Following last season’s direction, the Balmain campaign follows the basic route but with Daria. If it isn’t Kate or Anja, it must be Daria. The three are the epitome. Kate wears Balmain flawlessly, and Anja and Daria are the living breath of what the Balmain girl is.
You know, forget that Decarnin’s designs are evolving at the rate of a snail, but I really love Balmain past its Pirate-chic. What I really love is that Balmain is the problem with the fashion industry. While the leather jackets and pants are constructed so precisely and exquisitely, the Paris house has the luxury of charging its customer $1500 and higher on cotton T-Shirts, albeit those with holes. The high-shouldered, gold and sequined gowns are also loaned out to so many magazine covers and editorials, it became a farce. You better believe sales are favorable, even if Pierre Balmain himself is rolling violently in his grave. It’s truly magnificent, but nothing new and enlightening to anyone. Put all of that aside and I really can’t wait to see what Christophe has in store for us in a month.
Balmain S/S 2011 : Daria Werbowy by Inez and Vinoodh