Balmain F/W 2013

Balmain F/W 2013

Paris: Olivier Rousteing’s latest collection for Balmain delivered the expected dose of exaggerated proportions, intricate embellishments, and serious glamour. He riffed on ideas that he had proposed in previous seasons, such as S/S 13’s broad shoulders and Pre-Fall’s harem pants. The elegant drapery was used for more than just the pants, however. It also appeared for short, tulip-shaped skirts and sexy tops. The bold shoulders became more prevalent, as well. Pads built up the shoulders of fuzzy mohair sweaters and silky tops, in addition to jackets and coats. Diamond-shaped patterns – achieved through embellishments, quilting, or jacquards – had a whiff of Art Deco, but the jewel tones and sparkly lamés evoked disco-era decadence. Rousteing used crystal chandelier earrings and gilded wrestler belts as finishing touches for his opulent offering. –Joanna Manganaro

Silhouette: Broad shoulders / Bell-shaped / Tapered / Oversized

Color:  Silver / White / Black / Gold / Magenta / Emerald / Sapphire / Amethyst

Key Items: Harem pants / Draped miniskirts / Broad-shouldered jackets / Mohair sweaters

Materials: Lamé / Jacquard / Smooth leather / Mohair yarns / Duchesse satin / Suede / Fluid silks

Print + Pattern: Diamonds

Details + Trim: Extended and/or padded shoulders / Beading / Quilting / Draping and wrapping / Peplums / Single sleeves / Keyhole necklines

Accessories + Footwear: Crystal chandelier earrings / Wide belts with hardware / Embellished clutches / Ankle boots / Pants with attached boots


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