Balmain: sexy, shiny, decadent for Fall 2010

Balmain‘s romp into sexy minidresses and military-glam continues for Fall 2010. There were no surprise changes in direction or revolutionary new ideas: Christophe Decarnin is on a roll, and if the formula works, why change it?

That’s not to say there was nothing remotely different or exciting about the collection. While strong shoulders, short hems and slim silhouettes were as before, the mood was decidedly more Rococo opulence-meets-rock ‘n’ roll, with shining metallic brocades and skinny pant-suits. And it works. It’s strong, sexy, and saleable.

Balmain Fall 2010

In other parts of the collection sheer bow blouses under brocade military frock coats created a female dandy element. Floor length dresses with plunging necklines and thigh high slits are sure to be red-carpet winners.

Balmain Fall 2010

Balmain Fall 2010

Balmain Fall 2010

Balmain Fall 2010

Balmain Fall 2010

Balmain Fall 2010

Balmain Fall 2010

Balmain Fall 2010

Balmain Fall 2010

Balmain Fall 2010

Balmain Fall 2010

Balmain Fall 2010

Balmain Fall 2010

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