Christophe Decarin, the man responsible for recent Balmainia, is pulling a page from the same book as Diane Von Furstenberg, the Olsens and Alexander Wang this spring. Like the three aforementioned designers, Decarin and Balmain are launching the brand’s debut sunglasses line. Crafted in collaboration with Oliver Peoples, the premiere collection will include styles. “The unisex Balmain I… hits stores this March, while the second, Balmain II, arrives at the end of the year,” Style.com says. Sadly, at $595 they’re by no means a steal. And, not to be the bearer of Balmain bad news, but apparently the news spread this week of the brand’s new diffusion line was a bit misleading.
(‘’)“There is no Balmain lower priced line,” a spokesperson told Vogue UK. “What I think you might be referring to is a capsule collection that was prepared for some Parisian retailers. Christophe Decarnin wasn’t involved in that project. The brand has decided to not repeat the experience, preferring to concentrate all its efforts on the mainline.” And there you have it. The closest you’ll get to inexpensive Balmain is the soon-to-launch eyewear.