Balmain Spring 2012 Collection

Posted on September 30, 2011

Balmain Spring 2012 Collection

This is new creative director Olivier Rousteing’s first collection and we’ve got to hand it to him for looking not just to toreadors for his inspiration, but also to Nudie Cohn, the legendary costumer of country western stars in the sixties. It’s rodeo chic, with glittering cowgirls in looks dripping with belts and buckles, embroidery, and lots and lots of metallic gold. Think Roy Rogers, Porter Wagoner, and latter day Elvis  filtered through a runway lens; think of Vegas, the American Southwest, and Mexico mashed together. As usual for the house, it’s tight, sexy and embellished to within an inch of its life, but it’s also very fun.

Balmain Spring 2012 Collection
Balmain Spring 2012 Collection
Balmain Spring 2012 Collection
Balmain Spring 2012 Collection
Balmain Spring 2012 Collection

 

 

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  • Anonymous

    beautiful!

  • Toto Maya

    A lot of the time when collections are posted here and everyone is saying, “pretty!” I’m thinking, “WHAT THE HELL IS THAT UGLY CRAP?” But this time… it’s pretty!

  • Anonymous

    3rd row, second look is completely out of place.  But I like the collection!

    • Anonymous

      Agreed.

    • Anonymous

      For real. It’s reading very easy, breezy sister wife. I feel like the inspirations for the collection are diffuse enough that it should have room for some really different looks, but that one just came out of left field. All in all, though….purty. Very purty.

  • Terence Ng

    And that’s how it’s done, PR “designers”. Damn.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, but looks like this would require more than 2 days and $100 (even at Mood’s obviously special prices for the PR designers).   They are, indeed, spectacular.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VJMQEBSJRUNQHEEWTXI5BCS6HI D J

    This is what Gwyneth Paltrow should’ve worn when making her country movie. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VA5XLSF3QRELSC3MUFSXLP4EIE rebecca

      You said it.

  • Anonymous

    That’s a damn fine collection you’ve got there. Don’t know about those weird skirts (gowns?), but everything is = amazeballs.

  • Anonymous

    I really love this.  It’s really beautiful and fun in a cheeky way.  

  • MilaXX

    A little too shiny for my taste but a few of the tops could work paired with less blingy clothes

  • Kate Pearce

    it’s not really my style but its fascinating and I can’t stop looking at it :)

  • http://www.joannao.blogspot.com JoannaOC

    Although its not to my taste, I like it. Does that make sense? I guess I’ll say I appreciate how there are three different waistline levels, but such a strong point of view that the whole thing feels very unified.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C65IT4K6RYN4TWRMFJOI3VUDAI Olechka Milashka

    How fun!  These would look great on Heidi!

  • Anonymous

    I expect Heidi to buy one of everything…

  • Anonymous

    Great juxtaposition. Fun and different pieces brings a smile to my face.

  • Anonymous

    I love this collection but I think the women should be carrying ray guns.  Yesterday, I hated Olivier’s collection and I thought they needed ray guns, too.  Maybe I just have ray guns on the brain.

    • Anonymous

      I agree that women (and men) should just carry ray guns. This is outside of any collection discussion, ray guns are cool.

  • Rebecca Johnson

    I really dig this, especially the structured, bling-y jackets. WANT, but definitely can’t afford. Still fun to look at though, and dream.

  • Anonymous

    “As usual for the house, it’s tight, sexy and embellished to within an inch of its life, but it’s also very fun.”

    Hmmmm.  Sounds like Josh M. should apply for a job once Project Runway is done airing.

  • Anonymous

    I am loving that art deco print thing they’ve got going on…

    • Anonymous

      Seriously! Art deco cowgirl: who knew I was waiting for this all my life?

  • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

    Full disclosure: fifth row, third look is the only one I could possibly pull off. But it doesn’t matter, this is an amazing collection. I love what he is doing. On PR, when they are trying to explain to the young-uns’ how to be inspired by an era without being ‘too literal’, they should use this collection as an example.

    • Anonymous

       Hey, that’s MY outfit!!! Although, in my head, I rock all of these (even if it’s to walk the dog!)

  • Anonymous

    Having grown up in the American Southwest, I can say this: one of those looks costs more than 98% of American Southwest female wardrobes.

    I do like that they didn’t take it too literally and sends girls down the runway in suits Liberace would have been jealous of.

  • Anonymous

    I love this! God help me, I even kind of like how some of the pants seem to be subtly evoking chaps…

  • http://twitter.com/jennsaysmeow Fifi LaRoux

    I actually like this one!

  • Anonymous

    I love the shape of the blouses, the low-riding pants, and the skirts!  

  • Anonymous

    I totally dig this collection. I’m not fond of the wide, palazzo pants out of the heavy fabric, nor of the short-shorts/granny-panty things. But overall, these pieces are beautiful: the silhouettes, fabrics, patterns, textures…love it.

  • Anonymous

    The cut of the first look is killer.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GY7CGZMAA4OMG6WO3VXAAOYRGI miaumiau

    FREAKING.FABULOUS.

    except those weird ass pants/skirts, everything else is fantastico!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

    This is not my style whatsoever (more of a Jill Sander girl) but these clothes are amazing!

