February 27th, 2014
Fashion, Fashion Show, Fashion Week, Show Review
Show Review: Balmain Fall 2014
By Faith

Balmain has long been a brand of excess: from the days of former designer Christophe Decarnin to the French fashion house’s latest creative direction with 28 year-old Olivier Rousteing at the helm. For Fall 2014, the lineup was notably less exaggerated: well in Balmain terms. Rousteing expanded on his Pre-Fall 2014 influence of Peter Beard’s early 80′s images of Iman and african safaris, showing cargo-pocketed designs in safari-inspired hues of army green and khaki along with a slew of animal prints and furs.

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An army green leather safari jacket accented with a beaded choker, olive silk trousers, and black and gold strappy booties opened the show on Jourdan Dunn: demonstrating that functionality and texture would be on high, though hints of that metallic glamour would still be in play. The green hue continued on peplum jackets (yes the feminine detail is back again), office-appropriate pencil skirts, embroidered flare skirts, and open-toe booties. Bamboo hoops finished off a large number of ensembles which I rather enjoyed.

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Prints were feral and fierce with cropped leopard jackets with oversized cargo pockets, belts of the same pattern cinching the waists of leather jackets, pencil skirts, zebra print crop tops with army green leather piping, and so much more.

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Any piece from Balmain is an investment, thus I gravitated toward the simpler designs including a teal leather cargo jumpsuit (my favorite silhouette of all time), a simple yet form-conscious LBD, a black leather shawl collar jacket, and a satin wrap mini skirt: all pieces that will go down in my wardrobe as classics.

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We already know that Rihanna will be among the first to sport these designs and I expect she’ll opt for a sexy strappy cutout top, feather mini skirt, and an orange leather chain-detailed high-waist pencil skirt. I also expect to see beauties including Chrissy Teigen and LaLa Anthony in the lineup’s green leather and rope detailed pleated dress, a strapless leopard bustier and royal blue pencil skirt pairing, a furry sweater and feral print mini skirt combination, and a showstopping yellow braided number.

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What do you think of Rousteing’s latest for Balmain?

Images: Fashion Wire Press

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21 Responses to “Show Review: Balmain Fall 2014”

  1. Mirian says:

    This collection is amazing from start to finish!!

    And shoutout to Senait from Elmer Olsen repping Toronto. She’s the first girl in the slide show in the neon orange fur. :)

  2. Crystal says:

    Breathtaking.

  3. . says:

    This collection is sooo hottt!! OMG!

  4. Starla says:

    I Love, I live for this! High fashion is back!

  5. Shayla says:

    Flawlessly executed! O.R showed up & showed out, this collection is HAUTE!

  6. fly won says:

    One of EVERYTHING please! this is the most cohesive attention grabbing collection thus far

  7. jeda says:

    i am speechless
    Blessings

  8. Monica says:

    LOVE!!! this collection is everything!

  9. Anonymous says:

    LOVE IT JOAN SMALLS YOU A BEAST BOO : )

  10. Anonymous says:

    THAT ASIAN GURL KILLED IT RIP IM DEAD! #BALMAINDAMUTHFREAKINTRUTHBBY : )

  11. kathy says:

    Look at all those beautiful women on the runway, great model casting.

  12. I LOVE Balmain says:

    Is that Rosie Hun White? I feel like I never see her doing runway. Anyway duh I love the collection.

  13. Jen says:

    OMG this collection has me breathless. I wish I could dress like this DAILY. Life would be so fun!

  14. Xi Xi Topp says:

    The extremely lovely Ajak Deng was allegedly told she was too Black (dark-skinned & not desirably African-looking I guess?) to walk Balmain’s show & I believe her.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Stunning

  16. Natasha says:

    Very interesting from a visual perspective. Not sure how wearable many of these are for daily life.

  17. Amazing! I loved every look.

  18. I loved this show for sooooo many reasons!

  19. I loved it! Seriously, Olivier & Balmain deserve more attention. THIS SHOW WAS DIVERSE. Here’s the review I did with a twist.

    http://tamarapridgett.weebly.com/4/post/2014/03/balmain-a-fashion-breakthrough.html

  20. Sha says:

    These pieces are absolutely STUNNING!! This man is a gift to fashion AND the fact that it looks like God himself craved Olivier out of a special stone that was used to make him alone…is just….. LORDT!!

    Beautiful work!! He’s beyond talented!!! The detail and structure of these clothes are to die for..this is fashion!!!

    Lord if I had he money I would invest in every single piece!! Not one piece looks bad!!

  21. Sha says:

    ANNNNDDDD the bamboo earrings & styling..slayed the nation!!

    #OKBYE!!

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