The diffusion line Pierre Balmain
seems to have settled comfortably into its role as little sister to Balmain. Well, perhaps second or third cousin might be more apt. The new Fall collection skews even more to the essential, basics side of things than the label's debut last season, making it a rather distant relation to the entirely nonessential, go-for-broke luxury of the main line. One of the few bling-y flourishes amid the polite street wear was a nailhead embroidery, quite chic in pencil skirt or leggings, and quite skippable in a draped and sheer body-con dress. It tried too hard, and that doesn't seem to be what this line is about. What the girls will clamor to buy: a perfect motorcycle jacket in black leather, and another version in ivory wool lengthened into a car coat with a shearling hem. No piggy bank busting necessary.