I know this jacket has been criticized. I happen to like it. I would like to see the inside of the shoulders to see how it has been constructed. This is definitely a one-season wonder; all those fashion mag articles on buying pieces with staying power tell you not to buy anything like this. But for now, I think it is a great look. Love the faded black t underneath. Jorge from WPB
I like this jacket but… I’m sick and tired of seeing her wearing it! It seems like if she didn’t have any other! =) Actually, Balmain has being repeating the same old stuff for too long now, it’s high time for them to move on!
This just looks ridiculous. Has anyone seen that commercial with the woman in the yellow 80′s power suit avec football-shoulder pads? And the security guard saying “Where’d you park your Delorean?”. This pretty much does the same. Some styles should stay in the past.
i dont care for balmain overall personally, but alt wears it exceptionally well, as she should being their stylist and all. but really anybody happen to know who makes the shades? my first guess would be tom ford… they are fabulous!!
She is lovely! I just love her style cos she wears grey or black jeans a lot, and simle t-shirts even if she could afford almost anything. So it’s not about the money, its about the attitude. And she is my age and she really is an icon in dressing for me.. That jacket looks amazing on her, but I wldnt wear it.
I see someone showed up at the Michael Jackson sale. Good for him. Every penny counts when you’re raising kids in this tough economy.
Had to choose between MJ and a Sgt. Pepper joke…. so there you go.
I dig the fashion nun/rocker chic style that Emanuelle has perfected. She’s totally cool, dude and I could like totally get sycophantic over her…. and all the voguettes for that matter.
However, truth be told….
I’m not a huge fan of marching band chic. I guess my main problem with this jacket (among a few) is that even though, yeah, it’s Balmain (oh my!), it’s inherently Forever 21 to me. I suppose up close and personal the fine workmanship takes it far from the F21 realm. I also suppose given the right venue the jacket is rockin’…. but in the daytime I find it costumey.
That said, I’ve seen the jacket numerous times and Emanuelle rocks it the best.
Love this! Rocker/millitary chic never went anywhere. And I don’t think it’s a one season piece. It depends on your location. In Chicago, you get lots of wear from jackets like these. I have an authentic military jacket that I wear from September through May.
I was really into these jackets before, but they are so easily recognizable, and I seem to be encountering so many of them around… that they have sort of lost their charm… not their beauty and all… but just that essence of uniqueness or novelty I used to see in them before. Great look, though, and I do love her sunglasses, those I’ll never get bored of.
I understand people getting tired of images of “The Jacket”. What I love is that Sart captures images of an individual’s look, but I am so often disappointed when I see comments like “where can I buy those shoes/that handbag/that turban?” Use these images as inspiration, not a prescription! A Balmain jacket will not make you cool, yet any outfit will look cool if you make it yours. Play around with what you have.
I recently saw a photo of Beyonce Knowles wearing a military jacket similar to this one. I don’t know…it just seems so juvenile to me…but then again, it does remind me of The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance.
I bought a jacket very similar to this in Camden Market London when I was 14 years old. Yes, a while ago! I loved it! She looks fab sporting this cadet-style jacket – and what do you know? she’s hit the nail on the head with current fashion trends! Both Beyonce and Rihanna have been spotted wearing one.
Does anyone work black as well as Ms. Alt?? She always looks fantastic. I love Balmain as much as the next person but this jacket is everywhere at the moment and i can’t believe i’m saying this but i’m a little bit over it.
The shoulders of the jacket are very intriguing, but the jacket’s just too theatrical for my taste. It does make an interesting picture–at first I thought she was wearing ammo around her neck, then realized they were buttons.
Is this the Balmain jacket? It's amazing and impossible like $10,000. The statement shoulders are so amazing.. I have a delicious section just for things 'I want' this jacket is on there at least 10 times! And Alice & Olivia is coming out with a cheaper ($1,000) version.. still out of my limit!
As “Cheapo” correclty pointed out, the original style of this jacket is called a “dolman” and it was originally part of the combatwear of the Hungarian light cavalry known as “hussars”. As the employ of hussars spread to all European armies in the 17th and 18th centuries, their fashion followed suit. The use of the Brandebourg pattern later spread to other mounted units, such as artillery. This type of uniform is still used in many countries as part of parade gear.