Balmain, I have two words for you: déjà vu. Don't get me wrong, as a collection, there are some wonderfully crafted pieces; but as an entire brand, I've seen it all before. I've come to expect tight pants or short shorts, strong-shouldered jackets, black booties, and short '80s dresses. I like the look, and I'd wear it myself if I could, but I'm losing the excitement and anticipation for the shows.
For Spring/Summer 2011, Christophe Decarnin gave us a studded jackets mostly worn with shredded t-shirts or ripped fishnet stockings.
It's always preferable that a brand establish a strong, individual aesthetic, and it's quite obvious that Balmain has a very punk-chic look that Decarnin reinvents each season, but I feel that next season, Balmain needs to go in a slightly different direction.
Watch the entire show here, although the quality is low: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzarXq1e3DU
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