For the Spring 2013 Balmain season, it was very exaggerated. I mean, exaggerated shoulders, pants, details, and eyelets. Yes, Olivier Rousteing gave a new meaning to the perforation trend. The constancy to sway the aesthetic from its previous designer, Christophe Decarnin, was also a prominent this season. Though moving forward with his own aesthetic, the soul of the fashion house is still there.
I cannot say that I am the biggest fan of the collection this season. There were some pieces that I found really amazing, like a few of the dresses (pretty much all of them), shirts (embroidered one), skirts (Looks 12, 17, 37), sweater (Look 21) and matador jacket (Look 9). But overall, I found it very 80’s/90’s, which was the inspiration of course, but it was too strong and was borderline dated. All I was thinking was Christina Applegate in Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead when I was looking through it. One thing that will always be a positive is the embroidered detailing. I will always be a fan of Olivier’s embroidery. Click through the collection below.
Pink was spotted spending the day out and about in New York with her family. She wore a pair of Balmain Baroque Printed Skinny Jeans. These jeans are very loud. I am happy to see that Pink kept everything else in the look neutral and solid. I can think of a few prints that might go with it, but pairing it with something solid works better for everyday.
I am happy to see someone in a pair of Balmain jeans again. I still find their styles to be amazing because of the details. I just cannot get over all the zippers and the over all vibe of the jeans themselves. You can click here to purchase Balmain jeans at SSENSE.
SSENSE asked us to style a pair of jeans of our choice and I chose these green Balmain suede jeans. I paired them with a Paul Smith Bubble Knit sweater, Pierre Balmain T Shirt, Dsquared2 Belt and Mugler Monk Shoes.
I decided to go for a more mature, but not serious, look when I was thinking about putting this together. I still wanted to keep it alive with the color combinations. I chose this sweater for the colors on it. I thought it would work well with the green in the jeans. For the styling of this look, I say cuff the jeans. Wearing the jeans cuffed to above the ankles will also keep you from looking too stern as well as liven up the look a bit more. I also think that the cuff will give the look a cleaner line when worn cuffed with these shoes. I think when a look has a lot of color involved guys tend to be very hesitant to try it. But when you keep the colors muted and subtle it can work. You can click here to purchase this whole look at SSENSE.
Rihanna was spotted arriving into Japan at the Narita International Airport. She wore her distressed Balmain Homme Skinny jeans with a Versace t shirt and some Jordans.
One thing that I like about Rihanna is that she just carries herself with so much confidence. She can pretty much wear anything (we all know that it is a bit outrageous sometimes), but still look comfortable and chic. You can click here to purchase Balmain Homme at SSENSE.
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