Opulent, glamorous, breathtakingly beautiful and feminine… Olivier Rousteing once again captured our hearts with his chic Balmain fall/winter 2015-2016 collection that has just been triumphantly showcased on the runway at Paris Fashion Week. Being the logical continuation of the brand’s pre-fall lineup we discovered not that long ago, this ready-to-wear collection brings a burst of beautiful autumnal shades to the scene and flowing silhouettes mixing Seventies with Eighties in the most glamorous way possible. While the whole world focused on the star-studded front row with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, a.k.a. the brand’s faces for their menswear spring 2015 campaign, taking center stage during the show with Kim debuting her brand-new platinum hair color, we couldn’t take our eyes off Alessandra Ambrosio, who opened the show donning a pleated floor-length jumpsuit in the warm mustard color and with sexy cut-outs. The entire #BalmainArmy rocked the stage today in Paris with Adriana Lima, Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Kendall Jenner, Jessica Stam, Lily Donaldson, Joan Smalls and Jourdan Dunn all looking ravishing in an array of jaw-dropping Balmain designs that apparently have used Oliver’s close friend Kim Kardashian as the muse.
Like the music to which the show kicked off, the entire Balmain fall/winter 2015-2016 collection was a remix of the sexy and the classy, the elegant and the sporty, the monochrome with the hot color blocking touches. As a rule, we were treated to a parade of party-ready glamorous designs utilizing lots of sheer lace used for the brightly colored skin-tight long-sleeved bodysuits and mini skirts, strong shoulders bringing the ‘80s references first spotted at London Fashion Week for this fall, as well as a rich Eighties color palette, lots of pleats, beaded fringe and sensual satin giving movement and freshness to those maxi designs. It’s really interesting to see some designers breaking from the season’s trending Sixties and Seventies styles and bringing variety to the scene experimenting with the Eighties instead. No wonder, Olivier Rousteing did it skillfully, injecting loads of femme fatale attitude to his brightly colored designs.
Vintage looks bold and beautiful according to Balmain, comprising an opulent color palette of yellows, oranges, purples, turquoises, greens, blues, fuchsias and hot pinks perfectly balanced with blacks, whites and glittery motifs. We have stripes, romantic florals and abstract patterns put in a myriad of colors that look irresistible in combination with those boldly color-blocked designs. Signature Balmain wide belts in different colors, as well as plunging V-necklines, midriff-exposing cuts, one-shoulder-off designs and colorful fur enhance the drama and glamour in the looks, being used in the right proportions to complement the looks rather than become focal points themselves.
You’ll hardly see any bare legs throughout the collection, since the models either wear wide-leg billowing jumpsuits, pants and tops duos or style their mini dresses and skirts with black tights that kind of boost the sexiness in the looks, at the same time granting them with warmth. We, of course, saw amazing outerwear options and long-sleeved looks, as it’s fall after all and feeling comfy and cozy should be balanced with the gorgeousness of the pieces you don. In line with this, the collection brings amazing evening-ready looks that place the accent on the movement and colors. Wholly, it was a fierce and strong collection, one that Balmain has gotten us used to expecting and one that we’ll dream about a lot!
Photos courtesy of Vogue UK