For Spring 2013, Balmain's secondary line, Pierre Balmain, stayed far away from the rock-and-roll antics of its sister label and instead focused on an optimistic distillation of shapes from the 1950s. The collection, which was shown in Beijing in May and presented Monday morning as a digital fashion show, featured men's and women's looks. The ladies saw skirt-and-jacket combinations that echoed the New Look in a modern way: A-line skirts and dresses were paired with close-tailored denim or leather jackets and, at one point, a tiger-print twin set. Sleeveless peplum tops pointed at the same shapes, but fuller-cut blouses and jackets were sprinkled throughout the show, paired with slim-cut trousers and jeans to emphasize volume. The men's looks — all suits and separates save for a leather jacket and a full denim ensemble — were well-tailored basics made interesting with pops of bright pink and oversize dot and plaid prints.
Photo courtesy of Pierre Balmain