When I first saw the Balmain A/W 2010 collection a minute ago over on KnightCat, I let out a wry smile to myself. Because I was looking at a superglossy, several-thousand-dollar version of my own wardrobe. Not in whole, obviously, I mean we can't all manage to get our hands on a rock&roll purple fur from the local Oxfam, but my own favourite pieces that I have gathered through time and toil were on the Balmain catwalk in glamazon guise. The skintight leathers, 70s sequin dresses, brocade, the fringing, sheer blouses and white man shirts... I even own a near-identical purple velvet brocade jacket from Monsoon that my mum bought in the 80s.
Some may call Balmain brash, and targeted at a Euro-trash, Dubai expat consumer (well, they are the only ones with the dollah to be honest), but take apart the looks and you have some striking, beautifully-made individual pieces...and you don't have to wear the leather trousers!
I personally would wear both of these looks, but then again I'm someone who doesn't believe in the word 'basics' and would happily wear those INCREDIBLE gold sequin trousers on the booze-run to Co-op.