Monday, May 28, 2012

Who Wore Balmain Better?

Who Wore It Better?
Balmain Resort 2012 Dress

Six stylish celebrities, One Balmain dress...this is a 'Who Wore it Better' of epic proportions. Of the entire Balmain Resort 2012 collection, this glittering dress has had the most outings on the red carpet. The white long sleeved mini with low v-neck is richly embroidered with a sort-of tribal gold metallic design. The first to wear the dress was actress Zoe Saldana and ten months later, Kim Kardashian. With four more in between.


Always one to start a trend, Zoe Saldana was first spotted in the mini on 22nd August 2011. Zoe's look divulged from the original, as it had a flowing white chiffon train attached to it. Multi-strap black sandals were her choice of heel.
Creative director for Vogue Japan, Anna Dello Russo wore the Balmain dress a month after Zoe, on 26 September 2011, for a 'casual day' out during Milan Fashion Week. Strappy golden yellow Chrissie Morris sandals, Victoria Beckham sunglasses and a gold Bottega Veneta clutch complete Anna's outfit.
In November 2011, Victoria's Secret model Joan Smalls dressed in the little gold dress, pairing it with an Alexander Wang envelope clutch and silver ankle-strap sandals.

Just two weeks after Joan wore the dress, her fellow Victoria's Secret colleague, Brazilian beauty Alessandra Ambrosio opted for the exact same look. Her accessories included nude peep-toe Vita platforms by Jimmy Choo and a tan Valentino studded leather clutch bag.
Next in line, we saw Katy Perry don the dress during Paris Fashion Week in March this year. The only difference with Katy's look is that the colours are inverted. She walked in Christian Louboutin sandals and carried a gold box clutch by Salvatore Ferragamo. With the ink blue hair, doesn't it makes her seem like part of a showgirl act?
Kim Kardashian was the last starlet to wear the glitzy dress, at an event in Cannes last week (23 May 2012). Kim added a pair of black satin Balmain boots to the mix.




The dress as seen on Polish model Kasia Struss, from the Balmain Resort 2012 collection. It features a white leather double buckle belt. Her matching embellished footwear seemed a more appropriate fit than all the other looks.

Would it be cheating to say I preferred this dress as it was originally shown on the model? 
If I had to pick from all six, I would have to say Anna Dello Russo. The woman is 50 years old, yet she rocks this swanky gold look (in the daytime nonetheless), as good as, if not better than the others who are 20 years her junior.
What are your thoughts?

61 comments:

Adeola Naomi said...

I will go for Joan Smalls!!!
Have a great week Sam!!
Take care and hope you had a great weekend?
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Miss V said...

I'm going with Zoe Saldana, I think she looks stylish, and the dress doesn't overpower the overall look.
Great post, by the way the post of cannes was brilliant
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Estilo Hedónico said...

Kim Kardashian NO, please!!!!! :)

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Re said...

The dress is amazing I wish i had one.

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Vanisha @ Vanishas Life In...Australia said...

I would probably cheat and say I like it on the model too. I don't actually like how it looks on any of the six :/ Did you manage to watch much of the Eurovision? Some of the outfits, though cultural, were just beautiful!

Joyce said...

Hmmm I think I like the dress best on the model, Kasia Struss. This dress is stunning, no wonder so many people are wearing it.

Kendra said...

Joan Smalls and Katy Perry

Rahul Bhatia said...

Agree with your choice of bewitching looks of Anna Dello Russo even at 50, Sam:)

Wil Harris said...

Yeah Anna Dello Russo looks great and so does Joan Smalls. Great post!

Cheeky Chic said...

I can tell you who wor it the worse.. KIM<<
I am liking it better on VS girls.
interesting post.
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Gabi said...

Kasia Struss and Joan Smalls are my favorite.

Fashion-Bridge said...

The Balmain dress is magnificent! and all the ladies are extremely stylish and chic. But I must admit I like Anna Dello Russo the most. As usual she managed to add her own touch and quite an amount of glam to the gown.

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Bree said...

I definitely much prefer the collection look as well! But, I do love how Anna Dello Russo wore it. :D

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Nee said...

thanks a lot for the comment Sam:)
Joan Smalls wore it best! I also like Zoe's, because of the "skirt" detail.
Alessandra's clutch doesn't fit in this outfit, but she looks good in it:)
and omg, Kim! what about those boots?:S

Sara Shoemaker said...

Hands down Zoe Saldana. I love that she's the only one who added a white, asymmetrical train to it. Very different and very pretty! Kim looks the worst in it I think. I could do these celeb who wears it better things all day, love em!


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Ember Drake said...

Joan Smalls definitely gets my vote - she looks amazing! Although Zoe does look lovely too with the addition of the skirt!

Em
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fluff and fripperies said...

Oh wow, this is a hard one to call, but I think Zoe Saldana just has the edge!

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Thesmallnoble said...

I think Joan Smalls wore it the best way! But Zoe Salanda looks good too in it (:
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Martina said...

ANNA is the winner:)

Re said...

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I like the dress on Alessandra Ambrosio and Joan Smalls. :)) xx

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Lilli said...

My fav is Alessandra Ambrosio but they all wear it perfectly! Kisses Sam!:)

Anna said...

Ohhh meee oh my! Sam!! This dress is perfection! HOW have I not seen any of these snaps in gossip mags yet? I adore it. Can I just start with who butchered it first though? Kim K. Unfortunatley. I would have to say Zoe does it best (which is fitting as she was the trend setter) followed very closely by Joan Smalls & then Katy Perry!!

