Monday, March 9, 2009

On the Street……Balmania, Paris


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  1. *moggit girls

    March 9, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    On her it somehow looks fab – on us it would look ridiculous.

    p.s. where did “Paul Newman” go?….

  2. jessica

    March 9, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    i know this is everyone’s favorite jacket these days…
    but i’m just going to go ahead and say that i don’t like it. i don’t find it flattering on anyone i’ve seen it on so far.
    where is her neck??

  3. Anonymous

    March 9, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Not a look I favor. too drum major, too Michael Jackson. Love the watch though.

  4. coco

    March 9, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    this picture is absolutely perfect!

  5. Victoria C

    March 9, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    love seeing the jacket done up, most people leave it open, its nice to see it worn differently.

  6. MarionRocks

    March 9, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Just beautiful. Can’t find words to describe how I feel everytime I see something designed by Christophe Decarnin ! I’m in love with his creations. The best things I’ve ever seen in my life !

  7. Anonymous

    March 9, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    I love balmain, but it’s everywhere! I don’t get how people can wear it without feeling like they look like everyone else.


    March 9, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Brillant:X love the balmain coat

  9. Louise x!V

    March 9, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    i’ve been looking for such a fabulous jacket for weeks. does anybody know, where i can find a sgt.pepper jacket in switzerland?? in addition you have to remember that i’m still a student, so i can’t afford one from balmain..

  10. Anonymous

    March 9, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Ahh, leather pants. They always come ’round again. She looks really good and fresh, not taking the hair too seriously, love the gold watch. It seems these small details add up and the effect is relevant to our time right now, and does not look like The Jackson Family World Tour, 1985, (did they tour in ’85?). She pulls it off brilliantly.

  11. fashionextravaganza

    March 9, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    As long as you are skinny and have fabulous pair of shoulders then i suggest go and grab yourself…Balmain…i seriously love he whole ensemble she looks great….

  12. Gwendolyn

    March 9, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Amazing jacket, she looks fantastic!

  13. Mych

    March 9, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    I think we can anticipate a lot of these shoulders in the near future.

  14. Jen

    March 9, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    As a girl with slumpy, narrow shoulders (they run in my family), I am soo thankful for this trend.

  15. Anonymous

    March 9, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    i wanna rob that jacket from her :p

  16. miky

    March 9, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    god this is gorgeus,,,,,,

    i simply adore it!

  17. Cassiopeia

    March 9, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    oooh. i love it! looks good with the leather trews and the smile! :-D


  18. chicetfabuleux

    March 9, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    i love that look! the jackets amazing – xoxo jess

  19. Anonymous

    March 9, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Such an ‘in the moment’ look that she wears well.

  20. Anonymous

    March 9, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    i don’t like the jacket. cute girl, proportions good, beautiful smile. bad jacket. too michael jackson for me.

  21. Shanshan

    March 9, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Barbara Martelo looks stunning! Those shoulders are dramatically perfect!

  22. modediktat

    March 9, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    I was such a Balmain lover… The o7 collections, the 08…. Then Spring Summer 09 – but I have to admit: Balmain is so over…..

  23. Sing-me-songs

    March 9, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Is this Barbara Martelo ?! God I say the same outfit pictured at the Jak and Jill blog and I love the whole outfit ! THe balmain jacket is maybe not my favourite one from the collection of this kind of jackets but I love the leather pants ! x

  24. Philip Bewley

    March 9, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Very 80′s in a way. Fun!

  25. Stephanie

    March 9, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    I don’t know why…it’s totally illogical (for me anyway)…but I LOVE this jacket. If someone told me I’d be enamored with a washed-out denim, big-shoulder, 80s style Michael Jackson-esque jacket, I’d have thought they were speaking to someone else. Surely.

    Maybe it’s her, maybe it’s the black hair against pale blue, maybe it’s those black leather pants, maybe it’s all the textural interest. Whatever, I so love this!

  26. Ashley

    March 9, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Love it, but now that someone mentioned it above, it does give off a Michael Jackson feel LoL! I wonder if he was the inspiration?


  27. Rita

    March 9, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Lucky, lucky, lucky girl.

  28. Tristan

    March 9, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    I like the attention to detail with the gold watch.

  29. castorny

    March 9, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    She looks amazing

  30. Dhppy

    March 9, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    When I first saw her, I thought “oh, she’s in a marching band”. Then, I realized this was her own outfit. It will always say “costume”, and history is not kind to costumes (e.g. 80′s jumpsuits).

    I like the pants though.

