Thursday, March 1, 2012

Fall 2012: Balmain

Look. Let me just say it. Olivier Rousteing is the best thing to have happened to Balmain in a long time. There. And with this collection, he took the label back to its couture roots with a dash of Russian imperial glamour.
Inspiration for the collection apparently was the blue and gold Fabergé egg Richard Burton gave to Elizabeth Taylor, setting the tone of the highly structured clothes that dripped with jewels. But Rousteing was not just about gemstones- long vestments in black and sumptuous velvets consolidated a fall trend for the covered-up and looked forward, not back. 
Revisiting the house’s signature jacket, Roousteing made it oversized and sharpened it into an ornament. A beautiful one, too. Pants were relaxed to give the silhouette a more fluid look, and boyish cropped pants were paired with a perfect jacket and vest. The best Balmain collection i've seen in a long time.

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