Balmain Fall 2009: An 80s Revival

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Roland Mouret

Christophe Decarnin at Balmain has been driving the Fashion World

The house of Balmain was sizzling hot on the runway this season, thanks to man behind the label Christophe Decarnin, who is widely considered a fashion visionary! Paris bubbled with sexy shows, but few matched the high voltage vampiness of Christophe Decarnin’s punk influenced collection for Balmain. For autumn/winter 2009, the designer took his signature party girl clothes up a notch with crystals flashing on serious micro-mini skirts, leopard print skin-tight trousers and some brilliantly cut tuxedo jackets worn with jeans.  His signature rock’n’roll glam at Balmain included uber-short minis, body-con dresses and a fair amount of sequins. He also continued with shapely jackets with peaked French shoulders, that were so extreme, two models nearly collided on the runway. 

Christophe Decarnin, whose sexy rocker pagoda-shouldered jackets and tiny mini-dresses help turn the once famous Paris house of Balmain into one of the world’s hottest labels, completely reversed the label’s fortunes in recent years, and transformed Balmain into a must-have label for the global glitterati. Yes, there was a familiar feel to the collection, but there’s always a never-ending battle between the crowd-pleasing and the boundary-pushing conceptual. Decarnin knows his audience and how to please his jet set party girls from around the globe.

Here’s a list of the Supermodels in the show

  • Anna Selezneva

  • Anja Rubik

  • Natasha Poly

  • Anna Jagodzinska

  • Raquel Zimmermann

  • Magdalena Frackowiak

  • Erin Wasson

  • Eniko Mihalik

  • Elena Melnik

  • Karmen Pedaru

  • Lara Stone

  • Lily Donaldson

  • Kim Noora

  • Freja Beha Erichsen

  • Isabeli Fontana

  • Carmen Kass

  • Sasha Pivovarova

  • Edita Vilkeviciute

  • Angela Lindvall

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