Keeping with the thoughts of using music as the inspiration, Olivier Rousteing chose Elvis in Vegas for the Balmain Resort collection. He chose Kasia Stuss to be the model for his first jab at womenswear since gaining the title of Creative Director.
The collection had a huge amount of detail put into it. Looking at the dresses it is just impeccable how much is in it. For example, the mini dress with the tribal print. That whole print has been embroidered on the dress itself. Just amazing.
One thing that I do have to say is that, I get McQueen a lot looking through the collection. With all the gold combined with the prints and white…it is just reminiscent of the fashion house. Though with that aside, the collection is still great. I love that they did trouser cuts this season. Those would have to be my favorite. They feature ankle zips and hidden pocket zippers at the hip. Olivier also brought back the leather hot pants with the multiple hip zippers, but cleaned them up for this collection. A new feature this season is also in the motorcycle jeans. The pleating on those are cut different and placed different than what is usual for Balmain. The line also features a pink pair and an amazing shirt with suede panels (image 15). You can check out some of the looks below.
Just as I expected, Balmain has now gone to a more put together route. At first, when I was looking through this collection, I have to say that I was a bit unsure if it would still have the essence that Christophe Decarnin put into the house. But after looking through the whole collection, I actually find that it still does. Truthfully, I do find it to be going down a Balenciaga route a bit with the colors and cuts of some of the outerwear, but still feels like Balmain.
The distressing detail is not so in your face, yet is still featured minimally throughout the line. Also featured this season, that was not as prominent in the past seasons, are pastels. Yellow, orange, and mint green came in forms of jeans, scarves, t-shirts, vests, and jackets.
The first thing that I fell for in this collection right away was the crocodile jacket above. The tailoring is just amazing. I also love the whole look from from the third image below. Jackets are definitely Balmain’s strong point. They are just so well tailored. Overall I think Balmain is under great hands with Olivier Rousteing.
Balmain has just walked in Paris, but designer Christophe Decarnin was a no show. I’m always interested in seeing what he gives his bow in. Paris has definitely had their fair share of problems this season. This collection was once again inspired by Glam rock, but the glamorous men’s side the genre, i.e. David Bowie. Balmain also got a lot more sleek and mellow with this collection with the help of Melanie Ward. It did have the usual short, rock sensibility, and of course leather.
Balmain also added a new style to their collection that has never been featured before in the past ones, a skinny jumpsuit. Another new addition to the fashion house is t-shirts that are not in a cotton material (one shown above). A great take on the usual cotton and drapes just like it. I’m sure Kanye will be sporting one pretty soon. I think the jackets and the dresses will once again have many ladies swooning, as well as the mini skirts. You can check out many of the looks below.
The Outnet is having another great Balmain sale. They have many pieces from the Baroque ‘n’ Roll collection and some pieces from the previous one. There are some jeans including the sequined jeans and the black suede pair that I have been lusting over, unfortunately too pricey. There are also some jeans that are more affordable, yet pricey, like flares and the ones above. There are some jackets including a dark washed denim one, as well as their blazers. You can click here to see the sale for yourself at The Outnet.