balmain f/w 2012

Since taking over from Christophe Decarnin, 26-year-old designer Olivier Rousteing has brought a new sensibility to the house of Balmain. Gone are the days of $600 tattered cotton t-shirts and $3,000 distressed denim. Don't worry - the clothes are still hyper expensive with nods to rock 'n' roll, but there's a new level of sophistication. Rousteing's vision for Balmain is couture with ease, and for fall he crafted a collection of intricately embellished clothes inspired by a Faberge egg that Richard Burton gave to Elizabeth Taylor. Pearls, crystals, studs, needlepoint florals, quilting, and embroidery accented or fully encrusted thigh skimming dresses, velvet pants, boxy leather jackets, and slouchy suiting, all of which was paired with lots of leather and more velvet. It's an uber luxe collection worthy of Balmain's astronomical price tags. See the complete collection here.

Photos: WWD

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