Studded, beaded, embroidered: Balmain accessories for the bold

If you like your accessories plain and understated, turn away. Avert your eyes. Balmain is most definitely not the brand you are looking for. If unabashed rockstar glamour is your thing, however, slip on your glittering high heels and enjoy the ride.

The fashion house’s spring 2012 accessories collection is studded, beaded, embroidered, embellished. The ’70s and ’80s glam influences are still carrying on through the brand’s collections, but for the coming season they’re given a spin that nods to tribal influences, Mexican dress, and Spanish bullfighter costume. That means gold, and lots of it – be it a gilded bull’s head protruding from the centre of a clutch, or a gold-plated heel on a snakeskin ankle boot.

balmain spring 2012 shoes

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Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
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Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
Balmain S/S '12 Accessories
Balmain S/S '12 Accessories

It’s an aesthetic not all will cherish, but fans of the brand under Decarnin will still get their fix of bold, glamour-dusted statement pieces under Olivier Rousteing’s rein if this collection is anything to go by.

For the full Balmain spring 2012 accessories look book, click on the thumbnails above.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.