SHE x Balmain
Rihanna loved to wear the Balmain fashion label in 2009:
Rihanna has been a huge supporter for the Parisian fashion label, Balmain. For years now, she’s worn pieces from both on and off the runway of their renowned collections. In recent years, Rihanna has developed a close bond with the label’s current Creative Director, Olivier Rousteing — so much so that she’s become his muse for several of the ideas brought to life in his latest collections. This year, Olivier enlisted Rihanna as the face for his Spring 2014 Ad Campaign.
With Fashion Week in full bloom in Paris and the Balmain runway presentation happening tonight, we will be dedicating this week’s installment of Vintage RiRi to Balmain. In this post, we’ll be taking a look at all of Rihanna’s Balmain gear from 2009 — a year in which she wore several pieces. Of course, she continues to wear this label and you can find out everything she’s worn both last year on into this year from Balmain on Rihanna Overdose.
The BALMAIN fashion house was founded in 1945 by renowned designer, Pierre Balmain who was known for his elegant and super feminine style. Creative Directors Christophe Decarnin and Olivier Rousteing have both had a hand in making Balmain the most wanted fashion brand amongst trendsetting celebrities all over the world.
On February 6th, Rihanna performed during Verizon and Blackberry’s Pre-Grammy Party held at Boulevard 3 in LA. She performed in a sparkling one-sleeved dress from Balmain’s Spring 2009 Collection. Rihanna topped off this look with a creative custom-designed hat from Christopher Coppens Fall 2008 Collection and Alexander McQueen Heart Peep-Toe Pumps. Here on Rihanna Overdose, we’ve also covered all of Rihanna’s past Grammy and Pre-Grammy looks! If you’re look interested in seeing Rihanna’s Pre-Grammy Gala and Pre-Grammy Brunch looks in 2014, you can visit our previous post and catch up on her look at the 2014 Grammy Brunch.
Review: Balmain’s Spring 2009 Collection
Rihanna was spotted at Nobu restaurant in Los Angeles on March 25th wearing another piece from Balmain’s Spring 2009 Collection. She opted for the label’s leather blazer and a pair of Distressed Citizens of Humanity Avedon Skinny Jeans. Rihanna finished her look with $1,598.00 Balmain Studded Crystal Sandals.
The very next day, Rihanna went to the Cooper Building in Los Angeles. She was spotted wearing a Spring 2009 Alexander Wang Two-Toned Jacket and her trusty Citizens of Humanity Avedon Skinny Jeans. Rihanna finished her look by wearing her Balmain Studded Crystal Sandals once more. These 110mm sandals feature crisscrossing straps embellished with crystals and studs.
Rihanna continued her day on the 26th, by going house hunting! For this venture, she changed into a white blazer with a studded lapel designed by Balmain. She complimented this piece with a Kain Label Pocket Tee and Ever Bleached Denim Boyfriend Shorts. Rihanna completed this look with Christian Louboutin Catenita Trash Peep Toe Pumps and a Fallon Slater Infinity Necklace.
Rihanna’s day didn’t stop there, that night she was spotted at the Hollywood Bar Deluxe wearing Balmain’s Spring 2009 White Lace Blouse along with a Boy by Band of Outsiders Suspender Skirt. She rounded off her look with Christian Louboutin Pigalle Patent Leather Pumps.
Rihanna debuted a pair of Balmain Leopard Gladiator Sandals on April 3rd upon arriving at an airport in Barbados. She continued to wear these sandals, being spotted in them again at Chum FM’s 24th Anniversary Celebration on the 23rd of April. We will discuss a couple of other looks she paired them with shortly as well. Her look on this occasion, however, consisted of a simple jumpsuit with a Helmut Lang Cropped Denim Jacket. She accessorized with White Louis Vuitton Evidence Sunglasses, a Gucci Blue Leather Convertible Darwin Backpack and Christian Dior Monsieur Vintage Sunglasses.
Rihanna celebrated her mother’s birthday while in Barbados in April. In this photo from the festivities, Rihanna is wearing Khaki Spring 2009 City Apache Fringe Sandals designed by Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain.
Rihanna left Barbados on April 7th wearing a number of familiar accessories. She wore her White Louis Vuitton Evidence Sunglasses and carried her Gucci Blue Leather Convertible Darwin Backpack. She complimented her white top with Current Elliott Skinny Jeans in Cloud Wash Destroy. On this occasion, Rihanna debuted a pair of Black Spring 2009 City Apache Fringe Sandals designed by Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain.
Rihanna clearly fell in love with Balmain’s Spring 2009 Collection. While shopping in Los Angeles on April 17th, she wore yet another piece from the runway! She was spotted in the label’s Military-Style Denim Jacket that’s double-breasted with three-quarter length sleeves, and padded shoulders.
