Olivier Rousteing expands upon the rich hues, varied textures, and ’70s inspired silhouettes he introduced in Balmain’s Pre-Fall 2013 offerings in the fashion house’s latest collection for Fall. Taking inspiration from Christian Lacroix and Paul Poiret, the designs are a study in vivacity, excess, and rock and roll chic, with the kind of energy and “wow” factor that simply cannot be denied. “It” girls flock to the brand season after season for fête-ready gear and these pieces show precisely why.
The pizazz is on display with the very first look: a silver metallic quilted mini dress with a draped skirt paired with thigh-high boots. The same pattern plays on harem pants, boxy vests, jumpsuits, and more.
Silver isn’t the only metallic on the bill as gold is splashed everywhere from quite functional crewneck knits to a draped tulip maxi skirt that will most likely make its way to the red carpet this year.
Designers are showing no signs of giving up on leather and the edgy material uplifts draped jackets and dresses cinched at the waist, high-waist harem pants for a not so functional take on comfort, barely-there mini skirts, and turtlenecks sure to keep their wearers warm.
The season’s requisite fuzzy knits are presented, though layered under sparkling blazers and beaded tops, nipped at the waist, and juxtaposed with satin trousers: not exactly your grandmother’s idea of the perfect sweater (or most people’s for that matter) but these are definitely glitzy and glamorous spins on the classics.
Pops of color shine through for the season in rich jewel tones of fuchsia, cobalt, emerald, and purple.
There is more than enough red carpet-ready wear here for the brand’s fans including Kelly Rowland, Nicki Minaj, and Brandy, among others. I’m most interested in seeing how the collection’s boxy yet glittering suits are worn, as well as how celebs pair the season’s thigh-high boots.
Thoughts on Balmain’s last collection? Check out our review of the fashion house’s Pre-Fall 2013 offerings here.