04/02/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

$1,500 Ripped Jeans Defy Recession, Sell Briskly

On Thursday, Christophe Decarnin stages his fall 2009 show for Balmain. Attending a Balmain show couldn't be a more ironic activity in These Times, since it's unlikely anything coming down the runway will cost less than $1,400. Balmain T-shirts cost $1,500, Balmain jackets cost $5,000 -- you'd think cocaine came in the pockets or something.

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