For the Spring 2013 Balmain season, it was very exaggerated. I mean, exaggerated shoulders, pants, details, and eyelets. Yes, Olivier Rousteing gave a new meaning to the perforation trend. The constancy to sway the aesthetic from its previous designer, Christophe Decarnin, was also a prominent this season. Though moving forward with his own aesthetic, the soul of the fashion house is still there.
I cannot say that I am the biggest fan of the collection this season. There were some pieces that I found really amazing, like a few of the dresses (pretty much all of them), shirts (embroidered one), skirts (Looks 12, 17, 37), sweater (Look 21) and matador jacket (Look 9). But overall, I found it very 80’s/90’s, which was the inspiration of course, but it was too strong and was borderline dated. All I was thinking was Christina Applegate in Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead when I was looking through it. One thing that will always be a positive is the embroidered detailing. I will always be a fan of Olivier’s embroidery. Click through the collection below.