Paris Fashion WeekFall/Winter 2015-2016
Opulent, glamorous, breathtakingly beautiful and feminine… Olivier Rousteing once again captured our hearts with his chic Balmain fall/winter 2015-2016 collection that has just been triumphantly showcased on the runway at Paris Fashion Week. Being the logical continuation of the brand’s pre-fall lineup we discovered not that long ago, this ready-to-wear collection brings a burst of beautiful autumnal shades to the scene and flowing silhouettes mixing Seventies with Eighties in the most glamorous way possible. While the whole world focused on the star-studded front row with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, a.k.a. the brand’s faces for their menswear spring 2015 campaign, taking center stage during the show with Kim debuting her brand-new platinum hair color, we couldn’t take our eyes off Alessandra Ambrosio, who opened the show donning a pleated floor-length jumpsuit in the warm mustard color and with sexy cut-outs. The entire #BalmainArmy rocked the stage today in Paris with Adriana Lima, Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Kendall Jenner, Jessica Stam, Lily Donaldson, Joan Smalls and Jourdan Dunn all looking ravishing in an array of jaw-dropping Balmain designs that apparently have used Oliver’s close friend Kim Kardashian as the muse.
Vintage looks bold and beautiful according to Balmain, comprising an opulent color palette of yellows, oranges, purples, turquoises, greens, blues, fuchsias and hot pinks perfectly balanced with blacks, whites and glittery motifs. We have stripes, romantic florals and abstract patterns put in a myriad of colors that look irresistible in combination with those boldly color-blocked designs. Signature Balmain wide belts in different colors, as well as plunging V-necklines, midriff-exposing cuts, one-shoulder-off designs and colorful fur enhance the drama and glamour in the looks, being used in the right proportions to complement the looks rather than become focal points themselves.
You’ll hardly see any bare legs throughout the collection, since the models either wear wide-leg billowing jumpsuits, pants and tops duos or style their mini dresses and skirts with black tights that kind of boost the sexiness in the looks, at the same time granting them with warmth.
Perhaps the biggest surprise came in the cover up. These clothes were designed to be less fleshy than what we have come to expect from 28-year-old Rousteing. He chooses long-legged, glowing, robust-looking girls to walk in his show (the kind of gloriously sexy goddesses you'd find walking the Victoria's Secret runway) and there's always oodles of skin on display. Today, legs when visible were in tights - a low, possibly eight-denier by the looks of things.
For the most part, Rousteing has done away with the embroidery that was the house signature when he arrived, but there hasn't been the corresponding lightening up of the clothes that you'd expect. There were exceptions to that rule: a body-con dress in stretchy lace, a tailored velvet dress with a spill of ruffles below the waist, a minidress in color-blocked beaded fringe. Despite their finery, they had a slip-on-and-go simplicity that will make them popular on the party circuit. It's no surprise that, at the dinner Rousteing threw at Lapérouse late this evening, Balmain frocks outnumbered Balmain flares 10-to-1.
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