Founded in 1945 by designer Pierre Balmain, fashion house Balmain defined the ?new French style? with a focus on construction and simple silhouettes over the intricately adorned styles of previous decades. Balmain studied architecture before turning to fashion, a love reflected in his sculptural gowns and tailored ready-to-wear garments. Today, Balmain honors the tradition of its founder, with futuristic, menswear-inspired pieces for women and urban-influenced casual menswear. Balmain shoes and handbags are mostly leather, embellished with studs, chains, and bold colors. Bergdorf Goodman carries a wide selection of Balmain for men and women, including dresses, jackets, tops, sportswear, and accessories.