“My Balmain army has shed its armor,” read Olivier Rousteing’s Balmain spring/summer 2017 collection’s notes, and boy, was he right! For his Balmain spring 2017 ready-to-wear lineup, creative director Olivier Rousteing brought a confident sensuality to the runway, infusing it with both ‘wild’ jungle motifs and military-inspired patterns.
As a result, the overall collection looked as a sort of haute couture version of the summer-in-the-sun motif, with sun-soaked colors, both seen within the staples and au naturel makeup looks, perfectly walking hand in hand with the imposing, yet always slinky lines of the garments. While the lineup’s first part was mostly composed of wearable proposals perfect for wearing on a daily basis, the second one was all about standout evening dresses, the overall designs of which were nothing, but purely sophisticated.
The runway show, along with its astounding models (such as Balmain’s habitués Alessandra Ambrosio, Doutzen Kroes and Gigi Hadid) and chromatically arranged staples, surely helped the collection increasingly showcase its sultriest side, as it started off with vibrant, rich shades of yellow and orange, slowly ending up with more mysterious total black ensembles and then multi-colored ones. As a perfect frame, the runway show was filled with jungle-inspired foliage, the green shades of which inevitably enhanced the collection’s orange and red hues.
Although extremely diverse in lines and silhouettes, all of the staples were linked to one another with two distinctive embellishments that will surely appeal to most of you: belts cinched at the waists, and tactical cut-outs. Combined together, these details architecturally shaped the bodies, helping nearly every silhouette get its most harmonious balance.
As a side effect, most of the staples are inevitably revealing. Letting the skin (literally) breathe was, however, one of Rousteing’s main purposes, as he just wished his clientele could have fun with fashion and dare with more (self-)confident outfits. Of course, Rousteing took the time to play with mesh and see-through patterns, making everything even sultrier, if possible. As he said, Balmain spring/summer 2017 women “never shy away from showing their softer side, sure in the knowledge that there’s no longer any need to shout.”
Although revealing, a great amount of the Balmain spring 2017 ready-to-wear staples is extremely and sophisticatedly relaxed in figures too, with flared lines and maxi cardigans often alternating each other as a way to balance the most curve-hugging proposals. Geometric and striped patterns also helped detract the attention from the sensual cuts, as both the color-blocking patterns and metallic contours are heavily hypnotic.
The Balmain spring 2017 collection offered us also a sort of utilitarian take on the standard Balmain fashion, with oversized trench coats interrupting the line with a touch of casual-chic allure from time to time.
The Balmain spring/summer 2017 collection was smartly packaged with both the familiar and the new, with the latter being captivatingly dominant. “Almost six years on, with more than enough battles and learning curves behind us, my team and I find ourselves settling into our comfort zone,” explained Rousteing, and we couldn’t be more thrilled about his brand new fashion experiments!
Photos courtesy of Vogue