Runway Looks for Less: Balmain Spring 2012 RTW

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Balmain Spring 2012 RTW

Balmain Spring 2012 RTW | ELLE

According to Vogue, Balmain's Spring 2012 looks were inspired by "Las Vegas, cowboys, and matadors" and as crazy as it sounds, all of those elements blended together perfectly to create an amazing spring collection.

This was designer Oliver Rousteing's first collection for the Parisian-based fashion house and he expertly juxtaposed the label's signature edgy pieces with Western elements -- like chambray, fringe and oversized belt buckles -- to create ensembles with a unique cowboy-meet-rocker vibe.

Want that runway-ready look on a college girl's budget? Just keep reading to see our three budget-friendly interpretations of looks from Balmain Spring 2012:

1. Golden Girl

Balmain Spring 2012 RTW Look 1

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That rock 'n' roll cowboy vibe is exemplified in this look, which features a rugged chambray shirt paired with a glitzy gold lamé skirt. The two contrasting fabrics look unexpectedly chic together, creating an ensemble that is both glamorous and low-key.

Get the Look:

Balmain Spring 2012 Inspired Outfit 1

Product Info: Bracelet- Wet Seal, Top- Express, Earrings- Kate Spade, Shoes- ASOS, Skirt- ModCloth, Belt- Anthropologie

For this look, start by pairing a light wash button-up chambray shirt with a metallic gold mini. Some not-so-basic black peep-toe pumps dress the look up for nighttime, while a braided belt adds interest. Complete this ensemble by accessorizing with an intricate cuff bracelet and matching black stone stud earrings.

2. Edged Out Embellishments

Balmain Spring 2012 RTW Look 2

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Balmain's spring collection was filled with pieces covered in opulent embellishments, just like the little number pictured here. The intricate black and white beadwork makes this dress a showstopping piece without being at all over-the-top or gaudy.

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Balmain Spring 2012 Inspired Outfit 2

Product Info: Rhinestone Ring- Forever 21, Dress- ASOS, Bag- Aldo, Cross Ring- Nasty Gal, Shoes- Charlotte Russe

This LBD from ASOS is fantastic -- the similar length, coloring and geometric embellishments give us the same look as the Balmain dress for just a fraction of the price. Pair the dress with statement-making caged wedges and a sleek coral clutch, which adds a bold pop of color. Since the dress is so embellished, the only pieces of jewelry you need are a few unique rings, like the rhinestone-encrusted and double-finger rings pictured above.

3. Short Story

Balmain Spring 2012 RTW Look 3

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High-waisted shorts are all the rage for spring and this look from Balmain is a great example of how to wear the trend. These embellished shorts make a big statement and by pairing them with an elegant black top and matching shoes, you allow the shorts to become the focus of the look.

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Balmain Spring 2012 Inspired Outfit 3

Product Info: Top- Victoria's Secret, Bracelet- Stella & Dot, Necklace- House of Harlow, Shorts- Forever 21, Moccasins- Minnetonka

For a similar look with a casual twist, pair some printed high-waisted shorts with a simple black tee. Comfy moccasins make this outfit daytime-appropriate, while a medallion necklace mimics the embellishments found on the top of the original look from Balmain. For the finishing touch, add a matching wraparound leather bracelet for a stylish and cute summer outfit.

Your thoughts?

What do you think of this collection? Are you a fan of Balmain? Which look is your favorite? Would you wear any of these outfits? Which designers would you like to see featured here next? Remember to leave a comment below and let me know what you think!

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