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Has any label exploded this past year to the extreme degree that Balmain has? From Madonna videos to Rihanna to Victoria Beckham, celebs – and those that can afford to spend upwards of $10,000 on a blazer and $1,000 for a white tee — people seem to be obsessed with the French label, which pretty much singlehandedly brought about the 80’s structured shoulder trend that is still going strong on the runways this season. But for his Spring/Summer 2010 collection, Christophe Decarnin mixed things up a little.


Yes there were of course still enough looks to keep the shoulder-obsessed happy – including some pieces with stunningly over-the-top shoulder embroidery – but there were a number of deep-V dresses and slouchy tops as well. The color palette was very dark with black, army green, gray, and gold lame dominating.


While many other designers – along with mass retailers like Topshop and Zara — are just now getting on the structured shoulder trend, Balmain is one step ahead, adding a more military look to his shoulder (which ties into the color choices this season as well). The military-inspiration was particular obvious in the outerwear pieces like an olive green jacket with angular structured shoulders and fringe that had buttons coming down on either side along with ornate sleeve details.


Decarnin’s signature slashing (made famous by his four figure slashed white tee), was also on display to much success via both tops and mini dresses. Decarnin is a true pioneer, and his work have proven to be an inspiration for countless other designers. This season, his collection was not only interesting, impeccably crafted and detailed, but also wearable (at least for those that can pull-off hyper body-conscious looks).

Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.