Balmain and luxury are pretty much synonymous, but the French fashion house sought to give that affluent air a more laid-back and athletic-inspired vibe with its latest collection for Spring 2014. Olivier Rousteing worked his magic, creating a selection of styles that seemed just as cool and “It” as they always have with more function to boot.
The brand has really made something of the age-old pied de poule pattern, better known as houndstooth. The classic print was presented right out of the gate on a long sweater cinched at the waist with a chain-link detailed belt, though it was also splattered on high-waist button front pencil skirts, bomber jackets, leggings, and ethereal off-the-shoulder dresses.
Houndstooth was not to be confused with the Spring-perfect gingham at play on flirty ruffle-hem skirts, easy button-front shirts, roomy trousers, a spiffy pair of baby blue and white overalls, and more.
Paris is the last of the Fashion Weeks, thus you’ve already guessed that leather is in for the season. Black was Rousteing’s color of choice on pants that will be sure to keep their wearers warm, a long quilted sleeve jumpsuit (one of the coolest spins on the classic silhouette that I’ve seen in quite some time), ruffle-hem quilted pencil skirts, and another iteration of the aforementioned overalls that I’m sure every sartorially-inclined, daring fashionista cannot wait to get her hands on.
The modern Balmain woman loves denim just as much as she loves diamonds, thus the everyday textile was given a high-fashion spin on a quite divine off-the-shoulder top with zipper and grommet detailing, more of the aforestated quilted styles, and a cargo jumpsuit that skewed a bit mechanic, among other pieces.
I can already hear the high-pitched shrills of celebs who can barely wait to test out these designs on the red carpet. Nicole Richie, Rihanna, Rita Ora, Zoe Saldana: this collection was practically made for you, so thank Olivier when you get a chance would you?
Thoughts on Rousteing’s latest for Balmain?