Paris, September 26, 2013
Olivier Rousteing has proven himself time and time again at Balmain. With that being said, fashionistas could have expected his Spring Summer 2014 collection to go one of a few directions. With the opportunity in going overboard on embellishments at an arms length in his house, Balmain one of the original couturiers, anything was possible. But he went further down his own style of a rabbit hole, which ironically was more wearable than ever. This man knew from a young age that he wanted to be a designer and pursued it all the way to the top, where he surely reigns. Balmain Spring Summer 2014 presents a gorgeous combination of black, whites, baby blues and pinks, and silver metallic promenading a whole girly slew of matchy matchy sets infused and all tied together with the common these of belted oversized metal chain embellishing. True waist belted silhouettes that ranged from cardigan style jackets layered over short flamenco Barbie ruffle skirts that never passed the knee cap but provided enough fabric to demand style, overalls, and 1980’s throwback work suits. Giant houndstooth, Roger Rabbit Pin stripe, and Vichy prints in an array of black and white, blues and white, multiple denim shades, chalk pink and white, and finally silver metallic beaded variations missed with laces were all to live for. There were several sets of overalls as mentioned and one must think that Beiber fever has finally penetrated fashion at the highest level with one of our most rock star and youngest couture designers jumping on the wagon. The overalls in satin silk in a baby blue and white Vichy print with a metallic houndstooth cardigan jacket was a show maker. Signature Balmain severe shoulders made a quick display, followed by perfectly symmetrical off the shoulder cuts, pintucked pink chiffon as a entire look, ruffles in the sexiest part of the thigh with A line high waist skirts, pastel or black feathers that looked more like fur than bird for the miniskirts, seductive sweaters and skirts with sheer peek-a-boos often appearing with Fleur de Lis appliqué details connecting moments, quilting galore, perfectly placed lace and the most amazing boots of the season made for a dream of Parisian construction and true modern fashion in every sense of the word. Pierre would have been proud. Finally, the cross over chain edged giant ribbon like effect on two of the skirts provided pockets and the placement was sheer genius and sure to be replicated for many seasons to follow by wannabe Rousteings. Journalists are not supposed to use the word I, but in this one case, I must say, if I could pick one to wear and one alone in all the collections presented 2014 Spring, this would be it.
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