Friday, April 29, 2011

A new designer for Balmain

Olivier Rousteing
Just three weeks after Balmain announced that it was parting ways with Christophe Decarnin, its creative director of five years, comes the news that fellow Frenchman Olivier Rousteing is taking over.

It has been confirmed that Rousteing will supervise the design and development of the brand's men's and women's ready-to-wear collections. Since joining the luxury label - which is famous for creating ripped jeans that cost upwards of £1000 - in 2009, Rousteing had been in charge of the womenswear studio.

Raised in Bordeaux, Rousteing completed his fashion studies at the École Supérieure des Arts et Techniques de la Mode (ESMOD) in Paris in 2003. He then spent five years at Roberto Cavalli, where he designed both the women's and men's ranges.

Rousteing's debut for Balmain will take place during Paris Fashion Week this coming October, with a collection for spring/summer 2012. He told WWD how he wanted to ensure that the label, which was founded by Pierre Balmain in 1945, "always remains one of the leading brands that others look to as a reference".

Christophe Decarnin was notably absent from his last catwalk show for the house in Paris. Balmain's chief executive officer Alain Hivelin told press at the time that he was "too tired" to take a bow after the show, which led to unconfirmed reports that Decarnin was suffering from depression and that he did not share the same view as the CEO in regards to the future of the label.

Whether Rousteing continues with the same sexy, rock'n'roll vision that his predecessor's success was built upon remains to be seen, but one thing we're sure will stand is those ultra-expensive price tags and perhaps a whole new wave of 'Balmania' along the way.

(soure: UK Telegraph)

Strass, Spikes & Studs

Monsieur Christian Louboutin is simply a genius. He concocted the powerful mixture of Strass, Spikes and Studs for shoes. This concoction was first applied to his FW10 Women's collection, creating the "Very Mix", "Pigalili" and "Bridget's Back". To ride on the success of these designs, Louboutin is injecting the Strass, Spikes and Studs combination to his Rollerboy loafers which will be available in the FW11 Men's collection. The original "Very Mix", "Pigalili" and "Bridget's Back" cost more than US$3,500 so i believe the rollerboys will cost between US$2,800 to $3,200. As for the actual name of this rollerboy, i am not sure. Let's call it Rollerboy SSS for now...

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Crystals or Studs

From Giuseppe Zanotti

This limited edition black calfskin sneaker has a double zip and micro tone-on-tone crystals. Glamorous yet super cool. It is only available in Giuseppe Zanotti Design boutiques.
High-top sneaker in soft black nappa leather and suede, with opaque same-color double zips and vanilla-flavor perfumed rubber soles. Small black studs adorn the sides, bringing a punk touch to this glamorous accessory.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

Christian Louboutin Pik Pik

"If shoes could be deadly "Pik Pik" would kill. Made in very limited production, any sneaker collector would be lucky to have this hand placed, multi spiked style in their wardrobe."

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Christian Louboutin Louis Spikes in black patent

Black patent has finally dropped!! Get yours now

Christian Louboutin Louis Spikes in champagne gold

Gold! Gold! Gold! Keep the Gold coming!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Christian Louboutin Spacer Flat

"Their arrival has been anticipated since they walked the runway. Wait no more, "Spacer" has just touched down."

New sneakers from Christian Louboutin, the Spacer Flat. Available in 3 colours: black, white and beige. I believe this is a evolution of the Rantus. The difference is the additional straps running across the front and the zippers on the side. Yay or Nay? I think it's a nay for me...

Saturday, April 9, 2011

My first Christian Louboutin

Finally, a pair of Loubi to my shoe collection...Ordered it from the boutique at Mount Street and the shipping was extremely fast. Shipped yesterday and delivered today. The sales people over there were really nice and the whole ordering process was quick and easy. I have nothing but compliments for the whole experience. However, do remember that only Amex is accepted for mail order.

What else could i have purchased apart from the Louis Spikes? The reason why i chose the suede version is because i hate having creases on calfskin or the other leather. Suede is just perfect, i don't have to worry about that. What i need to do is to avoid the rain or basically water.

more pictures...

Friday, April 8, 2011


Just made two great purchases a few days back and this is one of them. A pair of shoes from Giacomorelli. Make a guess which one i bought.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Christian Louboutin Louis Spikes in Patent

Finally, the patent one is out. Sizes are limited are at the online store. Get yours quick! I just ordered mine but it's not this. I am a black person so guess which one i got...

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Decarnin Leaves Balmain; Successor in Wings

Balmain expects to name a new creative director next week to replace Christophe Decarnin, who has left the house, and the successor is likely to come from the current design team.

One contender may be the stylist Melanie Ward, who helped bring together the fall 2011 Balmain collection, stepping in about three weeks before the March show. Ms. Ward is well known in the fashion industry for her long collaboration with Helmut Lang.

Despite, or perhaps because of, a phenomenal run at Balmain, where he made ripped jeans and $5,000 motorcycle jackets seem the coolest thing since, well, Bardot and Brando, Mr. Decarnin hit some kind of personal impasse and lost control of the label. According to a number of people close to the house, Mr. Decarnin, under stress for some time, was absent from Balmain in the weeks before the show, perhaps since the first of the year. He was not at the show. And he has communicated little with the company’s chief executive, according to people close to the house.

Balmain’s success in the Decarnin years was based on a relatively simple formula of impeccably tailored jackets, tough pants, T-shirts and sexy beaded dresses — all for staggering sums — and Mr. Decarnin may have felt stuck in recent months about his direction. Designers are indeed under a lot of pressure, some of it self-imposed, to create relevant collections. Shy and introverted, with a label that had its admirers and critics, Mr. Decarnin may have been more vulnerable than others to that pressure.

Mr. Decarnin joined Balmain in 2005. The house, founded in 1945, has had four or five ready-to-wear designers in the past decade and a half. Mr. Decarnin’s hot look at least gave it something to bank on.

The next big change in Paris is likely to come from Dior, which is looking for a successor to John Galliano, but executives at Dior and LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton have indicated they are taking their time. -NYTIMES

Friday, April 1, 2011

Balmain for Spring

(Stretched Wool Jacket with metal pins €1600, Graphic T-shirt with tiger and wing design €340, Light cotton canvas Cargo Shorts with two side pockets €730, Laced calfskin boots with zippers on the side €830. All from Balmain Homme)

Click on the pictures to buy them online now...

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