I am SO OVER the entire fashion industry fawning over Christophe Decarnin of Balmain. Okay, so the gorgeous draped dresses with rock and roll hardware was very cool but it cost as much as a Mercedes! Let’s get real here. I am reading the Golden Age of Couture right now and the beautiful couture gowns by Balmain in the 50’s are tear inducing. The craft of couture has seriously declined in modern years yet the costs continue to escalate– I don’t get it!
My friend Chloe picked up a Balmain jacket from the FW 09 collection at a cool $22,000 and multiple t-shirts at $8,000 (yes, t-shirts, not even real blouses!?!?). She tried to convince me that the craftsmanship of Balmain bedazzle is much superior to that of my 8 year old goddaughter’s but I beg to differ. You have no idea what an 8 year old with a bedazzle gun can achieve! But I’ll have to take her word for it because I do not plan on finding out for myself. US Weekly Fashion Director Sasha Charnin Morrison agrees with me and eschewed the Balmain studded sandals for a pair at H & M for $179.
As for this belt (at a whooping $1,530)– you can have the Hermes Collier de chien belt for less– a way better look and investment. For me, it’s also much wiser to invest in vintage Haute Couture– I get mine from Cameron Silver of Decades. He knows my measurements and ships me items on approval overnight. And seriously, nothing matches vintage Haute Couture from the golden age!
What do you think of Balmain by Christophe Decarnin? High Fashion or Craft project? Balmain at Net-a-porter.com