Kristen Stewart at the 2011 Movie Awards, Jessica Alba at the 2010 "Machete" premiere, Leighton Meester at the 2011 Movie Awards.
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Yeah sure, those crazy rock star looks perfected by Kristen Stewart at the MTV Movie Awards were so veritably mind-splaying that we might have asked her for a safety pin or two to keep our brains together, but most of us starving, lonely bloggers could never afford such a tasty sartorial concoction. It is BALMAIN, the same brand that brought us a T-shirt that weighed in at a hefty $1,500. The same brand that has helped Beyoncé "Run The World." The very same brand that made a dress that appeared on SEVEN MAGAZINE COVERS in its glitzy lifetime. What? Us? That's too rich for our blood. Well, stop the fashion train, guys, because we've got some wallet-friendly (or friendlier) news about the House Balmain.
After the departure of head designer Christophe Decarnin last year and the hullabaloo over that egregiously priced T-shirt, the brand has opted to take a decidedly less posh approach and create a diffusion line for us poor plebes (No no, we kid. There is still leather and evening wear, don't worry.). The offshoot, set to appear in December, has the same edgy looks that K. Stew loves but without all the embellishment and expensive rips and tears (which you pay more for, obvi). Instead of safety pins and massive spikes, the collection, titled "Pierre Balmain," will have more off-the-carpet options for both men and women, including zipper-laden trousers and a killer two-toned dip-dyed skirt.
Three looks from "Pierre Balmain," Balmain's newest line.
While not exactly discount, the prices have been slashed considerably—to $172 for a tee and $1,291 for the priciest items. (Given the fact that the brand was expecting us to shell out four figures for a measly T-shirt, this is practically bargain basement.) Balmain's covetous leather will make an appearance, as will its punk-friendly prints (ZEEEBRAZ FTW!) and shrunken skirts. It's not exactly MTV Movie Awards fare, but still good for when you are hanging out with your vampire boyfriend and trying to look cool while dodging the paps.