  31. Anonymous

    March 9, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    I can’t get my head around home this jacket looks more marching band than fashionable. The jacket crosses the line into costume.

  32. Debarge

    March 9, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    i almost always absolutely HATE denim on top – but this is an anomaly. she’s flipped her wardrobe upside down!
    if only they had balmain in aus (well at least, it’s hidden from me!).

  33. Brendan

    March 9, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    This is phenomenal!! Such coherency, from the watch to the pants I think it flows magically. And is the jacket made out of denim? Quite the twist.

  34. cami falcão

    March 9, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    love the sleeves’ length

  35. Jack Daniel

    March 9, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Wow, is that a denim design? She looks good!

  36. hc

    March 9, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    costume, meet weekly trend. enjoy your 15.

  37. Vintage Tea

    March 9, 2009 at 8:06 pm



  38. Anonymous

    March 9, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    EVERYONE HAS THESE. They sold out everywhere in like snap 2 weeks.

  39. Nicky Nick

    March 9, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    nice!!! where to find such detailin ever!!?? jus love it.. :) they shld jus mass-produce for jus 1 season, tt’s food 4 tot…

  40. indigo warrior

    March 9, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    How could anything with that many buttons be bad? I kind of think the buttons need to be on the other side instead of those loopy things *and* I’d like the skirt sort of thing (is it a peplum when it’s this long?) be longer and fuller. It would take the mannishness from the jacket and push it over the edge to full on girly.

  41. HEK

    March 9, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    She’s fierce!

  42. Jérôme

    March 9, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    I can say, i really love her shoulderpads too. But what i really really love is her smile.
    She has a great body and can wear these leather leggings. Of course.
    The uniform jacket? I saw them a lot in the last weeks.

    A bientôt,

  43. SallyO

    March 9, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    I loved this look on the runways, but in real life it is way too costume-y. It makes me think of Michael Jackson and Napoleon.

  44. Jessica

    March 9, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    she looks so fab. but who hasn’t been seen in this jacket now?

    *sighs* But it does not change how much i absolutely love itt.

  45. Anonymous

    March 9, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    i do love these Balmain jackets.. but am i the only person who thinks Decarnin is a bit overrated..?

  46. alixrose

    March 9, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Wow the comments regarding this jacket go to the extreme on both sides. I love a jacket that gets people talking.

    I for one love it. I like looking at it. I like the fact that as a band geek I hated wearing one similar to it but Balmain makes me question whether I was to hasty in my opinion.

    I know this would not look good on me at all, but I appreciate the fun and fashion it exudes.

  47. Anonymous

    March 9, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Too Sargent Pepper meets Michael Jackson for me.

  48. Jem

    March 9, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    digg this <3

  49. yourorangelover

    March 9, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    This is what I look like in my denim dreams!

  50. Bruno Maric Photography

    March 9, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    I don’t think much of regular girls wearing Balmain jackets. Now Anna Selezneva rocking it is a whole different story. That’s just me.

  51. cmc

    March 9, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    i love the balmain spring collection and she wears it so so well!

  52. The Man Who Knew Too Much

    March 9, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Great detailing on the coat, but I am not really fond of the 17th century army coat inspired look haha

    the pants are beyond awesome btw!

  53. Craig Curtis

    March 9, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    She’s confident, fresh, and can pull this off fabulously. I love it.

  54. Yvette

    March 9, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    A fashionista dominatrix.

  55. suzzee

    March 9, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    the balmain jacket is to die for *damn*


  56. pdmeyer

    March 9, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Chris Martin: take note.

  57. Miss Red

    March 9, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    LOVE this military jacket.

  58. me

    March 9, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    there is something about the sleeve, that i love

  59. Anonymous

    March 9, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Do you need good shoulders to wear this? Are they yours, or the coats? Is that black sweater a bit stiff and sweaty underneath? The look just does not work for me and it does not look comfey on the inside either. On the other hand, leather pants are always an option for those qualified to wear them…

  60. Anonymous

    March 9, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    I hate this shoulder line, balmain or not, it looks to me like the hanger indetations. I”m not going to get on board with this trend, ever. I appreciate it for the runway, but not in RL.

  61. Anonymous

    March 9, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    we’ve become so numb to sensation that we seek everything in excess and exaggeration now. she looks so happy.

  62. elisabeth

    March 9, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    i saved this picture several days ago so i’d have it to refer to.
    she is magnificent and i love this outfit. casual, trendy, but very, very likable.

