The One-Armed Balmain Brigade
Balmain’s been an editor’s favorite for a few seasons now but it appears that it’s winning over designers as well. Just two days into the New York shows, and the one-sleeve wonder is the toast of the town. Yigal Azrouël showed a modern take on what Alexis Carrington might have slipped into for a primetime catfight; Cushnie et Ochs crop-top evoked an Aladdin Sane-era Bowie; and Charlotte Ronson’s knit version looks almost snuggly. Everyone has a better side for red-carpet photo ops, but these looks beg the question: Do you have a better arm? Now let’s pause a moment to reflect on another one-sleeve creation, vaguely familiar, that went down in the Oscar Dress Hall of Shame—Kim Basinger’s self-designed dress that she wore to the 1990 awards show. Ripped to shreds by critics at the time, maybe enough years have passed that it deserves a second look. Perhaps she was truly forward-thinking.