Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior Couture Fall 2012
Just one last TIFF 2012 post, I promise! I couldn’t let the film festival pass us by without bowing down to the most memorable looks from the past 10 days. Jennifer Lawrence in a Dior haute couture dress and sleek dark ‘do easily took the title of best dressed for me, but it was a close race for second place.
Lily Collins and Diane Kruger stunned in embellished short numbers by Balmain and Valentino respectively, while Keira Knightley and Rachel McAdams both chose beautiful Elie Saab gowns. Which TIFF red carpet look was your favourite?
Diane Kruger in Valentino Couture Fall 2012
Rachel McAdams in Elie Saab Fall 2012
Lily Collins in Balmain Pre-Fall 2012
Keira Knightley in Elie Saab Couture Fall 2012
Images via Just Jared
Balmain announced earlier this year that they would be launching a secondary line, to the excitement of Balmain fans around the world who can’t quite afford the hefty price tags of the main collection (i.e. me!). Today, via WWD, we get our first look at the line, called Pierre Balmain, which will hit stores this December. The first collection, for Spring 2012, includes both womenswear and menswear, and will feature knits, denim and tailored pieces. Prices will range from 120 euros for T-shirts to 900 euros for eveningwear.
“The Pierre Balmain collection translates the codes of Balmain in a more casual and relaxed manner,” explained Balmain chairman and chief executive officer Alain Hivelin. The company plans to open Pierre Balmain boutiques in key international cities, a number of them before the end of the year.
Images via WWD
I was doing some browsing at The Room at the Bay this week when I made a very unfortunate decision. I generally try to avoid looking at things I can’t afford (for fear I might – in a moment of weakness – sell my kidney), but I made an exception that day and stopped in the Balmain section. Being the outerwear addict that I am, I immediately spotted The Most Magnificent Coat I Have Ever Laid Eyes On. It had no price tag on it; in hindsight this should have scared me away, but in my awed state had the complete opposite effect on me. I was in lust. That’s when I made my second unfortunate decision of the day: to try it on. And guess what? It fit like a freakin’ glove. I was in coat heaven.
And I would still be there in coat heaven with my beautiful Balmain coat…if not for the minor issue of price. Turns out the going rate for the coat of my dreams is a few thousand over my budget. Never before have I felt so heartbroken over a piece of clothing. This is why I don’t linger around designer RTW above my pay grade. Hurts my feelings. Then of course, just as the wound is starting to heal today, I come across a photo of Emmanuelle Alt (newly appointed editor-in-chief of French Vogue) in my coat. She’s already got one of the top jobs in the fashion world – does she really need my coat too?
Image Credits: Streetpeeper, Net-a-porter
At the FASHION Magazine/the Bay contemporary event this past Thursday, I was involved in a serious case of inappropriate touching in The Room at the Bay. I was not the victim, however, but rather the culprit. The victim, as it were, was the fiercest jacket I’ve ever laid eyes on. I couldn’t help myself – I pawed it at not once, but twice…maybe even three times. There may have been some drool involved as well.
I wasn’t the first offender to victimize the poor Balmain military jacket I’m sure, and I certainly won’t be the last. How could I be? The khaki green colour, the buckles, the zippers, the epaulets – this jacket is perfect. Save for the price tag, of course, which brought tears to my eyes and evoked thoughts of putting a second mortgage on my condo. Le sigh. I didn’t try the jacket on for fear of doing something rash and criminal, like running out of the Bay with The Room associates and the Bay security guards chasing after me. But, boy, was I tempted.
Strong shoulders continue to prevail at Balmain for Fall 2010. I don’t mind at all, because I’ve been jumping on that bandwagon with some of my recent purchases
. The double-breasted striped suit is the perfect convergence of two current trends – nautical stripes and strong shoulders. It would be the
nautical jacket I’ve been looking for, if it were not Balmain, which is impossibly far from my price range. Never fear though, I’m sure I’ll find a contemporary alternative soon enough.
I’ve found it – the perfect double-breasted navy blazer with wonderfully detailed gold buttons! Well, I’ve found it, but I haven’t found it. I discovered it on Emmanuelle Alt among Tommy Ton’s fashion month street style snaps for Style.com…but I have no idea who the designer is. Knowing my luck, I’ll probably find out in a few days’ time that the jacket is off-season and no longer available and/or prohibitively expensive. I’m praying to the shopping gods for help on this one!
UPDATE: I fiiiinally figured out the designer. Good news is that it’s not off-season. Bad news is that it’s Balmain, which means it’s a few thousand dollars more than my budget. *sigh*