Power Pieces: Balmain Jacket
With the likes of Joan Smalls, Jourdan Dunn and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley all counting themselves unwavering recruits of the Balmain army, the illustrious French fashion house’s Creative Director, Olivier Rousteing, has achieved the ultimate in desirability; and no other piece in his repertoire is more coveted than the jackets.
Characterised by power shoulders and a nipped in waist, the example was set during Christophe Decarnin’s tenure at Balmain, when jackets played a key part in the designer’s military-inspired Spring/Summer 2009 collection. Sarah Jessica Parker, Victoria Beckham and Gwyneth Paltrow were early advocates, while Olivier Rousteing’s exquisitely-tailored styles count Jennifer Lawrence, Karlie Kloss and Kim Kardashian and her daughter North West, who has had three mini-me versions made especially for her, as super fans.
Why are they so popular? Tailored to create a truly enviable silhouette and available in numerous styles so that you’re guaranteed to find at least one that fits seamlessly into your wardrobe, a Balmain jacket has the ability to set off formal looks as well as dress up off-duty denim. A true buy now, wear forever piece.
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