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?