March 2, 2012

Couture Accents In The Balmain Collection

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Holding the creative reins for the second season, Olivier Rousteing has created for Balmain‘s Fall/Winter 2012-2013 season an impressive collection, with an effortless couture edge.

There were the usual elegant and refined hand-crafted pieces, but Rousteing’s arrival brought in a dose of innovation and freshness.

Floral embroidery, quilted pieces, pearl appliqués, gold-thread embroidery and, the key element of the collection, an embroidery reminiscent of Fabergé eggs – all coming together to form a series of sophisticated and refined looks, along with a couple of more somber yet still sexy pieces, like leather pants, moto jackets and slim pants.

Dresses were of course present as well in the show, with their sculpted, pointy shoulders, and this season, their sensuality was doubled by detailed appliqués, like the floral cameo or a cascade of pearls.

The Balmain jacket, a key piece in all of the brand’s collections made an appearance, as usual, in the show. The famous garment, the House’s signature piece, has been reinterpreted. Instead of the tight silhouette, the designer has chosen to go with a straighter line, giving the jacket an almost boxy allure. To balance the look, the jackets were paired with fluid pieces, like velvet trousers.

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