While the Paris Fashion Week for spring/summer couture designs is currently full-throttle, we are also enjoying the wide array of pre-fall 2015 looks that have been popping up daily, getting us ready for the next batch of cooler weather when we have yet to escape from the freezing season we are currently in. No offense to the designers, but we would love to enjoy some warmth before having to look at amazingly wonderful long-sleeved ensembles once again. Of course, with February around the corner and the month of romance already stirring rather lovely ideas in us, it’s no wonder we’ve gravitated towards the Balmain pre-fall 2015 collection. We love the touch of romance that’s been added to the line, particularly with the flower prints that are oh-so-chic throughout the whole of 2015. It’s rather sweet the way we are presented with wallpaper-like motifs of anemones and buttercups in bright reds and blues, both colours also staples of the spring/summer couture fashions.
Balmain is a French haute couture fashion house founded by Pierre Balmain in 1946. Today, it offers a combination of haute couture and ready-to-wear designs, along with perfume, jewellery and an assortment of accessories. Inspired by Christian Dior, it is no wonder that Balmain has managed to excel in the fashion industry. Effortless and refined, while still remaining luxurious and opulent; that is how one can describe the Balmain label in all honesty, which is probably why the music industry has often cited the brand in their lyrics. Since Balmain has often enjoyed connecting with Parisian couture from the ‘70s, it’s no wonder that their current collection also nods in that direction.
The Balmain pre-fall 2015 collection features velvet jackets and matching fluid dresses, as well as long gowns and palazzo pants, all in silhouettes that keep true to the label’s signature sex appeal, though we aren’t looking at tight corseted bodices now. There are no shoulder pads present either, instead opting for sleek jumpsuits draped over with a black jersey knit and polka-dotted tulle, mustard-yellow belted coats, heavy embroidery working in chunky crystals and sparkling fringes dripping from short dresses.
Who said that the pre-fall fashions had to be sombre? Balmain’s certainly done an amazing job with keeping with the times while adding retro looks that spice up the whole of the outfits. We’re talking red and black striped knitwear with huge silver buckled belts and intriguing palazzo pants in red and green floral prints set against a black background. The same look can be transformed a la Balmain into a sexy mini dress with a black belt buckle and almost fully taken over with the floral print design. We’re seeing dark full stockings and golden ankle-strapped heels added to finish up the look.
Those golden heels also look amazing when paired with a mustard yellow frilly skirt, red banded belt and black turtle-neck top, made all the sexier in design with the cut outs at the shoulders. Balmain certain loves putting women in black tights and this look is no exception. Throw on a long black knit jacket over the sexy ensemble and the world is yours for the taking! Other trends seen among the collection include more mustard yellow designs, a whole lot of black, some lovely green pairings, dominating romantic reds and lovely ocean blues as well as multiple pointy toes stiletto heeled shoes that have us simply gaga over the collection.
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