Balmain (France)

From the voluminous skirts of the post-World War II “New Look” favored by Hollywood icons like Audrey Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich to the sleek, skinny jeans seen on Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi and every Kardashian, clothes from the House of Balmain have long been mainstays in celebrity wardrobes.


     The son of a dressmaker and a drapery salesman, Pierre Balmain was born in 1914 in southeastern France and formed an interest in fashion at an early age. His mother wanted her son to be an architect — but the principles of design and structure Balmain learned in his brief studies at the École des Beaux Arts served him well throughout his career. Balmain founded his now-iconic label in 1945. Alongside fellow couture titans Christian Dior and Hubert de Givenchy, Balmain’s post-war take on luxe dressing featured bell-shaped skirts falling from slender waists, structured jackets over sheath dresses and embellishments like fur trim; he called the look “Jolie Madame.” The Duchess of Windsor was an early fan, prompting an aristocratic following. Balmain was among the first to offer French looks to the American market. Since Pierre Balmain’s death in 1982, the design reins have been handed to luminaries such as Oscar de la Renta and Instagram sensation Olivier Rousteing.


     Today’s Balmain has more in common with the master’s original haute couture than you might expect: sharply tailored blazers that nip in at the waist, delicate stilettos and ultra-feminine evening wear are wardrobe basics for the 21st-century woman, too. Lovers of couture history will also prize the fluid, easy sketches from the master’s own hand they’ll find on offer here, while fashionistas clamor for military-style jackets and skinny jeans. Whether you’re a colonel in Rousteing’s “glamour army” or you fancy yourself a “Jolie Madame,” a Balmain piece — from the sixties or even last season — will add a bold, sexy note to your look. Daytime or night, vintage Balmain feels right now.

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Balmain Black Single Breasted Blazer Jacket
Balmain Jackets
Balmain black wool blazer featuring padded shoulders, one button fastening through front, two flap pockets, one slit pocket and gold-tone embossed button. Fabrics: 96% Wool, 2% Elastan...
Balmain Black Wool Classic Double Breasted Blazer ...
Balmain Jackets
Balmain Black Wool Classic Double Breasted Blazer Sz FR40 Made In: Slovaquie Color: Black Composition: 100% Wool Lining: Black 52% viscose, 48% cotton Closure/Opening: Front single but...
new BALMAIN navy blue tailored blazer jacket
Size: FR 38 EU
Dealer Location: San Francisco, CA
new BALMAIN navy blue tailored blazer jacket
Balmain Jackets
Precisely cut and perfectly tailored navy blue military blazer with antiqued gold military style buttons from BALMAIN. French size 38 which best fits a US size 4. Measures approximately...
Balmain Black Blazer Jacket
Balmain Jackets
Balmain black blazer jacket, double breasted, shawl lapels and 2 button cuffs. The blazer also features 3 non-functioning pockets, shoulder pads and silver embossed buttons. Condition:...
BALMAIN Jacket in Gray and Black Chevron Patterns ...
Balmain Jackets
BALMAIN jacket in cotton and wool with chevron patterns gray and black. It is crossed and closes by pressed buttons with silver plated metal lion head. It has two back pockets on the s...
Balmain Black Military Style Jacket
Balmain Black Military Style Jacket
Balmain Jackets
Balmain black, medium weight, military style jacket with a ribbed shawl lapel and gunmetal buttons. It features three exterior pockets and two interior pockets. Please note that it is a...
Balmain Black Military Style Jacket
Balmain Black Military Style Jacket
Balmain Jackets
Balmain black, medium weight, military style jacket with a ribbed shawl lapel and gunmetal buttons. It features three exterior pockets and two interior pockets. Please note that it is a...
Rare Balmain Spring 2009 RTW Military Style Denim ...
Balmain Jackets
Double breasted denim jacket with military detail. Jacket has three-quarter length sleeves, padded shoulders, is unlined and fastens on front with buttons at side. 100% cotton. Dry clea...
Balmain black linen studded vest
Size: FR36 EU
Dealer Location: Baarn, NL
Balmain black linen studded vest
Balmain Jackets
Black linen vest with a white and silver stone studded design. French size 38 Never worn
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Dealer Location: Baarn, NL
Balmain white linen studded vest
Balmain Jackets
White linen vest with studded design. French size 36 Never worn
Balmain Red Suede Blazer
Size: 34 EU
Dealer Location: San Francisco, CA
Balmain Red Suede Blazer
Balmain Jackets
How iconic! A red suede blazer cut as sharply as this one is instantly so rock & roll, especially when it's made by Balmain. The shoulders are super-sculpted in the signature Balmain wa...
Balmain Charcoal Military Blazer with Forest Green...
Balmain Jackets
The perfect Balmain military jacket is such a contemporary commodity - the combination of army-inspired styling and clean, chic, feminine fit is nothing short of flawless. This piece fe...
Size: 36 EU
Dealer Location: San Francisco, CA
Balmain Black Blazer with Silver Buttons
Balmain Jackets
It's hard to imagine a more perfect blazer than this! An extremely precise cut, clean lines, and slim tailoring make this piece a fabulous staple. Understated but impeccable, this jacke...
Balmain Classic Creme Wool Tuxedo Jacket New FR40
Balmain Classic Creme Wool Tuxedo Jacket New FR40
Balmain Jackets
A pristine Balmain wool tuxedo jacket, padded shoulders with satin shawl lapels. Buttoned cuffs and no front closure. Fully lined.