Balmain Spring 2013

Bold and graphic was the key to Olivier Rousteing’s Spring 2013 collection for Balmain.

The highly bedazzled pieces the house is known for were replaced somewhat by bright harlequin patterns plus heavy crocheted and embroidered pieces.

Oliver was inspired by Cuba and its ‘Latin sensuality’, but I have a feeling he was also inspired by Dynasty’s Krystle Carrington and Alexis Colby-Carrington judging by the shoulder pads which were bold, supersized and wide.

Linebacker wide, which will look great in editorials, on the models who wear Balmain religiously off-duty and the editors who borrow the pieces from their office closet.

Anna Dello Russo will of course rock the hell out of this collection, but will celebs be snapping up these bold shouldered pieces for the red carpet?

Time will tell. Whoever she is, she will be a type who likes to take risks.

Crop-tops, leather pants, matador style-jackets, mini-dresses, fitted pants, leather jackets, and a selection of denim pieces took to the runway.

Key accessories included oversized belts, perforated open-toe booties, patent pumps and harlequin cut-out ankle boots.

Front Row: Dree Hemingway, Anna Dello Russo, Rachel Zoe and Anna Wintour

Favourites: Tuxedo jacket with leather pants and white halter crop top and leather pants

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Anna Dello Russo, Fan Bingbing, January Jones, Diane Kruger, Zoe Saldana and Lady Gaga


Jenna Dewan-Tatum's Alice + Olivia Willa Leather & Silk Top And Alice + Olivia Whitney Tweed Skirt

Jenna Dewan-Tatum’s Alice + Olivia Willa Leather & Silk Top And Alice + Olivia Whitney Tweed Skirt

Cheryl Cole In Balenciaga - C London

Cheryl Cole In Balenciaga – C London

4 Responses to Balmain Spring 2013

  1. EmmaWoodhouse October 4, 2012 at 00:51 #

    This is definitely boxy and ’80s as others have said, and none of it is really my style. That said, I will be plenty happy when Zoe or Diane makes one of these pieces their own 😀

  2. pipsqueak October 2, 2012 at 03:00 #

    I think this collection is a tad to boxy on top and too busy with the embroidery or prints. The designer could’ve taken his inspiration less literally and learned to edit more.

  3. Dhppy October 2, 2012 at 01:12 #

    This was one of the worst collections I have perused this season. It’s like an 80’s parody of European fashion. I can’t imagine anyone wearing this without major modifications: reducing the shoulders, scraping off sequins, and removing anything reminiscent of a harlequin.

  4. Christine October 1, 2012 at 14:42 #

    Can’t wait to see Zoe Saldana rocking a look or three from this collection 😀

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