  63. Anonymous

    March 9, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    Glorious stuff, this.
    Speaking as a man, her smile just lights up her outfit. If I could have dinner with her, I would at almost any cost. This female radiates personality.

    Speaking as citizen of the great and glorious state of California, I don’t get to see such style. Our weather does not allow for such clothed exuberance. Hey, but we have the blue sky and the infinite ocean, either one of which can be individually or collectively exuberant.

    Forza Barca!

  64. Anonymous

    March 10, 2009 at 12:02 am

    Some how this woman pulls it off. However, I just must point out it is an acid washed jacket that looks like my high school majorette jacket.

  65. Hissy Stitch

    March 10, 2009 at 12:05 am

    Dag… now I can’t get the “Sergeant Pepper” song out of my head…

    But somehow I like this jacket…

  66. Kelsey

    March 10, 2009 at 12:54 am

    Now that everyone’s carrying cell phones and telling the time that way, a watch just seems that much cooler. Hers is so big and funky. I love it.

    And absolutely love the jacket.

  67. Chanel

    March 10, 2009 at 1:27 am

    Not just anyone could pull this off, but she is wearing it well. I Love it!

  68. john benjamin pritchett

    March 10, 2009 at 2:09 am

    For those of us not exposed to such different looks in our everyday lives I find this look wonderful and refreshing. Such a great statement of style-the Beatles should be proud!

  69. Anonymous

    March 10, 2009 at 2:17 am

    i prefer the military jacket in a darker color, but otherwise, she looks great

  70. Anonymous

    March 10, 2009 at 2:52 am

    shoulders are too square

  71. travelbug

    March 10, 2009 at 3:18 am

    Who cares if everyone is wearing this jacket! Only a handful of gorgeous young things could get away with it anyway, and then for just a season since it is so theatrical.

    But the photo itself! The smile! The blue blue sky… why, it’s the same color as the jacket!

    Once again, great photography. A memorable shot.


    March 10, 2009 at 3:18 am

    She is Barbara Martelo!
    I have seen her several times during this fasshion week ans she is always wearing Balmain Jackets (Balmain, Givenchy, Loewe…)…Anyway it is the first time I see one of those jackets in ‘jean’ clothe!!
    She is faboulous and nice Barbara!!

    Style de Vie

  73. princess glee

    March 10, 2009 at 3:22 am

    I dunno, Michael Jackson/Captain Crunch embellishment applied to acid wash? I’ll admit I like the silhouette, especially the shoulders, it’s new and curvy and kinda pretty. Leather pants on chicks with skinny legs always looks hot. She wears this well in that her hair, make-up and accessories are kept simple. For her yes, for most people, no.

  74. Anonymous

    March 10, 2009 at 4:20 am

    she pulls it off well though I am still not 100% convinced by the jacket!

  75. XAVS

    March 10, 2009 at 4:38 am

    Barbara Morello looks fantastic, she loves Balmain as we all do and I’ve seen her with a couple other blazers already…great, great shot.


    March 10, 2009 at 4:52 am

    This women is one of the few people who can actually look good in Balmain. Kudos to her!


    March 10, 2009 at 4:53 am

    This women is one of the few people who can actually look good in Balmain. Kudos to her!

  78. viajarenlouquece

    March 10, 2009 at 5:05 am

    Nice blog..
    ☆ Martinha ☆


    March 10, 2009 at 5:32 am

    Amazing jacket, but not sure about it with the leather trousers. Makes it looks a bit too… frivolous, costume, fancy dress

  80. Brigadeiro

    March 10, 2009 at 5:32 am

    Although I’m not a fan of this Balmain jacket (shock horror, I know), Barbara looks amazing! Love her style!

  81. tizzylish

    March 10, 2009 at 5:52 am

    Too much. I am already sick of seeing the copy cutter look of all the buyers wearing Balmain!!! She is beautiful . But please….Lets take advantage of the crisis and think out of the box!!

  82. joeward

    March 10, 2009 at 6:10 am

    that’s a cool jacket.

  83. Anonymous

    March 10, 2009 at 6:18 am

    She is wonderfull, everything! Her jacket and her beatiful leather pants are very exciting!!

  84. M A Z P E

    March 10, 2009 at 6:30 am

    this jacket wont ever look demode

  85. Another Fashion Blogger

    March 10, 2009 at 6:39 am

    Wow she looks gorgeous!

  86. Nick

    March 10, 2009 at 6:54 am


  87. Z

    March 10, 2009 at 7:33 am

    got me fixed at the jacket (and her), for a while.

