Posts Tagged: Balmain

Dec 09

12 handbags of Christmas

12 bags.jpg
Clockwise from top left:
Miu Miu
Nappa quilted hobo

Kara Ross
Lucis python clutch

Bayswater leather bag

Yves Saint Laurent
Muse Two ponyskin bag

Judith Leiber
Beehive clutch

Large leather tote

Burberry Prorsum
Laser-cut suede tote

Mat quilted leather bag

Bottega Veneta
Intrecciato karung snakeskin clutch

Proenza Schouler
PS1 extra-large suede satchel

Leopard-print goat hair bag

Anya Hindmarch
Homework canvas tote

All available at net-a-porter

Oct 09

That’s a wrap Milano


Azzaro displayed a virginal elegance on the catwalks this season with lovely bright whites. Accents of gold hinted at a Grecian inflluence. Overall the show was clean, crisp and warm when colours where on display.

Balenciaga.jpgThe devil is in the detail with Balenciaga this year.  Just when you thought you had seen everything a designer can do with jeans Balenciaga go and shake it all up again. They presented us with a biker style twist to the jean and every girl in the audience instantly wanted to buy a Harley to straddle for the ride home. The whole collection seemed to have a “grown up tomboy” feel. See girls, we don’t always have to grow up and graduate to dresses.



Christophe Decarnin once again scored for Balmain with a great ode to military officers everywhere.  I want to live and die in this new collection.  I’ll take the lot.  Of course we owe so much to Christophe. I believe he is responsible for bringing back the defined shoulder that every designer is displaying this season. It’s brilliant – and awesome for every lady larger than a size zero bottom.  And for yet another season he showcases the feature head and shoulders, haha, above the rest of the crowd.  Besides the obvious influence of military uniforms it is apparent that perhaps Decarnin was watching ‘Mad Max’ a little too often when sketching the new collection. Love it! I hope a glossy does a feature in a Spring issue in the middle of a desert somewhere. These clothes would look killer with sand thrown around them (although the stylists are cursing me now as no one will want to clean those garments after that photoshoot).  
From the moment the first long leg stretched out on the runway I was in a time warp back to my teens watching “The Neverending Story” movie. How much does the nude attire and slicked back hair remind you of the Princess that must be named? Fantastic! Although the show was centred on warm neutral colours, the designers were clever and just twisted enough to make them stick out in your mind. The playsuits were my favourite, with jodhpur-like pockets at the hips. The whole show was rather ghostlike and delicate. Where Bruno decided to embellish, on his beaded dresses for example, he went full force. It seems he works in extremes. We love dramatic designers!

RUE.jpgDraping, embellishing, ruffling and structuring…those were the ideas taken to new levels at the Rue du Mail show in Milan. I think we will see all of these things done to new extremes in Paris but for Milan I was happy to see the designer experiment with these devices to create new necklines. A good show. We’ll keep an eye out in February for what comes next.

Vandevorst.JPG Well that’s the latest and greatest from Milan folks. Now on to Paris for some pret-a-porter baby!

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