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Paris Fashion Week: Balmain is a glam rock rerun

March 4, 2011 | 11:35 am


It seems like the bubble may have burst on the over-hyped Balmain collection, which reached the height of fashion about a year or so ago, with its 1980s redux style, and hyper-embellished, Michael Jackson-esque jackets.

This collection tried to move forward, taking the glam rock 1970s as the starting point. But not much had changed. The glitzy catsuits were still here, as well as the embroidered jackets, slightly more boxy and less exaggerated at the shoulder line, than in past seasons.


Cuffed, cropped trousers, Lurex blouses and metallic leather blazers didn't advance the Balmain aesthetic much either.

Rumors began to swirl that designer Christophe Decarnin could be on his way out, when he was not at the show to take his bow. But representatives said it was doctor's orders, that he was simply not feeling well, and that he would return to work soon.

Whatever the situation may be, it's time for Balmain to move on to the next chapter.

--Booth Moore in Paris


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Photos: Looks from the Balmain fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during Paris Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times.