  88. z

    March 10, 2009 at 7:36 am

    it’s her, it’s the jacket, it’s her and the jacket.

  89. Barcelonette

    March 10, 2009 at 7:42 am

    whatta jacket! I wish I could have one.

  90. GreenFloyd

    March 10, 2009 at 8:01 am

    I just love the smile on her face and how a piece of hair created a shadow line on her face. Great picture, indeed.

    If my body was the same type as hers, I’d go with the look. The black leather pants and bailman jacket is genius.

  91. Anonymous

    March 10, 2009 at 8:48 am

    This jacket is the beginning of the end, total fashion mistake! don’t get me wrong, this girl could belt a garbage bag on her waist and still look fabulous, Barbara baby u rock, but this number is borderline embarrassing in its “itness”, so not contemporary. The “New Humility” to quote a recent term in Garance Doré blog, calls for different times. See the problem is that this outfit looks very uncomfortable she looks almost decapitated in the Jackson jacket, her breasts flatten and her upper body stiff. To me this is another “Itness” better worn for Halloween parties.

  92. Hyakoukoune

    March 10, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Bellissima !

  93. Linda

    March 10, 2009 at 9:18 am

    This picture is so nice, cant wait to find something like that! Love the jeans jacket!

  94. Anonymous

    March 10, 2009 at 9:18 am

    martin margiela did it first but…sadly balmain has now the succes! anyway for me that look is ridiculous! although she looks nice because she is nice…

  95. edmund

    March 10, 2009 at 9:32 am

    She can pull off this jacket like no other! Fabulous!

  96. Cloe

    March 10, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Bárbara, las tiene todas!!

  97. That Hat Lady

    March 10, 2009 at 10:17 am

    I love this modern take on 1980. It is fresh and modern on her.

  98. Anonymous

    March 10, 2009 at 10:48 am

    I love the shape of the jacket on her (definitely for those that are elongated and slender), but I wish it was in another fabric.

  99. sandra

    March 10, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Jimmy Hendrix inspiration…I love this modern version with lather pants and jacket…

  100. Un Monito

    March 10, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Hello Gorgeous! Beautiful smile – this lady loves to have fun – definitely not self absorbed – she is a free soul. This denim jacket is so HOT – especially when paired with perfect leather pants and she’s sporting the fat gold rollie. Like I said before Scott, you bring out the Best in your subjects.

  101. Laura K

    March 10, 2009 at 11:20 am

    This outfit cheered me up! I just love it. I am so envious because I could not carry this look off.

  102. Anonymous

    March 10, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Its just too trendy for me; the overwhelming response to this jacket, as in so many people wearing it during fashion weeks, turns me off. With items like this I feel like I will never be able to make them my own.

    I’ll have to wait 5 years until they’re a distant memory; then revitalizing it will be cool and unique.

  103. Anonymous

    March 10, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    hah, that looks absolutely ridiculous, but in the best way possible.

  104. Wayne

    March 10, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    It doesn’t get any better!

  105. Anonymous

    March 10, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    why is it that I can’t find a jacket like that???? I have been dreaming about one of these for months now (literally dreaming and waking up in the morning with a pang at my heart) and haven’t yet been able to find it!

    anyone can help??

  106. NorthShore Chicago

    March 10, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    The Beatles ruined this look for me.

  107. Lucy - The Fashion Setter

    March 10, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    To be honest, I’m sick and tired of seeing Balmain everywhere. I used to hope Christophe Decarnin would update this mood with fall 2009 collection, but he kept on doing the same stuff of the past season… so now I hope editors will change.

  108. Anonymous

    March 10, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    It’s a cool jacket but i don’t think it makes femenin to anyone. It’s like 17/18 century clothes, where the breast was almost hidden. Also those shoulders don’t make a nice figure… i think.

  109. Pampered Potato

    March 10, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Where is this outfit from? I have to have the whole lot! x

  110. Wanderlusting

    March 10, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Ugliest jacket ever. If that makes me unpopular with the fashionistas – so be it.

    Big shoulders + pale denim? Are you kidding me? What is Balmain thinking and WHY is this popular?

    Like the pants though!

  111. Anonymous

    March 10, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    There are things I like about this, although the ubiquity of the Balmain shoulderpad is already becoming kind of boring. But why, oh why, did they have to choose that particular wash?? Of all the acid washes from the late 80′s and early 90′s, that was the drabbest. Leave just a little more color in the fabric and it’s so much more interesting to look at!

