Jul 18, 2018 | By Laura Welch
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Paris: Backstage at Balmain, Olivier Rousteing spoke about “what happened in January” – referring of course to the Charlie Hebdo shootings. With this in his mind, Rousting set out to celebrate Paris as a centre for artistic freedom- referring back to the cultural richness of Paris in the 70’s and 80’s. The designer looked to the house archives of these eras, plucking out exotic prints, vivid colours and myriad of retro references. Rousteing approached the collection with a “more-is-more” attitude: High waisted plissé flares came in metallic threads and cocktail colours – nipped at the waist with extra wide belts. Yellows, greens, blacks and violet came colour blocked on knitted separates whilst disco-ready bugle bead fringe shimmied it’s way around belted bodices and mini dresses. Despite the exuberance of the collections aesthetic, Rousteing created wearable, exotic pieces to update any party-goers wardrobe. – Anna Ross
Theme: La discothèque
Key Items: Pleated palazzo pants / Beaded fringe top / Duster coat / Lace floor sweeping pants / Colour block knits / Wrap around blazer
Colour: Yellow gold / Pine green / Ultra-Violet / Fire orange / Electric blue / Moss metallic / Gold / Velvet Black
Materials and Trims: Silk / Organza / Knit Jersey / Bugle bead fridge / Satin / Velvet / Rubberised leather / Lurex / Chiffon / Lace
Print and Pattern: Colour block stripes / 80’s wallpaper / Hawaiian florals
Accessories and Footwear: Rubberised belts / Fur clutch bag / Metal toe stiletto
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