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BalmainSpring Summer 2015 Paris

Runway Review
9/25/2014 Faith Cummings/fashionwirepress.com

There is nothing wrong with high-octane sultriness according to Olivier Rousteing. Sexy looks were aplenty on Balmain's Spring 2015 runway: the kind of ensembles that the iconic French fashion house's fans including Rihanna and Kim Kardashian cannot get enough of. Ironically enough, