Regardless of how easily recognizable the Balmain designs are, or how persistent and transparent the brand’s aesthetic is in spite of all the exuberant visions that helped shape its signature strengths across the seasons, one thing is still clear: you can expect the unexpected from the house that loves to impregnate its garments with good time vibes and plenty of alluring poise.
For fall / winter 2013 Olivier Rousteing abandoned himself to the enthusiasm of the 1980s, when the glitz and glamour equaled in meaning the “more is more” outlook. Extreme silhouettes, loud colors, exaggerated shoulders and hips, all cut in gold lame, leather and silk charmeuse, topped by heavy embellishments and an aggressive styling, made sure the garments came across bold and passionate, just like Roustein’s own perception.
Harem pants, stiff blazers, diamond patterns in all the lively colors and delicate angora knits, complemented a vision that steered away from the old Balmain aesthetic with confidence and courage. But no matter how easily would referencing the past feel for some, there comes a point when the image of the modern-day woman should at least temper with the high-spirited visions.
You can see all of the Balmain autumn (fall) / winter 2013 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.