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Balmain for Cheap!

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Venerable French brand Balmain underwent a serious transformation in 2005 when Christophe Decarnin took the design reigns of the 66-year-old house. His ripped t-shirts, skintight leather pants, and intricately-beaded outerwear never looked so cool (especially when worn by gorgeous models like Carmen Kass). The price point, though, was a bit out of our reach ($1,255 for a cotton shirt—whaaaat?). But all is not lost! The news came out this morning that Balmain is coming out with a diffusion (read: lower-priced) line called Pierre Balmain, which will start at $172 and run up to $1,000. Okay, it’s still not cheap, but at least it’s closer to possible. The new collection line will feature the same rocker-chic vibe of the main line, though. Patti Smith wannabees, start budgeting now; the collection will be in 700 doors come December.


Model Snejana in Pierre Balmain spring 2012.

Photo credit: Fairchild Archive

Model Carmen Kass in Balmain fall 2011.

Photo credit: Fairchild Archive

Model Anja Rubik in Balmain fall 2011.


Photo credit: Fairchild Archive

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