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Paris Fashion Week, Spring 2009: Balmain

In one more season it may seem formulaic, but for now, Balmain is rocking the runway. With a raw mix of jacket and pant combos, bandage dresses, and slashed gowns, this collection is party and afterparty ready. Remember Balmain's sultry Fall season? With its highly coveted (and already worn by Carine Roitfeld and daughter) party dresses and wild cut-outs? They're back, and they're better than ever. But Christophe Decarnin is not just exposed skin and energetic frills — he took his stab at the sharp shoulder. It's too conical for my taste, but it makes for some stunning jackets.The standouts are the acid washed jeans, the itty bitty body-con dresses, and the vibrant, hemline-up-to-there gowns. I do have to point out my disappointment in the shoes — haven't we seen enough studded sandals for one season? And let's face it: No one can top Rodarte's studded Louboutins. They were clearly intended to stun, but the clothes already play that role.

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brick164 brick164 8 years
amazing!
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
not usually a fan for shaped shoulders, but I am loving that middle outfit - conical shoulders and all. the dress are amazing, too...
Tabloid Tabloid 8 years
OH MY GOSH.... ABSOLUTELY TO DIE FOR! I LOVE ALL OF THE PIECES.
hottinpink9021 hottinpink9021 8 years
OMG I LOVE the dresses!!!!!!! Not so sure about the casual outfits though, but I guess if 90's grunge is back then they are alright.
bronzebeauty719 bronzebeauty719 8 years
I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED this collection! glamourous
any any 8 years
damn!! those models need to eat a sandwich or 2!
JaeB JaeB 8 years
Wow...awesome looking....
angelinemarie angelinemarie 8 years
everything is absolutely amazing
Bearsy123 Bearsy123 8 years
Love them all, even the shoes, except for that ugly denim jacket in the middle. And someone had better get that model on the left something to eat cause she's starving big time
Britney-Kayla Britney-Kayla 8 years
I love the color of the purple dress. It's striking!
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
:jawdrop: Very FAB!! I LOVE the pink and purple dresses. :drool: I would love to see Charlize rock these out! :)
NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 8 years
I love the pink dress!
sweetstanzy sweetstanzy 8 years
Beautiful Balmain collection! Christophe Decarnin is such an artist. The collection seems very 80s-inspired but without any of the cheesiness.
chellybean chellybean 8 years
the model on the far left is disgusting. the clothing is beautiful.
CoMMember13630786602261 CoMMember13630786602261 8 years
the collection is great, but that model on the left in the pink dress is way too skinny....ick
sidra5397 sidra5397 8 years
I love the selection of colours here. They make me think of those colourful little papers that chocolate is wrapped up in.
ElanaRobinson ElanaRobinson 8 years
this collection is incredible
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
That purple dress is amazing!! i love the color and the silhouette. Its to die for! It needs a red carpet moment!
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