rihanna balmain

End day

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The Stroke of Midnight

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New York Fashionweek day 6, model, fuir, mini philip lim bag

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Jay Z Hosts Reign Nightclub

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Wind it up

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Balmain

There are not too many luxury high end labels that can match the ‘Rockstar’ status of French design house, Balmain. The label has swiftly cemented its place next to Isabel Marant & Lanvin in the front row of modern french fashion, which in the past has been overshadowed by more well known powerhouses like Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Balmain is the king of the new era, drawing celebs like moths to a flame, thanks to creative director, Rousteing’s penchant for decadence. I mean only in the last few days, has luxury label floosy Riri been tweetgramming the pics of her one on one time with Rousteing in the house’s showroom, gushing about her love for the ‘so down to earth’ designer.

After founder Pierre Balmain stepped down, the label was headed up by Oscar De la Renta in the early 90’s before Christophe Decarnin took over in 2002 who only recently relenquished his role in 2011 allowing Olivier Rousteing to take the reigns. In todays fashion climate, Balmain has managed to continue to escalate its rockstar celeb favouring status while still staying elusive and out of reach of the everyday peeps, ensuring Balmain pieces are not seen on the backs of the ‘unfavourable’. Elitist, yes = Purpose, achieved. The Balmain girl is impossibly beautiful with a flirty disco edge. She is expensive and favours shiny hardcore hardware paired back with ripped jeans or leathers. Mini is her skirt/dress length of choice while ankle boots are her constant.

To get a better idea, here’s a quick trip down modern Balmain memory lane…

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In terms of positioning & impact in the fashion landscape, modern Balmain (Decarnin & Rousteing) is responsible for reinforcing some of the most poignant French styling ideals such as cuffing your pants to expose your ankle & pointed black pumps. In addition Balmain has heroed the jacket and consistently pops out highly sought after uber cool ott jackets alongside their slick and form fitting perfect blazers. To own a Balmain jacket is to have arrived.

Their jackets evolve and vary in influence each season, from military to punk rock to oriental to quilted pearled leather, but still they remain relevant to the times thus encouraging high st brands to spew out their budget friendly versions for the masses. A signature feature of many a Balmain jacket is the seriously severe shoulder, which I am very much about. Its usually either protruding, heavily embellished or razor sharp…

The Balmain Jacket

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If you are ever fortunate enough to be in the presence of Balmain product, (check Myer Melbourne, local peeps) you will notice the extravagant price tag is there for a reason. The fabrics are thick, luxurious and heavy. The leathers are the softest, smoothest and highest quality you will find. The beading/detailing/embroidery is second to none. The pieces of clothes really are works of art, with the hours of intricate handwork evident in each stitch. It is this intricacy along with their growing ‘street cred’ that allow the house of Balmain to continue to be one of the most influential luxury labels in the world.

The way I see it, Balmain is the absolute shizz, luxe fabrics with the glitz, the hardware, the intense power shoulders and of course the sequins. One day when Im on my yacht, I will wear Balmain. Every single day. Even to bed. Here’s a few of my fav Balmain runway looks…

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Heres a bit of Balmain by the means of some streetstyle and some celebs…

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