Olivier Rousteing Turned Down the Bling For Balmain Spring 2014
Throw in quilted leather and some houndstooth and I’m hooked. Now add thick golden chains in the form of cuffs, necklaces and belts and you got a powerful collection. The length of skirts has really thrown me for a loop though. Lady Gaga, Celina Jade and Blake Lively were shot recently rocking the Balmain Fall 2013 collection and the hemlines were scandalously high which is what we’re used to when it comes to Balmain… Spring 14 changes this. With knee length leather and pencil style exploded houndstooth skirts… the look and feel of Rousteing’s Balmain is changing…
Thoughts about the Houndstooth:
The print which I love more than most any print was used in a big way (and not just because it was exploded but because it was all over the collection). But is it really appropriate to use that print this season? On the one hand, it’s a print and who says you can or can’t use it in a collection? That’s like telling an artist to skip the color blue in his artwork… but on the other and the reason I’m even commenting on its uses is… houndstooth was used so much last year and then brought down into the fast fashion retailers in such a ravenous way that… I’m sick of it. Maybe that’s just me. It’s like when any designer uses a peplum… I’m just so SICK of seeing it.
Thoughts on the collection regarding its Menswear Inspiration:
I have always had my heart in a space that yearns for a day when the creativity that douses womenswear is shared with the menswear industry so I am so happy to see that Olivier did a similar denim jacket in his men’s Balmain collection for Spring 2014. Though different in it’s design and pattern placement the style is nearly identical. GLEE! I love this.
Also the men’s collection was launched back in June, so it’s nice to see (or it can be interpreted) that the women’s collection was (in a way) inspired by the clothing from the men’s line as opposed to most scenarios where the women’s collection dominates the direction of fashion and in so doing determine what looks the men’s counterpart collections will show. This is a revolution… though small… it’s meaningful and worth noting.
Thoughts on the Quilted Leather and Insert Frill Hems:
I died when I saw the sixth look. It was quilted leather the whole way through. The jacket is a clean cut leather with a bracelet sleeve and quilted from sleeve to shoulder to patch pockets and back again. Of course the head designer of Balmain didn’t stop there. The to-the-knee skirt with a drop insert frill hem takes the silhouettes of this season and really sets Rousteing apart from the others in his league. He was one of the only designers to adopt this look into his collection which tell me it’ll probably be the next big silhouette in womenswear.
Thoughts on the Balmain Overalls:
Is Pierre Balmain turning in his grave? Nah… I bet he’s having a giggle over the overalls. They were fresh and updated bringing the age of their demographic right where it should be at a tender 25+. I especially liked the all leather look. These would be perfect for Lucy Liu as she sexily infiltrated a construction site for plans of some sort on a future Charlie’s Angels movie. Need a stylist… Call me 😉
Images from Style.com and Getty