Christophe Decarnin’s raw brand of couture RTW will surely continue to cater to Balmain‘s loyal followers with his SS10 showing. The designer didn’t stray far from his “trademarks” — exaggerated shoulders, glitz and hard-edged touches — even though his inspiration was Mad Max meets military meets ice capades (my addition). With that inspiration, the palette was understandably yet surprisingly dark for a SS collection with lots of black, olive, gold and brown.
Not bowled over but I can already imagine some pieces on the Paris Voguettes and in editorials. In other words, the Balmain craze is definitely not dead or on its last breath. While the Balmain aesthetic is a little too camp and crude for my tastes (hipbone slits anyone?), I adore the black boots here! And the return of Daria for her one and only runway appearance.