Balmain

Balmain is a French brand, that has debuted in 1945. Balmain women’s collections from the beggining were created for true fashionistas. The brand's founder is Pierre Balmain, a clothes and costume designer who has dressed Hollywood's famous stars such as Brigitte Bardot, Marlene Dietrich and Sophia Loren. Initially, Balmain's women's collections were mainly based on classic cuts and elegant fabrics with exceptional accessories. However, the brand lead by Christophe Decarnin has acquired a new quality, and the urban rock style of the Balmain's metamorphosis has gained approval. Currently, the creative director of the brand is Olivier Rousteing.

BALMAIN WOMEN'S COLLECTION

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Sleeveless crop top

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Patterned sleeveless dress

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Logo T-shirt

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Crop top

High-waisted jeans od Balmain High-waisted jeans od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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High-waisted jeans

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High-waisted jeans

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Logo-appliquéd jeans

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Branded sweatshirt

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Branded sweatshirt

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Branded sweatshirt

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Logo hoodie

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Printed sweatshirt

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Printed sweatshirt

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Patterned top

Shoulder bag with logo od Balmain Shoulder bag with logo od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Shoulder bag with logo

Shoulder bag with logo od Balmain Shoulder bag with logo od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Shoulder bag with logo

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Patterned dress

Military style dress od Balmain Military style dress od Balmain

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Military style dress

Cropped t-shirt with logo od Balmain Cropped t-shirt with logo od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Cropped T-shirt with logo

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T-shirt with logo

High-waisted trousers od Balmain High-waisted trousers od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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High-waisted trousers

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Sequinned dress

Tweed skirt od Balmain Tweed skirt od Balmain

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Tweed skirt

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Tweed crop top

Slides with logo od Balmain Slides with logo od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Slides with logo

Patterned high-waisted shorts od Balmain Patterned high-waisted shorts od Balmain

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Patterned high-waisted shorts

Wool shorts od Balmain Wool shorts od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Wool shorts

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Slides with logo

Stiletto ankle boots od Balmain Stiletto ankle boots od Balmain

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Stiletto ankle boots

Platform sneakers od Balmain Platform sneakers od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Platform sneakers

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Sleeveless T-shirt

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Patterned dress

Geometric-printed shirt od Balmain Geometric-printed shirt od Balmain

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Geometric-printed shirt

Asymmetrical skirt od Balmain Asymmetrical skirt od Balmain

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Asymmetrical skirt

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Dress with pockets

Asymmetrical denim skirt od Balmain Asymmetrical denim skirt od Balmain

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Asymmetrical denim skirt

Skirt with pockets od Balmain Skirt with pockets od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Skirt with pockets

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Skirt with pockets

Cropped sequin blazer od Balmain Cropped sequin blazer od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Cropped sequin blazer

Double-breasted blazer od Balmain Double-breasted blazer od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Double-breasted blazer

Branded t-shirt od Balmain Branded t-shirt od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Branded T-shirt

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Patterned skirt

Heeled ankle boots od Balmain Heeled ankle boots od Balmain

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Heeled ankle boots

Zip-up hoodie od Balmain Zip-up hoodie od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Zip-up hoodie

Sleeveless dress od Balmain Sleeveless dress od Balmain

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Sleeveless dress

Sweatshirt with logo od Balmain Sweatshirt with logo od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Sweatshirt with logo

Sweatshirt with logo od Balmain Sweatshirt with logo od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Sweatshirt with logo

Trench with notched lapels od Balmain Trench with notched lapels od Balmain

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Trench with notched lapels

Double-breasted blazer od Balmain Double-breasted blazer od Balmain

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Double-breasted blazer

Sweatshirt with logo od Balmain Sweatshirt with logo od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Sweatshirt with logo

Sweatshirt with logo od Balmain Sweatshirt with logo od Balmain

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Sweatshirt with logo

Logo t-shirt od Balmain Logo t-shirt od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Logo T-shirt

Sleeveless t-shirt od Balmain Sleeveless t-shirt od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Sleeveless T-shirt

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Logo T-shirt

Logo t-shirt od Balmain Logo t-shirt od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Logo T-shirt

Peak lapel blazer od Balmain Peak lapel blazer od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Peak lapel blazer

Hooded jacket od Balmain Hooded jacket od Balmain

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Hooded jacket

Cropped blazer od Balmain Cropped blazer od Balmain

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Cropped blazer

Sleeveless top od Balmain Sleeveless top od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Sleeveless top

Sleeveless t-shirt od Balmain Sleeveless t-shirt od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Sleeveless T-shirt

