Long a favorite among Paris' most stylish set for its collections of rough-hewn, deconstructed-yet-detailed couture, Balmain originally became popular for a very different aesthetic: uncompromising elegance. Pierre Balmain, the label's ingenious founder, had been one of the European fashion designers responsible for resurrecting luxurious dressing in the aftermath of World War II — setting up shop in 1945 and crafting sumptuous eveningwear for Hollywood royalty and actual royalty alike. Today Balmain is equally recognized for its exquisite silk and satin gowns and women’s fragrances as well for its edgy men’s collections — think distressed jeans and t-shirts, weathered leather jackets and accessories, and sporty sneakers. In 2011 the label launched the diffusion line Pierre Balmain to make its expertly crafted button-down shirts, skinny jeans, tees, one-button wool suits, and other wardrobe essentials more accessible to the fashion-forward public.
Dare to Bare: Mini Dresses, Shorts & MoreDARE TO BARE: MINI DRESSES, SHORTS & MORE
Sale: Our standard summertime style motto? If you’ve got it, flaunt it! Show a little skin in these sunny-weather picks from flirty labels like Riller & Fount, Stylein, and Maje. Toned and tanned legs will be the center of attention in embellished mini skirts, perfectly distressed cut-offs, and printed silk shorts. And you can parade your sexy shoulders and décolletage in flowing, one-shoulder dresses and party-ready strapless numbers.