Rihanna wore her Balmain Leopard Gladiator Sandals again at LAX airport on April 27th. This time, she used them as the finishing touches for her Current Elliott ‘The Snap’ Denim Jacket (in Barn Dark), American Apparel Baby Rib Camisole and Robert Rodriguez Ecru Striped Pleated Belted Wide Leg Pants. She also wore Christian Dior Monsieur Vintage Sunglasses and carried a Medium Crocodile Nightingale Tote by Givenchy.
On May 21st, Rihanna was spotted at a movie theater in New York wearing Studded Strappy Gladiator Heels designed by Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain. She wore these heels with her pair of Current Elliott Skinny Jeans in Cloud Wash Destroy and Model 0035S Balenciaga Sunglasses.
Rihanna was spotted again wearing her Studded Strappy Gladiator Heels designed by Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain on June 11th at JFK Airport. On this occasion, she paired them with a Leather Jasper Jacket designed by Dallin Chase and LnA’s Silver Plain Leggings. Rihanna’s accessories included her favorite Ray Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses and a CC Skye Swarovski Crystal Angel Wing Necklace.
Rihanna grabbed a bite to eat at Phillipe Chow on July 3rd wearing Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain Swarovski Crystal Embellished Boots. These boots feature crystal, bead, and feather embellishments, a 1/2″ hidden platform and a 4.5″ covered heel with a 6″ shaft. The rest of her look included a sleeveless blazer top and J Brand’s Black 12 Torn Ripped Skinny Jeans. In addition, she wore A-Morir’s LoveHate Convertible Chain Sunglasses and carried Balenciaga’s Brilliant Pouchette Bague.
A couple of weeks later, Rihanna ventured out to London and was seen on July 21st wearing more fashion forward footgear from Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain. Here, she’s wearing Fall 2009 Balmain Buckle Detailed Boots. These black suede calf-high boots have multiple buckles along the side, stud detailing along the back and an almond-shaped toe. The heel measures approximately 130mm. The rest of Rihanna’s outfit consisted of an A.L.C V-Neck Striped Hooker Cardigan and Alexander Wang Fall 2009 Biker Shorts.
Rihanna ate at Phillipe Chow on the 24th of July wearing a Fall 2009 Peak-Shouldered Leather Jacket from Balmain. Retailing at over $13,000.00, this piece features tulle and chain link detailing around the neck and through the front, concealed hook fastenings, and three-quarter length sleeves. Under her jacket, Rihanna wore an Alice + Olivia Loose Racerback Tank. She completed her look with Yigal Azrouel Cotton and Leather Knee Skinny Pants and Jil Sander Sculpted Pumps. On September 11th, Rag & Bone Spring 2009 Asymmetrical Sheath Dress, with solid black and yellow floral print panels. Rihanna again wore her Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain City Apache Fringe Sandals that we discussed previously in this post. These black suede fringed apache sandals feature fringe detailing at the ankles and open styled uppers with two stripes. She accessorized with a pair of Christian Roth 6000 Series Sunglasses. You can take a look at another time she wore these sandals while in Las Vegas in September.
While out and about in Manhattan on August 23rd, Rihanna pulled out her Balmain Leopard Gladiator Sandals for a third time to compliment her outfit. These multi-colored ponyskin leopard print gladiator sandals feature silver rivets throughout with buckle fastening straps at the arch, and double side fastening ankle straps. In these photos, Rihanna also rocked a BB Logo Tank by Brian Lichtenberg and A.L.C’s Slouch Pants.
Rihanna attended the Fashion’s Night Out event at the Giuseppe Zanotti Boutique on September 10th in New York City. She wore A-Morir’s Barracuda sunglasses and a Hooded Goddess Dress designed by Alexander Wang. On her feet, Rihanna again wore her embellished boots by Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain. You can find out even more info on this look and many others from our extensive coverage of Rihanna’s Rated R Era outfits.
Much like this year, Rihanna was a highly anticipated guest for Paris’ Fashion Week! She attended the Balmain Spring 2010 Presentation wearing none other than, Balmain. Her look consisted of a black tuxedo blazer with a jewel brooch on the satin lapel, and harem pants — all from the Parisian label’s Fall 2009 Collection. Rihanna rounded off her outfit with Christian Louboutin Pigalle Patent Leather Pumps and her Balenciaga Brilliant Pouchette Bague. If you would like to know everything Rihanna wore during Fashion Week in 2009 you can get the details from our previous post.
Rihanna’s last documented sighting in Balmain for 2009 was a major one! She was honored as Glamour Magazine’s “Woman of the Year”, and graced the cover of Glamour’s December 2009 Issue with an exclusive comeback interview and editorial spread. On the cover, Rihanna wore a leopard print sequined mini dress from Balmain’s Fall 2009 Collection. Her jewelry was provided by Jennifer Fisher and Glynneth B. To get all of the details on what she wore within her Glamour Magazine editorial spread visit our previous post.
RIHminder: To get the full recap on all of the major outfits Rihanna wore during her infamous Rated R Era, visit the Rihanna Overdose Rated R Era Fashion Recap. In that post you can get a detailed look at all of her photoshoots, music videos, performances and appearances!