Since he took over at Balmain a few seasons back, Christophe Decarnin has steered the dusty house down the road to renovation – super-sexy style. For spring, he turned up the heat another degree with slinky minidresses, tight, low-slung bleached jeans and diaphanous lace tops. With Madonna blasting on the soundtrack, Decarnin’s nod to the 1980s was evident. His jeans came ripped and acid washed; sequined dresses were toughened up with punk spikes; and the tutu minidresses bordered dangerously close to kitsch. Decarnin’s obviously a designer for rich girls who just want to have fun, and they’re sure to like the square-shouldered officer’s jackets embroidered with shimmering sequins and the tight sequined halter dresses. There’s youthful energy in much of what Decarnin does, but after offering similar looks in past seasons it may now be time to elevate Balmain from the disco into another league.
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