Balmain Fall Winter 2012 2013
Designer Olivier Rousteing, believes in a more structured, more embellished future for Balmain than his predecessor Christophe Decarnin. Some of the ornate designs would make Pierre Balmain a proud man.
For the look there was intricate needlepoint work that featured a cameo on the front but amidst all the imperious work there was a woman wearing it. The detailing definitely took away from the model but the shirt was quite literally a work of art that was framed by the magnificent metallic handwork covered the arms, front, and back. To even it out, a simple pair of slim cut black velvet pants were paired with the lavishly designed top.
The collection was a maze of black leather, furs, and gold accents all of which worked sublimely together. Not to mention that black and gold are a major trend this year but Rousteing worked it in effortlessly.
The overall collection was an excellent collaboration of rich velvet fabrics, opulent gold details, embroidery fit for the queen of England, and this underlay of rocker chic. The motorcycle jacket that Balmain has become so known for over the past few years was re-invented with an over-sized silhouette that gave the impression of a take no prisoners/high fashion thriller kind of way. If the new Balmain moto- jacket were made into a movie, the title would most definitely be Kill Bill 3 – A Balmain Masacre.
Arizona Muse looked a little schleppy in her casual hair, and pearl beaded suit. It wasn’t her styling so much that was as casual, but more the fit of the schawl collar blazer and pants that dragged on the floor. Upon closer look the suit is actually made from leather but that is no excuse to forget to hem a pant.
Lastly, there was one thing that was nice to see and one thing that was not-so-nice. A hemline that was so high, the models hoo-ha was nearly on display. Sleeves so long they made the young girls look like they were hitting menopause any minute. I’ll let you decide which was good and which was a faux pas trend or not.