Being more of a street fashionista than a couture queen, I was pleasantly surprised to find not one, but two collections which inspired me to whole-heartedly say, I’d wear that. However, is it necessarily a good thing that I could minutely tweak a few pieces from my own closet and seamlessly integrate into the line-up? This is my only qualm with Balmain‘s S/S 2011 collection, which is chock-full of punk rock princess power pieces: ripped fishnets, shredded jeans, faded tees, and leather biker jackets with hardware for miles (tons of heavy pyramid studs and safety pins). Head designer Christophe Decarnin further upped the punk ante by blaring Sid Vicious as models sauntered down the runway, opting for classic colors of the so-called less-than-classy-crowd: white, red, and black with a side of Confederate America.
Balenciaga‘s show was more nouveau punk, pushing the borders of gender roles with mainly androgynous models touting highly pared-down makeup and *gasp* flats! Designer Nicolas Ghesquière harkened back to the iconic fashion house’s perennial style notes, mainly in mixing plasticized materials with highly couture garment finishes. Giant and somewhat cartoonish houndstooth prints in classic black/white and punkier blue/black and red/black were a major focal point along side a bevy of separates consisting of layered gossamers bearing funky prints. Shapes were boxy across the board, yet somehow managed to come off with just enough femininity—think Twiggy meets Les Garçonnes.
This is the stuff of power, beauty, and individuality. Rock on.
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