PFW : Balmain Fall 2010

I read alot comments on how Decarnin's work is getting really boring, with the bold shoulders and everything. That's one of his signatures, but I do hope he'll bring something new and big next season. Without further ado, I bring you Balmain.

Losing the holes and distress factor, Christophe Decarnin incoporates brocade prints, sequins, lamé, lurex, animal prints and fur (which I really dislike, both opening and closing look). One of the highlight for me are those black/gold mini dresses, very classy, very sexy.

My fav-of-the-fav outfit is the suit worn by Natasha Poly (2nd from left). I also loved the middle outfit which reminded me of King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The red latex pants as well as the military blazer. I didn't really like the animal prints in the collection but I totally adore that leopard print jacket.

More brocade prints, the 2 mini dresses which I absolutely adore to death. (Who wouldn't want to be caught dead in those sexy mini-dresses?!) And the gowns.. much like last season, even the belts.

I see the shadows of Paris Voguettes and Anna Dello Russo. I'll be waiting to see Anna D.R in those gold/black/purple mini dresses which literally spells Anna. Huge fan of the brocade/regal prints and for that, I am not disappointed.

The brocade prints reminded me of Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2008. Well, the picture speaks for itself, one of my favorite Dolce & Gabbana collection.

Its either you love it or hate it, isn't it? For me, Decarnin work never fail to brighten my day but its getting a tad boring (which I don't deny). Definitely looking forward to what he's up to the next season as well as celebrity-sightings in Balmain. So who wants to be a Balmain-woman?'s Review by Sarah Mower :
Sober, pared-down minimalism? Well, somebody has to kick against it, and there's no more likely a candidate to keep hot and sexy alive than Christophe Decarnin. This season, he's gone Baroque 'n' roll, with a Balmain outing pitched somewhere between Prince's Purple Rain pomp and Louis XIV at Versailles. Gold, brocade, frock coats, Louis-heeled ribbon-laced boots, sequin and lamé dresses galore: Decarnin went for it.

Clever move, on lots of levels. For one thing, shifting Balmain away from the distressed MASH-militaria of summer to a classier, dressier theme puts this notoriously expensive collection on a path where the value of the original can be clearly distinguished from the cheap knockoff. This show's highly elaborate, high-collared seventeenth-century cutaway coats and gilded jeans did that. From a cutting-expertise point of view, so did Decarnin's seventies/nineties tailored pantsuits, which showcased the return of the leg-lengthening, over-shoe flared pant. The idea, the designer said, came to him while looking at a seventies photo of a woman "in an impeccable Balmain couture menswear pantsuit," but the spirit was closer to the Tom Ford for Gucci look that is rising as part of the nineties redux theme of the season.

Still, those gold-buttoned pinstripes (albeit with a gold Lurex stripe, in one case) were the closest this collection's ever likely to come to workwear. Really, what the Balmain woman's hooked on is the competitive evening opportunity to flash as much leg and bosom as possible. She'll be thrilled to see there's no wavering in that department. Decarnin's short and tight paillette-smothered dresses kept the faith with the big-shouldered silhouette he's made a signature for several seasons—actually, one too many. A less obvious choice (if that's not a contradiction, in this context) would be the other Balmain mainstay: the long-in-back, short-in-front lamé gown, which still puts everything satisfactorily on display, while registering winter's play on length.

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