The world as we know it today would be a helluva lot less chic if it weren’t for a certain man. Karl Lagerfeld? Marc Jacobs? No, no Christophe Decarnin, the designer of Balmain is the man who has the most impact on the fashion industry ever since Wall Street crashed. “Balmania”, a term used to describe the first post-recession all-out fashion craze, is the obsession by many women ranging from Paris Voguettes including Carine Roitfeld and Emmanuelle Alt to pop stars Beyonce and Rihanna. These women are infatuated with Balmain’s broad shoulder jackets, sequined microdresses, and the through-the-roof prices that entail don’t seem to scare away buyers. Not only has Decarnin’s designs struck gold for Balmain, every chain retail store in the developed world has made a fortune off of Balmain inspired clothing. With such success weighing on the (very chic) shoulders of Balmain, the hype was running overload for the Spring 2010 show.
For spring, the Balmain woman is trading in the disco dance floor for a prehistoric battlefield. The show kicked off with military waistcoats embellished with chainmail and medallions mixed with clawed cut-outs, bullet holes, and ripped hems on skinny pants and slutty tees. T-shirts gave way to Grecian draped dresses and destroyed loincloth skirts. Bullet belts mixed with sequins to boggle the eye, and created a disco cavewoman look. Check out my favourite looks from the destroyed, stained and holed collection after the jump!