Ankle boots with logo od Balmain Ankle boots with logo od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Ankle boots with logo

Logo t-shirt od Balmain Logo t-shirt od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Logo T-shirt

Logo t-shirt od Balmain Logo t-shirt od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Logo T-shirt

High-waisted jeans od Balmain High-waisted jeans od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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High-waisted jeans

Peak lapel blazer od Balmain Peak lapel blazer od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Peak lapel blazer

Peak lapel blazer od Balmain Peak lapel blazer od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Peak lapel blazer

Peak lapel blazer od Balmain Peak lapel blazer od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Peak lapel blazer

Woven tank top od Balmain Woven tank top od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Woven tank top

Ribbed briefs od Balmain Ribbed briefs od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Ribbed briefs

Ribbed briefs od Balmain Ribbed briefs od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Ribbed briefs

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Top with logo

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Top with logo

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Top with logo

Crop top w/ denuded shoulders od Balmain Crop top w/ denuded shoulders od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Crop top w/ denuded shoulders

Crop top w/ denuded shoulders od Balmain Crop top w/ denuded shoulders od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Crop top w/ denuded shoulders

Silk pyjama pants od Balmain Silk pyjama pants od Balmain

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Silk pyjama pants

Leggings with logo od Balmain Leggings with logo od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Leggings with logo

Silk pyjama top od Balmain Silk pyjama top od Balmain

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Silk pyjama top

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Silk pyjama pants

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Silk pyjama pants

Shorts with logo od Balmain Shorts with logo od Balmain

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Shorts with logo

High-waisted briefs od Balmain High-waisted briefs od Balmain

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High-waisted briefs

Ribbed briefs od Balmain Ribbed briefs od Balmain

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Ribbed briefs

High-rise briefs od Balmain High-rise briefs od Balmain

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High-rise briefs

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High-rise briefs

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Leggings with logo

Briefs with logo od Balmain Briefs with logo od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Briefs with logo

Logo briefs od Balmain Logo briefs od Balmain PERMANENT COLLECTION

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Logo briefs

High-rise briefs od Balmain High-rise briefs od Balmain

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High-rise briefs

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Logo briefs

A new form of tradition? Balmain women!

Pierre Balmain has started his design activity under the Parisian sky full of passion for art. An unrealised architect was building his fashion empire with masterful precision. The first steps of Balmain fashion house in the world of high fashion are dated back to the 1940s. Exhausted by the war, Europe welcomed with a great enthusiasm designs of this talented costumer and designer.

Balmain dress... from an architect!

Balmain brand precursor had been connected with fashion in a special way for years. His mother and sister were the owners of a clothing boutique, while his father was selling fabrics. The designer spent several years learning the secrets of the architect's profession, but instead of designing buildings, the founder of the Balmain brand preferred to design dresses. Balmain was not afraid to go out on a limb. He worked as a freelancer with several designers, but soon afterwards he dropped out of education and focused on the development of the newly established brand. After completing his military service, he has begun working for Lucien Lelong and fifteen years later he presented his collection to the world.

From the very beginning Balmain was giving priority to women's collections. It is no surprise, therefore, that over the last 70 years of the brand's existence, the designers' outfits were dressed by the most powerful women in the world. What have in common Brigitte Bardot, Marlene Dietrich, Sophia Loren, the queen of Thailand, Scarlett Johansson or Naomi Watts? Each of these ladies dressed Balmain dress at least once. 

What the Balmain style dress looks like?

The first designs from the French were strongly linked to the classics. Pierre, a fan of simple cuts, looked for uncomplicated solutions, simultaneously using exclusive fabrics. Balmain women's designs were enriched with details. Necklace, bracelet or other small accessory was enough for him. The classic skirt underlining the narrow waist, Balmain jacket but also refined dresses have created a unique image of this appreciated brand. 

Balmain dress – XXI century haute couture

After Pierre's death, the fashion house felt into trouble. The new creative directors have been introducing only minor relishes into the brand classics, explaining that Balmain accustomed clients to a specific style. Christophe Decarnin was a person that has decided to add a pinch of spiciness to Balmain dress. After becoming a creative director in 2006, he convinced everyone that Balmain dress can be worn on the street, not only in the salons of noble society and that a bit of Rock and roll inspirations will not harm the brand. His convictions were also applied to Balmain women’s jeans, Balmain women’s tops or, for example to Balmain women’s t-shirts. The experiment was a success. Balmain style dresses have returned to their privileges and are becoming increasingly popular.