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 Green Patterned Lace Up Detail Flare Jeans...
Balmain Pants
Balmain printed low rise flare jeans in tones of green. Features a zip fly with cross lace tie detail, two front side pockets, two rear pockets and panelled details. Knot in suede rib...
Balmain Black Leather Biker Motorcycle Skinny Jean...
Balmain Pants
Balmain Black Leather Biker Motorcycle Skinny Jeans / Pants. This style is still in stores selling for $3100+. Size FR 36 (USA 4). Gold metal ankle zips, ridged knees, gold lion head s...
Balmain Metallic Leather Motocross Trousers
Balmain Pants
Balmain silver metallic leather motocross trousers with two zipper pockets at the back and front and three unzipped pockets at the front. The trousers are skinny fitting, midrise and f...
2000s Balmain Monochromatic trousers
Size: 40 EU
Dealer Location: Capri, IT
2000s Balmain Monochromatic trousers
Balmain Pants
2000s Balmain monochromatic paint stroke trousers unisex trousers in size 40
BALMAIN Size 4 White Cotton Gold Zip Moto Jeans
Balmain Pants
Signature BALMAIN motorcycle jeans in a white cotton twill featuring a low rise, double zip frontal pockets, simulated knee pads, ribbed panels, and zip leg closure. Retails at $1200.0...
Balmain Black and White Striped Skinny Jeans
Balmain Pants
Balmain black and white vertically striped, low rise, skinny jeans with silver zips on the ankles and pockets. They feature three front pockets and two back pockets. Condition: 10/1...
Balmain Black Skinny Jeans with Gold Embroidery
Balmain Pants
Balmain black, low rise, skinny jeans with ribbing on the thighs, gold ankle zips and gold embroidery on the outer thighs and around the waistline. Condition: 10/10 Approx measur...
Balmain Black and Grey Harlequin Print Skinny Jean...
Balmain Pants
Balmain low rise, black and light grey harlequin skinny jeans with silver ankle zips. They feature seven front pockets, two back pockets and belt loops. Condition: 10/10 Approx m...
BALMAIN Size 32 Taupe Denim Ribbed Moto Jeans
Balmain Pants
BALMAIN Jeans consists of 100% cotton material in a taupe color tone. Designed with hidden zip-fly clasp closure, multiple pocket front, tone-on-tone stitching throughout body. Rib-knee...