  112. Penelope's Wardrobe

    March 10, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    This jacket is a bit to get use to. The more I see it, the more it grows on me, ( like a Brittany song?? maybe). It’s one of those pieces that we’ll look back at in a few years and say, oh yah, remember that jacket that was around for a few months. If we remember it with love is another question.

  113. Meredith

    March 10, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Amazing! She looks great, and I don’t think everyone could in that jacket.

  114. lauren baluyo

    March 10, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    I just typed up a post on Balmain’s Sgt. Pepper-ish jackets. You know how certain people (myself included) get disgusted by the ubiquitous it-bags, it-shoes. it-sunglasses…well, this may definitely become, if not already is,the it-jacket. But, you know what…I don’t mind at all this time! I simply love it.

  115. CW

    March 10, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    She can toss my baton.

  116. Erin

    March 10, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    I love people that can pull off that kind of crazy thing.

  117. Summer

    March 10, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    This infamous balmain jacket has gone everywhere. Everybody with any interest in fashion knows about it and how amazingly military it is. I love this jacket. the buttons and the shine appeal to me and the broad shoulders are perfectly…masculine. While the jean material is so light. I love how masculinity is turning up in fashion. Bravo!

  118. Ron

    March 10, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    LOVE IT !

  119. Anonymous

    March 11, 2009 at 4:19 am

    Oh, that’s beautiful. It reminds me of some of ABBA’s stage costumes. And she looks so happy!

  120. Octavia

    March 11, 2009 at 10:38 am

    the jacket doesn’t suit her, it’s wearing her and not the other way around… it all seems too forced.

    like the gold watch with it though

  121. reiddamnit

    March 11, 2009 at 11:07 am

    that is probably the most awesome jacket ever

  122. Ruth

    March 11, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Oh my god! I must have it now!
    Such an amazing jacket!!!

    ruth (

  123. Beck.rr

    March 11, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    And shoulder pads are back in, and how fabulously does she wear them.
    What a pretty little thing.

  124. Alex

    March 11, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Adores the jackets.

  125. Anonymous

    March 11, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    perfect….. the jacket is aws

  126. Anonymous

    March 11, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    is this the same girl in the image with the beautiful leather jacket and colourful dress? i think this balmain look has been a bit overdone already which is such a shame because its a great collection. its already showing up in all chain stores….however this image is beautiful and she does look fantastic!


  127. cami tourny

    March 11, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    very balmain like. Love it

  128. Jade Pagkas-Bather

    March 11, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    the strange thing about this ensemble is that i do not actually like the jacket as a piece. but, i DO like it on her. i find this kind of paradoxical thinking to be a pretty common response for me when observing fashion. she works it. and that’s cool.

  129. The Vogue Society

    March 11, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Loving the jacket….Very Michael Jackson esque

  130. geezi

    March 12, 2009 at 12:34 am

    gorgeous smile.. but whats with all the costume-like clothes on the streets…

  131. The Clever Pup

    March 12, 2009 at 12:06 pm


  132. lex

    March 12, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    i am 100% completely and totally smitten with this outfit and this girl.

  133. Anonymous

    March 12, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    This is majorette / brass band leader meets lion tamer!

  134. Anonymous

    March 12, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Simply fab.

  135. Marisa Alexandra Batista

    March 13, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Looove the coat.

  136. gervaise

    March 13, 2009 at 11:18 am

    the “Sargent Pepper meets Michael Jackson” look is wonderful as there’s a contrast between her BCBG face and her eccentric and sexy clothes.

  137. AnnaBaNAna°

    March 13, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    oh.. that’s gorgeous!! she’s got charisma!!

  138. Anonymous

    March 14, 2009 at 5:14 am

    just because startrek is coming…

  139. Anonymous

    March 14, 2009 at 6:38 am

    Beautiful girl….Hate the jacket. These jackets are worn by a lot of circus staff in Europe!!!!

  140. GUGAW

    March 16, 2009 at 7:46 am

    LOVE the jacket

  141. Mishpham

    March 17, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    perfectly ANGULAR

  142. Cotton Candy

    April 10, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Now we vave a paquita in Paris. How chic!

  143. Anonymous

    April 26, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    I love Barbara… Simply amazing from Monday to Sunday… Day by day… A hole life in style! BARBARA como estlista y BARBARA como mujer! Balmain is better in you!

  144. la mode

    February 13, 2012 at 10:06 am

    love your shoes!

  145. Leticia Arce

    February 18, 2012 at 8:37 am

    I love the jacket, its structure is amazing

  146. Dax

    January 26, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    She’s gorgeous!

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