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