It seems like everyone has found a way to replicate that military cool from Balmain's Spring 2010. Khaki greens, Distressed everything, and shoulder pads that launched a cray cray phenomenon also known as Balmania.
Their collection has spawned tons of copies on the high street, but none has been a sucess like J Brand's Houlihan Cargo Pants.
(Left: The J Brand Houlihan Cargo Pants. Right: Balmain SS 2010)
Cathy Horyn of The New York Times agrees, and wrote a whole article on Front Row on the pants.
“There is no denying their hot-item status,” Horyn wrote. “Although Mr. Rudes [CEO of J Brand] might sell more jeans and leggings, the demand for the pricey Houlihan, which J Brand considers a novelty style, has been exceptionally intense. Fashion blogs have been discussing the style since February — the fit seems to be the main draw — and you can find scads of pictures of Houlihan-supportive celebrities, including Rihanna and Jessica Alba.“
Maybe I should get a pair myself, it would be perfect to pair it with my new Zara military jacket that I found the other day.