I know most people love the general Balmain "look", but my refusal to buy into the hype has led me to see things in a different light.
I fail to see where all the excitement is. These outfits don't make me swoon, dream, smile, gasp, or fan myself with my hand. I most certainly expect the getups of the "powers that be" in fashion to cause these effects.
I used to appreciate Emmanuelle Alt's understated outfits but as soon as she became the Balmain guru, she has been in the most uninspired rut I've seen in awhile. Does she have some kind of exclusivity contract? It's head-to-toe Balmain every time we see her.
Barbara Martelo's (middle) outfit is just absurd. That skirt can have all the detailing it wants, but from where this picture was taken the shirt+skirt combo could've been hanging on the rack of Hot Topic.
"OH, BUT IT'S BALMAIN!! IT'S EDGY, EFFORTLESS PARISIAN CHIC! 1300 EUROS WELL SPENT FOR A 100% COTTON TEE!"
As is tradition, here is today's cheap ebay alternative to Balmain:
$3.99 at ebay
^^okay, not exactly the same but she could've been wearing this exact thing.
FIERCE OR FARCE has helped me with the ebay searching and has come up with some delightful Balmainy gems...I love how everything we find is always less than $50!!
and, to complete your look... a boy's tuxedo jacket:
Never again spend 20,000 euros for a basic print t-shirt and grey skinny jeans! The cookie jar has come to your rescue.