Bold, seductive, feminine and modern, the brand-new Balmain spring/summer 2015 collection brought a strict and well-shaped style today to Paris Fashion Week, making the audience swoon at the sight of those breathtaking designs. The Balmain woman is a warrior this spring, who still manages to be utterly elegant and feminine, sporting figure-flattering clothing pieces with a touch of a daring attitude. Olivier Rousteing once again managed to prove that his unconventional approach to fashion always leads to a statement-making style, one that has always defined the Balmain ideology. “There is nothing wrong in saying that sexy today is modern and exploring the sexiness….I think that, for my generation, there is a lot of sexiness. I love the fact that sexiness is a power today. For me, sexiness is not only about a shape. It’s about see-through,” he stated backstage talking about the focus of his new collection. “The architecture of movement,” as once cited by Mr. Balmain himself when defining dressmaking, was also present in the collection, as we discovered those beautiful proportions, cuts and perfect tailoring that gave so much sophistication to the deigns presented.
A subtle touch of fetishism blended with a futuristic approach envelops the entire Balmain spring/summer 2015 collection, brought to life through a massive usage of the see-through checkered fabric and sexy cutouts and slits revealing lots of flesh. The color palette of the collection is quite reserved and sharp, composed of lots of black and whites at times interrupted by bright yellow, red, eclectic blue shades, as well as the combination of all those tones with versatile blacks and whites for putting a color-blocked end to the show. Spring’s hot windowpane checks have been used a lot in the collection both in the versatile black-and-white combinations and in an artistic colorful manner. In line with this, we saw lots of stripes too, which again talked about the graphic geometric inspiration of the entire line.
The quite unexpected cuts and slits also take the center stage in the Balmain spring/summer 2015 collection, looking especially noteworthy on the top part of the white flowing gown opening the show, the creative white tuxedo jacket matched with classy tailored trousers, the to-die-for cropped tops and the striking black blazer revealing the black bandeau top worn underneath. Besides the elegant tuxedo jackets, we saw other signature Balmain pieces too, like those double-breasted jackets spiced up with an innovative approach.
The dresses showcased were mostly cut below-the-knee level and hugged the bodies of the models perfectly, revealing their beautiful curves (we see Kim Kardashian in every single piece demonstrated here). The tailored trousers were high-waisted and came matched with bulky belts, which also adorned most of the dresses, skirts and other two-pieces in the collection. There were also cool overalls designed in the classic and sexy style, looking so charming in their simplicity and minimalism.
The Balmain spring/summer 2015 collection also showed a beautiful play with airy transparent fabrics, as well as some subtle hints of feathers, used for designing that cool sleeveless black top, matched with the transparent skirt using woven leather. The finale of the show was bright and bold, yet the structural shapes and the futuristic feel were still preserved. We saw lots of Balmain-appropriate color-blocked stripes and checks, adorning those flowing gowns and the body-hugging skirts and dresses.
The footwear used for completing the looks was as cool and dramatic as the entire Balmain spring/summer 2015 collection. The models wore ankle-length heeled sandals, either lace-up or with interesting cuts, coming in various shades to match the outfits they were paired with. Wholly, it was a collection that impressed from the very beginning up to the end, making a big statement even with the tiniest details presented!
Photos courtesy of Vogue UK