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A Balmain Obsession

3 November 2008

Hello, darlings!

I’ve been tagged by the lovely Fantabulistique for the “Happy Tag”. The rules are simple: mention the person who nominated you, list 6 unimportant things that make you happy, tag 5 blogs, state the rules, and notify the tagged with a teeny comment on their blog! 🙂

 

Little things, insignificant, usually, always make me happy! So here goes:

  1. Snow days. I love snow: flurrying or blizzards, I love it all! It’s always so beautiful and always seems to make everything light-hearted and happy. I especially love it when I wake up early in the morning and see a blanket of white outside the window; it’s a bit like a fairytale and a snowglobe, perfect, serene, and just a bit cold so that it’s perfect for hot chocolate and a fire in the fireplace! On these days curl up on my bed, chocolat chaud in hand, with a great book and Michael Buble playing on my speakers.
  2. Getting comments on this blog! 🙂
  3. Reading a new book!
  4. Organizing/redecorating my room. I have no idea why, but I just find entertainment in such tasks others see as menial. Perhaps it’s because I used to want to be an interior designer?
  5. Finding the absolute perfect gift for a friend or family member for Christmas or his/her birthday!!
  6. Just being with friends, even it’s just talking about nonsensical things.

& I tag whoever wants to fill out this little questionaire! 🙂

 

 And now, a rather late post on Balmain Spring 2009 RTW Collection. Simply fabulous. (And those shoes!!). My infatuation of them has actually grown into an obsession with the SS runway show: studs, Swarovski crystals, ripped mesh, bondage, and bright colors – I love it all.

 Before I begn my rave (for lack of a better term) of obsession for the clothing, I’ll start with the makeup. I’m completely in love – it is one of the few shows that featured wearable, runway-to-realway look. The eyes were incredible, lined with brown eyeliner & erased with a q-tip to give a slight hint at a smoldering yet natural look. The lipstick was the same color as the lip, only with a matte texture. And the hair? Natural – simply washed and dried – completely fresh and easy to do!

Now the actual collection. The color palette was fantastic, with bold teals, magenta, and black. A bit of masculinity in the shoulders, yet feminine in the body-hugging bondage silouhette. The inspiration? I see a bit of vintage Michael Jackson of the 80s & 90s in some of the jackets: a bit military circa Civil War attire, yet modern with a curved shoulder and crystal embellished detailing. The denim was just as wonderful – acid washed and destroyed, it juxtaposed the richer fabrics and luxurious crystal detailing of the tops/dresses. I suppose it would be a bit difficult for the average person such as myself to pull off, but if you are blessed with long, thin legs, DIY-ing a pair or too with the help of bleach and skinny jeans could work!

I’m completely in love with the dress in the middle: the LBD, Balmain-ified. The basic shape is, of course, the strapless LBD with the sweetheart neckline: innocent, naive, and feminine. Yet Christopher Decarnin, the genius behind the collection, adds workings of crystal chainwork and black mesh (ripped, of course). I am lusting after the other dresses as well; the bondage, for once not like that of Herve Leger, could potentially be more flattering on those who are not amongst the 5’10” crowd. Every cut, shape, fabric, and shimmering embellishment is just glamorous.

Oh and those shoes! Studded, crystallized, strappy, and unbelievably high, those are some killer heels. Both literally & figuratively (though the Louboutin heels at Rodarte are actually scary and could be confiscated at airports as potential weapons).

I guess it’s time to DIY.

xoxo,

La C.

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23 Comments leave one →
  1. 3 November 2008 9:58 pm

    Shoes as weapons, oh, I love that (perhaps I’ll have to make a song about it)! Heels like this demand a rather different sort of respect. “Obey me – or suffer my wrath.” *evil laughter*

  2. 3 November 2008 10:03 pm

    Balmain needs a store in the city, or more stores need to feature it because I desperately want to shoot the clothes. I’m glad that the brand is getting more press, but I hate hate hate the prices.

  3. 3 November 2008 10:51 pm

    i loveeee that strapless blue dress. it’s freakin’ amazing.

  4. 3 November 2008 11:12 pm

    Ooh the Balmain collection was so awesome. I loved the colour palette too 😀

  5. 4 November 2008 12:28 am

    Gorgeous dresses, love the color and the whole bondage thing. Tie me up! haha

  6. 4 November 2008 4:03 am

    Hi there-the Balmain collection rocks. I love it!

  7. 4 November 2008 4:15 am

    Love the long sleeve green one!

  8. 4 November 2008 5:21 am

    The dresses on the firts picture are fantastic )

  9. 4 November 2008 12:41 pm

    I have only seen snow once 😦 In China!!!!!!!!!!!!! We don’t have snow days in singapore 😦

  10. 4 November 2008 12:51 pm

    I absolutely love finding the perfect gift for someone too! Just as much as I heart Balmain ❤ The S/S 09 collection is pure perfection!

  11. 4 November 2008 2:00 pm

    thank you 🙂 haha yes me too!!
    i also love the balmain collection! i loved their autumn/winter one too! xx

  12. 4 November 2008 2:28 pm

    I love Balmain and I am delighted in their comeback. Great post!

  13. 4 November 2008 2:54 pm

    I love Balmain! It was the best show of the whole fashionmonth!

  14. thebaglady permalink
    4 November 2008 3:53 pm

    i love this collection! well written post 🙂

  15. 4 November 2008 5:56 pm

    i love to find a good book and spending time with friends.

  16. 4 November 2008 7:07 pm

    I agree about this collection, especially the shoes!!
    I love curling up on a snowy day too.. I hope it snows here soon!

  17. 4 November 2008 9:21 pm

    I love snow too.

    And Balmain.

  18. 5 November 2008 3:31 am

    Balmain has done so well this year, love it :)x

  19. 5 November 2008 5:40 am

    i adore balmain, one of my biggest inspiration!

  20. 5 November 2008 5:57 am

    Balmain is getting better & better each season non?! I especially like the military style jacket…so fab! I like snow… but not inlove 😉

  21. 5 November 2008 2:33 pm

    i agree with everyone of them! i’m also going to do this, if you dont mind! i love doing silly questionnaires haha! xx

  22. 5 November 2008 11:12 pm

    Who isn’t obsessed with Balmain….the entire collection is uber sexy 🙂

  23. 7 November 2008 12:16 am

    Balmain is toogood to be true! oh your little things that make you happy is so cute. i want snow in melbourne! loove organising and decorating my room and receiving comments too 😀

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