The new man at Balmain is no longer the young outcast. He has grown into one who enjoys more interesting details over the distressing that he coveted in the past.
This season, Olivier Rousteing went for an Asian influence. Some of the jackets were kimono inspired, while others were classic Balmain with exquisite tailoring. Two things that will always be prominent, are the leather pants and jackets. This season was no exception. When you thought this was just going to be another collection of just skinny pants, you see the drop crotch styles paired with Judo belts to help keep his inspiration alive throughout. You can see all the looks from this collection below.
The new Diesel Black Gold collection was inspired by a psychedelic rock band on a Cosmic Tour. Think Bob Dylan of the past and Jamie Hince of today. The pieces were cut slim and layered under tailored outerwear. Like the many other collections, Diesel kept with the trends for the men this season by incorporating shaggy/fur jackets and leather pants, as well as jackets.
Looking through the many shows, Diesel has to be in my top 2 so far for this season, along with Fendi. Mostly due to the fact that it was like looking in a mirror when I was scrolling through each look. The pieces were styled exactly how I would put them together for myself. You can see all the looks from the collection below.
Barbara Bui is quickly becoming the next big thing in the design world and she proved it with her Spring 2013 collection. If you are looking for that medium between the over-the-top Balmain and the laid-back Parisian cool of Isabel Marant, then look at Barbara Bui. Her clothes are simple and chic which is perfect for every women, everyday.
This is probably one of my highlights for the shows that have the “Parisian Cool Chick” category. The clothes were clean, lightweight and there was a ton of leather (A DREAM!). The scarf in Look 23 was also a highlight for me. Yes! Finally printed tribal scarves are back and that one is sure to be a popular one amongst quite a few people. You can click through the collection yourself below.
Right when the weather starts to cool down, Isabel Marant is making every girl wish the heat would drag on a bit longer. For her Spring 2013 collection, she took her girls out of Paris and brought them over to a tropical land somewhere by the equator.
Something new this season for Marant were the full on head-to-toe prints. Prints are usually bold and more here or there each season, but for this collection she put them in muted shades and paired them with each other. Like the pieces from the other seasons, I am sure we will start seeing these on the celebs soon. You can see the full collection below. Warning: You are going to wish you were on vacation.