January 22nd, 2014
Fashion, Fashion News, Fashion Show, Fashion Week, Show Review
Show Review: Balmain Pre-Fall 2014
By Faith

Olivier Rousteing pulled inspiration from the images of famed photographer Peter Beard for Balmain’s Pre-Fall 2014 lineup, specifically his 70′s photos of the African landscape featuring supermodel Iman. That influence gave way to fierce animal prints, safari-inspired designs, and some of the decade’s trademark details including strong shoulders, jumpsuits, statement necklaces, and more.

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Animal print was heavy right out of the gate on sheer-inset zebra tops, calf hair-detailed waist-cinching belts, and structured pleat skirts with leather and gold metal accents. The collection went full-on jungle in menswear-inspired leopard print suits, belted leather jackets with black and white silk zebra panels, leg-baring mini skirts in the feral patterns (a Balmain signature), and an office-ready pencil skirt that will take its wearer straight from the boardroom to a night out on the town.

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Olive green army jackets were paired with silky jumpsuits in a matching hue (high atop my must-have list for the season), bamboo earrings, and gold metal-heeled sandals for an effortless blend of safari meets street. Pencil skirts, black tights, and cargo trousers grounded the pieces in functionality and real-time wear.

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No Balmain collection would be complete without leather, thus Rousteing used the edgy texture in knotted crop tops, the aforementioned pleated skirts, high-waist cargo trousers, utilitarian vests, and more.

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Fur and angora toppers radiated warmth when layered over pencil skirts and cargo-pocketed designs. It was also refreshing to see a brand anchor so many looks with tights for the season: a clear commitment to showing us all how to wear the pieces from the balmy temperatures of Fall straight through the chill of autumn.

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More and more celebs flock to Balmain’s designs season after season, with ladies including Rihanna, LaLa Anthony, and Kelly Rowland among last year’s wearers. There were more than enough red carpet-ready looks on display from shimmering zebra print mini skirts with gold metallic stripes to simple ruched numbers that will set the stage for bombshell hair and killer accessories.

Thoughts on Rousteing’s latest for Balmain?

Images: Style.com

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12 Responses to “Show Review: Balmain Pre-Fall 2014”

  1. Simple89 says:

    this is DOPE!!!

  2. that stunning black model uplifted my afternoon. Love all the zebra print ensembles ;)

  3. Shayla says:

    This offering is FIRE! What a wonderful way to start off the day! I live…go Balmain!

  4. jasmine c says:

    yasssss *breaks out church fan* i can already see nicki minaj’s stylist copping these. and that blue jumpsuit?!?! #ilive

  5. Latoya says:

    Love everything about this! Crop leather top is to die for!

  6. As a chick who is not big on leather, fur, or animal print I have to say Balmain would get a few of my coins for this collection. SICK.

  7. MynameisPeaches! says:

    This collection is fierce. I love every look. The black model is everything.Black girls rock! Yup I know all girls rock but I want the world to know that we rock too.

  8. NYC chick says:

    Amazing, super hot

  9. Lex says:

    Balmain never fails

  10. Noirre says:

    Luv it.

  11. Anonymous says:

    HOT!

  12. TheCaseGirl says:

    That blue leather pants set with the black leather belt..
    MAJOR SLAYAGE MY GOD!!!!
    I want, I need, I gotta have

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