Balmain 2If the clothes of Christophe Decarnin’s Spring 2010 collection for Balmain were the costumes for a movie, that movie would be Beyond Thunderdome 2: In Da Club.

The clothes are straight from the closet of a post-apocalyptic party girl; they’re equal parts grunge and glam, which continues and builds upon the half dozen or so trends that Balmain single-handedly spawned with their Fall 2009 effort (if you’ve bought any daytime sequins or hard shoulders for fall, thank Christophe Decarnin).

This season was another one filled with military jackets, glitter, epaulets, and deconstruction to the point of near-demolition. But these garments were less glam-industrial and more dystopian-fabulous, which means we got them in shades of gold and bronze instead of silver and graphite.

The glittering tanks that looked a bit like ultrafine chain mail were a standout under the types of jackets that have come to be a Balmain classic under Decarnin – lots of embellishment on top of statement shoulders and a militaristic aesthetic, smart shrunken leather blazers, and a vague marching band vibe here and there. And it sounds ridiculous, and it was, but also incredibly brilliant.

And if you don’t like it, well, too bad. Much of chain retail is going to be ripping off this collection in every way imaginable in a few months, and you’re going to be hard pressed to find something on-trend that doesn’t look like it came from this runway.

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  • Michael St. James

    LOVES IT!!! I ain’t know dat Tarzan be up in da club!?!

  • atrophia

    I really like the cutaways from 6 and 14, love the jacket from 4 and 13, and I think I need the top from 3.

  • Ping

    IT’s a HOT collection!! I’m so tempted to run to Paris to buy the jacket in 4 and the dress in 6!!! they are so amazingly SEXY!!!

  • Brigette

    This collection is definitely hot! I seriously think wearing Balmain could make you feel like you could conquer the world. I love it!

  • Merve

    Decarnin just has this amazing knack of making grunge clothes incredibly well fitting and glam which is a contradiction in its self. Fabulous. I wish i could buy all of them!

  • hect

    love it i think its very dynasty very 80s in a modern couture way i think its very influential and think that the latest collections like gucci and even de la renta have been inspired by this style marked by balmain i find it hust perfect

  • Rachana Rao

    Very edgy designs and practical too … There is something about this collection that makes it very wearable ..I love the shimmering tanks and the jackets worn by all the models ..Love em all

  • The Girl in Grey

    OMG! Balmain makes me go crazy in the head! I just want everything shown here, and now.