Tuesday, October 21, 2008

At the Root of the Balmain Craze

Christopher Kane Spring 2007

Balmain S/s 09

According to the Sunday edition of the New York Times, Balmain is having its moment. I would argue rock & roll/biker inspired blouses used as dresses are having their moment. The silhouette of the Balmain dresses in question are the same as Christopher Kane Spring 2007 collection. These bondage inspired dress harked back to vintage Alaia and Versace, a high point in 80s/90s fashion.

I am not inferring that Christophe Decarnin is a copycat, when he is a true artist. I am as entranced by his creations as the Vogue Paris editorial team. But perhaps the heightened effect of his designs is their timing.

French style is also about the mix: biker boots with sequins, a smoking jacket with court shoes sans pants. The artful representation of it requires extremes to balance out each ensemble. Balmain dresses are the ideal dress under your father's jacket, with gladiator sandals or boots, with leather cord wrist cuffs, and no make-up. It references glam rock but encourages you to stray. Like Christopher Kane's creations, they are a perfect base for a cool girl's wardrobe.

1 comment:

itsjustme said...

Ooooh, I am so fond of Balmain!!! I have to say I find these dresses even more striking than the Cristopher Kane ones.