Founded in 1945, the house of Balmain fast became a favorite of renegade style icons such as Brigitte Bardot, who favored its cool attitude and directional silhouettes. Under the helm of Olivier Rousteing, Balmain has been re-invented for the 21st century, channeling classic rocker attitude through luxurious fabrics and rococo embellishments.
Modern Balmain staples now include ultra slim, cropped leather jeans, sequined micro-mini dresses, and, of course, the new house classic: the nipped waist, peaked-shoulder jacket. Equal parts Mick Jagger and Ziggy Stardust, the structured jacket has become a must-have for a new generation of style makers, from Beyoncé to Paris Vogue’s Emmanuelle Alt. This stage-ready wardrobe is definitely not for the camera shy, but bound to become an instant hit.