PFW: Balmain


Joanne Black @ Balmain show


Golden piece by Balmain

Location: Le Grand Hotel Paris
Joanne Black style: black BCBG top, Zadig & Voltaire jeans and Ash boots

Designer Christophe Decarnin gave Paris Fashion Week the royal treatment with his combination of regal purples and glittering gold pieces – not to mention the ‘Prince’ soundtrack!

The Balmain A/W ready-to-wear collection had everything for the fun-loving party girl and Oscars attendee. If it wasn’t glittering with gold, it didn’t make it down the runway. With a gold leather dress – slashed to the navel and covered in beads and sequins – beautiful belts, and jackets, skin-tight pantsuits and spray-on leggings, there wasn’t an understated outfit in sight!

Funnily enough, it wasn’t so much the gold that caught my eye. I did quite fancy a pair of the sassy red leather trousers on show. I also loved Carine Roitfeld’s Balmain boots with gold buttons, which she displayed proudly from her front row seat. Carine’s both a Balmain fan and a trendsetter, so it looks like we’ll all be golden girls later this year.

Blake Lively


Joanne Black loves Blake Lively's Balmain Sequin number

Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively looked every inch the stylish celebrity on page 26 of a recent Now magazine. Her sexy party look is inspiration to all those ladies getting ready for the Christmas party season. Blake’s Balmain LBD makes the most of this season’s trend for power shoulders and looks fabulous with her scraped back hair and choice of emerald accessories. Those ankle boots also deserve a mention – the perfect accessory for the perfect party outfit. If you’re looking to recreate this look – without the price tag – I would suggest a trip to Whistles. They have a similar LBD for just £200!