After WWII, Pierre Balmain designed classic, luxurious gowns for stars like Ava Gardner and Brigitte Bardot. These days, the design house is run by Christophe Decarnin, and his vision for spring 2010 is a ripped-up, edgy luxe bordering on Derelicte.

Balmain: For The Mad Max Rock & Roll Warrior Princess In You

I love the different incarnations of breastplates, corsets and bustiers we've been seeing on the runway this year, and this one feels sort of Joan-Of-Arc-goes-clubbing. In a good way!

Balmain: For The Mad Max Rock & Roll Warrior Princess In You

My friend J and I used to play "hip or homeless?" in the 90s. This would have been a mind-scrambler. I'll bet that T-shirt costs more than $150. Derelicte chic is really bizarre, and just makes me want to say that I can derelick my own balls thank you very much.

Balmain: For The Mad Max Rock & Roll Warrior Princess In You

Chainmail? Or toga? Little-known fact: After the fall of Ancient Rome, everyone went to hear the Ting Tings play.

Balmain: For The Mad Max Rock & Roll Warrior Princess In You

The tiny shorts and the Napoleonic jacket look like they've been dredged out of a river, for an ensemble that's dripping with cool.

Balmain: For The Mad Max Rock & Roll Warrior Princess In You

A simple tank and jeans become not-so-simple with luxe fabrications.

Balmain: For The Mad Max Rock & Roll Warrior Princess In You

Faux-punk! A shrunken leather jacket and tiny shredded shorts — taking a thrifting/DIY aesthetic and making it high fa$hion.

Balmain: For The Mad Max Rock & Roll Warrior Princess In You

The cobbled-together leather — with grommets and lacing — is a little bit BDSM, a little medieval and very tough. It's paired with a wispy metallic skirt, for a mix of hard and soft.

Balmain: For The Mad Max Rock & Roll Warrior Princess In You

Part Cyrsta from Ferngully; part Tina Turner in Beyond Thunderdome.

Balmain: For The Mad Max Rock & Roll Warrior Princess In You

Spotted at Balmain: French vogue's Carine Roitfeld, in a subdued ensemble (for her).

Balmain: For The Mad Max Rock & Roll Warrior Princess In You

Also spotted: Rihanna, who looked pretty Mad Max in the "Run This Town" video.

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