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Cindy C. said...

I thnk for such an elaborately printed dress, less is more. In this case, Joan Smalls wore it the best (in my opinion) and Zoe coming in 2nd let me just say Kim did NOT do the dress justice O.o the boots just ruined the look haha (no offense to her i love her just not in the outfit) (:
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Sarah said...

I definitely prefer it on the model too. However overall I love how Zoe Saldana wore it xx

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Daisy said...

love the picture with Kasia!!

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NaNa said...

Joan Smalls gets my vote! But ADR looks fantastic in it as well ^_^

eDina said...

omg..I am not a Katy Perry fan at all..but I must say she won this contest!

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Its Loreta said...

Amazing dress!I think Joan Smalls:)
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Stephanie said...

Wow! I love this dress!

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Audrey Allure said...

Love the way Joan Smalls wears it!

erica marie said...

Hands down Joan Smalls for me.

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Denise said...

This time you got me... I would say some wore it better considering the torso, and some better considering the bottom part. Honestly speaking, I would have to pick, in my opinion, Kate Perry but the bosom was a bit huge for the dress... I really don't know! As I said, you "got" me hanging! Can't decided!

yiqin; said...

anna looks good <3

Andrea said...

Loved this post, the dress is gorgeous! Joan Smalls looks PERFECT! But, Kim Kardashian, with that ugly boots? No-no! :P

Nicole said...

I love Joan and Anna. Kim Kardashian...STEP AWAY PLEASE! Who told her to wear those boots??!!!
xxx

Jenna Hughes said...

i'm not really a fan of the dress

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indie by heart said...

I think it looks best on Joan Smalls :) Gorgeous piece, by the way..

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Roberta said...

I think Joan Smalls look incredible with it!
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Marie Martell said...

Hey Sam! Happy Memorial Day! I'm off from work today, here it's a paid holiday! :) So great to stay home and relax. Hope all is well. I think Joan Smalls wore this dress the best! Her shoes, clutch and hair are perfect! Thanks for stopping by! btw I'm so happy u agreed with me re X factor fashion!! lol

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lexi said...

Zoe, without a doubt. even if she didn't attach the white skirt, her looks are killer in this dress!

Dominika said...

Anna Dello Russo's outfit immediately caught my eye, she doesn't even look her age- I wish I could have such a wonderful body when I get older!

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Chezka said...

Anna dell Russo, for me! She looks comfortable in it, more than the other lovely ladies!
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Beauty Follower said...

JOan Smalls!

The Jones said...

I do love Joan and Zoe...the original shoes are better, I agree, but I don't like that the white belt distracts from the dress.

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The Chic Sheet said...

I love them all, but Kim K looks terrible! Those boots are way too heavy for the dress.

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Lilli said...

thanks for following dear!:) I'm your follower from a while and it makes me very happy!:) kisses and have a nice evening!

Pretty Affair said...

i gotta say: Zoe & Alessandra wore it best in my opinion! :) love your blog so following you now xx

hautepinkpretty said...

I'm torn between Zoe and Joan! Though, Alessandra would be a close third! Xox <3 hautepinkpretty.com

Tanii said...

wow, they're all wearing the same dress..I actually like Katy Perry's one :)

Daniella said...

Hi sweetie, Ah i have internet :D It's so good to be back online,it actually feels like a lifetime! So happy to be back writing on once again another amazing post of yours! I love this Balmain dress,the structure is stunning and i love the overall luxe feel :) My favourites are the top three and especially Anna Dello Russo,that woman is an inspiration! And even though its a negative i know but i have to say it,i can't stand the way Kim K styled the dress as to me nothing seems to work in her look at all!! :)

Take care sweetie and enjoy your week,Daniella xox

Grace said...

MY favorite is alessandra! But that's just because she looks stunning in anything.

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Rachael Claire said...

My favourite is Katy Perry! This dress fits her figure perfectly. Not a big fan of her hair, but each to their own =). Loving your blog by the way! I saw your comment on my blog, over at..

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Jayme and Mendi said...

Wow, can't believe that Anna is 50 years old! She looks great!! I do love this dress on Joan Smalls too! Hope you had a great weekend!!

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Marie McGrath (The Joy of Fashion) said...

My favorite I think is Alessandra Embrosio! I love it with the nude pumps.

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Mileide Almeida said...

i love Balmain dress!! love love!! =)

Zoe Concepción said...

Can't describe this dress, cause it is like a dream! For me Zoe is the best!
xxo

Filipa said...

Hi Sam... I would disagree with you on this one.. I would go for Joan Smalls...
XOXO

Dana said...

I really like the way Joan Smalls wears this dress. She looks really relaxed and comfortable in it. I also love the fact that in an otherwise gold dress she pumped up the silver factor with the clutch and sandals.
I do like the belt on the model though...

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ftashion said...

First up, this dress is just stunning! heh, I think Joan Smalls totally rock it. Hmm I must say, I think Katy Perry looks pretty good in it too! Hey thanx for the ever so sweet comment on my neon heels post.

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GLAMOURMOES said...

Hi dear!
I'm doing well and you? Thanks for you comments again, you are a very sweet person!

How different can a dress look on different persons. I think Joan Smalls wears the dress best! It's very stylish!

Paris said...

This is such a gorgeous dress!! I love how Joan Smalls wore it but I also love the shoes that Katy Perry paired with it :)

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