, designer Christophe Decarnin‘s absence at Balmain’s A/W 2011 runway show today has caused no small amount of speculation, including (but not limited to) reports that he has actually been in a mental hospital since mid-January.
When Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin shot Balmain‘s fall/winter ad campaign, they creepily set up a bunch of hidden cameras to record Kate Moss‘s expert posing. The result wasn’t a lawsuit, but rather a supremely bizarre video involving cartoon snakes.
Not to be outdone by Diddy, Kanye is tapping Balmain‘s Christophe Decarnin to design costumes for his upcoming, sure-to-melt-your-face-off tour. Rumor has it Yeezy is asking for “seventies-centric pantsuits, cutaway coats, and gilded jeans” from Balmain’s fall 2010 collection to be remade just for him.
When the Daily Telegraph‘s Hilary Alexander pointed out Queen Elizabeth‘s surprisingly trendy military jacket, it got us thinking about the Queen’s style in general. Because when we see the Commander-in-Chief of the British Armed Forces in a military jacket designed by her royal dressmaker, we think Balmain. Sure, she wears a lot of pastel suits, but there’s something kind of nuanced about it all.
In what we have to imagine is an unprecedented coup, that sparkly gold Balmain dress has landed a seventh cover. Yes, count it: seven. The same dress that Natalia Vodianova infamously wore sans smooth legs is now also on the cover of December’s British Elle, worn by Anne Hathaway. Did we mention this is the dress’s seventh cover appearance? (That’s almost double the amount of covers that appliqued Miu Miu number had!) Like we said, unprecedented.
Over the summer, blogs were breathless over an appliqued Miu Miu dress which managed to land four covers, but a gold embellished number by Balmain has topped that number by two. On top of that, Natalia Vodianova wore that same dress last night — and accessorized it with some gloriously hairy gams. Quel horreur!
On Wednesday, Jessica Alba attended the Los Angeles screening of her new film “Machete” in a gold and black striped, bold shouldered Balmain mini-dress which she paired with sky-high cut-out Louboutins. We love this look, but what do you think?
How can you sport Balmain’s aesthetic without breaking the bank? You could pop a shoulder pad in and get a pair of torn jeans…but it simply wouldn’t look the same. Apparently, however, shoppers — thousands of them — have found a way to mimic the military chicness. And we think it looks pretty damn good.
Okay, we knew that Balmain charged $5000 for a button-down, $1600 for a t-shirt, and $2000 for jeans — so it shouldn’t have come as such a shock that they have the gall to charge for $13,875 for a leather jacket, but well: are you kidding?!
Exactly one week ago today, I spent $167 (that’s including tax) on a sweatshirt. This was no ordinary sweatshirt, mind you; this was a feathery soft, heathery grey, fashionably cut top from Rodarte, which as far as I’m concerned, just so happened to be made out of sweatshirt cotton. Since then, I’ve worn it almost daily. But I still feel the need to excuse and explain the purchase because, well, $167 on a sweatshirt is absurd.
Ah, the simple laws of supply and demand. Of course, we’re no economics scholars but from the looks of things, Balmain designer Christopher Decarin was paying close attention back in high-school. How else to explain that infamous $1600 t-shirt or those $2000 jeans? But hold on to your savings accounts folks, because that was just the tip of the Keynesian iceberg.
Move aside, Ken Paves and Jessica Simpson. There’s an old bully in town here to steal your hair extension glory.
According to Grazia, Balmain has spent the last 40 years producing an entire line of hair extensions
This month marks Elle’s Work and Power issue, and many will wonder why the magazine opted for a just-out-of-her-teens superstar. While Taylor Swift is undeniably popular, would it not have made more sense to put someone a little, well, older on the cover? Maybe someone who could, at the very least, legally have a happy-hour cocktail?