Balmain Spring 2012

It wasn’t only my first Balmain presentation; it was new head designer Olivier Rousteing’s too.

The (rather cute) designer didn’t take the Parisian fashion house too far away from its rock n’ roll roots for this Spring 2012 collection, much to the relief of Kate Moss, Rihanna and Alex Gerrard.

We saw plenty of gold-studded, fringed and embellished details on leather jackets, second-skin mini dresses, tops and short leather skirts.

These looks were presented on a colour palette of black, light-wash denim, ice white, silver and gold.

The main focus points were the lightweight denim and leather maxi skirts, the delightfully sinful hot pants, the high waistlines and the wide belts with large gold buckles.

Aside from the celebrity red carpet looks and party pieces, there were plenty of everyday wearable looks within this collection like the ice blue sweaters, white jeans (hello Liz Hurley), denim shirts, slouchy leather pants and white blouses.

Models sported high ponytails and barely-there makeup.

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Key accessories included gold cuffs, open-toe ankle boots and gold embellished ankle boots.

Front row: Siriwanwaree Nareerat, Anna Wintour, Rachel Zoe and Anna Dello Russo

Favourites: Gold accented denim jacket and pants and the gold embellished leather jacket

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Cameron Diaz, Celine Dion, Zoe Saldana, Ciara, Rihanna, Kristen Stewart, Saoirse Ronan, Halle Berry, Daisy Lowe, Diane Kruger, Fergie, Noomi Rapace, Lake Bell, Rose Byrne, Sonam Kapoor, Zoe Kravitz, Jennifer Lopez and Angelina Jolie

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20 Responses to Balmain Spring 2012

  1. Marian October 2, 2011 at 22:20 #

    Congrats darling on it being your first Balmain presentation. Here is to many many more. I think he did a fantastic job, he seems to have gotten the DNA of the brand down pat. I am intrigued to see what he will bring to the line over time.
    Glam kisses dear

    • Fashion Critic October 3, 2011 at 05:09 #

      Thanks…I hope there are many more to come

  2. Lucía October 1, 2011 at 17:32 #

    It was one of my favorite collections

  3. Simon September 30, 2011 at 19:49 #

    Olivier Rousteing is SO cute. I’m just in love;

    + the collection is perfect i love every jacket and shirt, bets…

  4. Nikki September 30, 2011 at 13:09 #

    I can see Kristen Stewart in the 3rd dress in the collage above…lovely collection!

  5. Jones19 September 30, 2011 at 11:13 #

    Oh my Olivier is super cute! Love the collection, he’s talented for sure.

  6. Chanel September 30, 2011 at 03:42 #

    He’s 25, handsome, and talented. Something tells me Rousteing will be fine.

  7. Anna September 30, 2011 at 02:09 #

    Saoirse Ronan? Really?

  8. Emi September 30, 2011 at 00:17 #

    I would define this collection very Balmain but a bit more chic and refined.

  9. Amanda September 29, 2011 at 22:18 #

    holy moly! how can I get some of these pieces on my modest salary? I don’t know but I am going to find out as they are GORGE! Do you think that watching the rachel zoe project the other night and the scenes where they moved her closet combined with this post has mesmerized my brain? I DO!

  10. Set September 29, 2011 at 21:49 #

    Amazing, talented guy. Balmain rocks big time. So happy for Olivier like I know him personally.

  11. GusMex September 29, 2011 at 21:05 #

    and the new designer is way too handsome!! hahaha :3

    • Fashion Critic September 29, 2011 at 21:24 #

      so cute…I was surprised that he is only 26.

      What a great responsibility at such a young age and to deliver such a high calibre collection is very admirable.

      He should be very proud of himself.

  12. JJovana3 September 29, 2011 at 20:59 #

    What a fantastic collection! It appears more grown up but sexy at the same time. I felt that Christophe Decarnin just over-did it on the low riding, UBER tight cargos and jeans and glitter.

    Im very impressed with this collection. Every piece is exquisite.

  13. b September 29, 2011 at 20:57 #

    I’m obsessed.

  14. oksana September 29, 2011 at 20:50 #

    i adore every piece

    • Fashion Critic September 29, 2011 at 20:51 #

      me too

      • mm September 30, 2011 at 03:36 #

        +1 and Olivier is really cute!

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