  • kim i

    <3

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3NXBVKLOMNGCAVCVXOVWDGD3SE Marissa

    So beautiful, wearable and fresh! Hopefully the Balmain aesthetic will continue to “influence” more affordable brands ;) #blasphemy 

  • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

    i think it would all look better blown up.

    not, you know, exploded into bits & shards. just in bigger pictures & in person. some of it i like, some of it i like less, none of it i like as much as the other gold-injected collection you featured, elie tahari. & i hate stonewashed denim–i’m not sure thats what some of this is, btw, but it looks like it onscreen. the patterned gold stuff though is nice at any size & i’m probably alone in this but i love palazzos & i’d like them here too when theyre not blue & when, of course & tip of the hat to my mother, they dont drag on the ground. everyone gets old, i guess.

    • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

      I love palazzos too, so you’re not entirely alone.

      I didn’t notice the denim at first, other than the skirt* in the third row, but I think you’re right. And there’s more than I would have expected to see, even if this is cowgirl influenced. I like denim, but light denim can easily look cheap. I think he’s does a pretty good job with it, though.

      *That could be a pair of pants, but since it has buttons all the way down, I’m almost certain it’s a skirt.

  • http://twitter.com/anywhoo Leigh David

    There is a very charming contrast between the meticulous fabrics and details and the insouciant cut of some of these clothes. I’m decades past the shorts but the pants with the knit tops (especially row 2 left and row 4 left) are breezy and fun. Nice movement preserved for the most part given all the metallic embellishments. I really like the clean styling. The natural makeup enhances the casual flair of these extravagant looks.   

  • Anonymous

    Crazy pants in row three.

  • Anonymous

    The black and white pattern on the pants and dress… J’ADORE

  • Anonymous

    60s wallpaper. If I touched the fabric, would it have a flocked texture? On the right chick, in the right setting, some of  this could work.

  • Anonymous

    I’m a southern girl and I would never consider myself a country western gal – but damn if these clothes don’t pick some kind of heart string.  I love them so much – I see the country western motif – but before I read your comments I was thinking architectural.  So beautiful.  I want it all!

  • http://twitter.com/LianaBrooks Liana Brooks

    Please can we give his number to whomever is making next summer’s comic book movie? Please? That black bustier belongs on a super hero!

    Overall, not what I would wear but I know exactly who the target market is for this and they are going to love it.

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    The only thing I don’t like is the insane dragging on the ground pants. WHAT?  Otherwise, some remarkable and glammy looks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rachel.council Rachel Council

    Pretty on the runway, but I expect it will come off more tacky on the red carpet. I expect to see a Kardashian or two in a few of these. 

  • Anonymous

    I have a feeling any of these looks would be eye-searing up close, but look fine from a distance.

  • Anonymous

    I kinda like the maxi skirts because I’m a sucker for 70s maxis but the rest of it is a big blurgh for me.

  • Anonymous

    I really like all the geometric designs…a bit of art deco for the cowgirl, eh?  Very cool.

  • John Manson

    so luxe and elegant, and arrived at through such an unexpected inspiration. i live and die for 6th row right.

  • Anonymous

    I kinda like the slouchy pants with the uber-structured tops – a collection that’s chic but doesn’t take itself too seriously.  Lotsa attitude!

  • Anonymous

    not my taste, not my usual Balmain.
    Have you checked Hussein Chalayan’s collection, yet ? There’s some real pretty there…

  • Anonymous

    The shorts are hella unflattering but the pants and dresses are modern and edgy.  

    • Anonymous

      Agreed.  My gosh, those shorts should be gathered up and burned.

  • Anonymous

    The designs are not really my thing but Olivier Rousteing is gorgeous.

  • Barbara Woodruff

    Me likey. Except for the light blue denim (ugh). And does this mean I’m going to be sorry I cut the shoulder pads out of all my blouses?

  • Anonymous

    Chloe Sevigny, your look has arrived!

  • http://profiles.google.com/ballinger.jl Jessica Ballinger

    I love all the little dresses.  The patterns work so well for those shapes…

  • Anonymous

    Not my style at all but I can recognize the artistry.  This collection really does look original and fresh and different.

  • Anonymous

    I really like this collection a lot. The prints are eye catching and they aren’t over styled. Sharp and crisp.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Gorgeous!  Oh, to be young, tall and rich (none of which I am in real life…).

  • Anonymous

    Looks like he tried to stick with what made the Balmain renaissance great: dramatic, 18th-19th century wardrobe dept.-style pieces that you wanted to wear with jeans. Few of these pieces inspire the I-want-it-now feeling of Christophe Decarnin’s collections, though. Decarnin had a way of giving a modern swing/drape to the piece in the way it was cut/structured.

    The chambray pieces are nice, but look a little Isabel Marant.

    I’m guessing the square-shouldered gold-on-white pieces will be featured most prominently in editorials.

  • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

    Redeo chic! This is how to embellish without going to Tackytown.

    This collection is gorgeous. I love that he skipped over granny panties and went to booty shorts. There’s just enough more fabric to keep the wearer from looking like she’s walking around in her underwear.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VA5XLSF3QRELSC3MUFSXLP4EIE rebecca

    Sexy stuff. Really like it.

  • Anonymous

    As we say here in Boston, “Shaaahhhhp.”

  • Anonymous

    Wow, love this! So sexy – love the hipslung pants.

  • http://www.facebook.com/laurylsulfate Lauryl Sulfate

    LOVE.

  • Tempest of Med’Devi Ink

    I think I’m in love with those black/white pants…