Warrior Mini: Balmain Pre-Fall ’13


Manon Leloup in Balmain Pre-Fall 13

If it’s sex appeal you’re after, Balmain‘s minis pretty much take the cake. Christophe Decarnin slayed us in the short and body-con department for seasons, and for Pre-Fall 13, newish Creative Director Olivier Rousteing is now killing us softly with his more subtle – yetjustassexy – Samurai warrior minis.

Worn (as has long been my preference) over slim cigarette pants, these dresses are more threats than come-ons, all armored and with the metallic sheen of exquisite embroidery in Japanese print-inspired textiles. Truly, a mini becomes a warrior’s triumph when structured just-so – and Rousteing knows how to help his girls kick ass.

Rousteing referenced the inimitable fashion editor Diana Vreeland, always beloved and recently re-celebrated via the book and film “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Must Travel.” Like Ms Vreeland’s famous living room, these Balmain minis were emphatically loud and heavily influenced by red tones.

And yet a true elegance and elevated level of taste reigned, just as with Vreeland. Rousteing seems to be inviting refinement, sex appeal, and modernity to all play nice together at his party – for why should they ever have been separated in the first place?

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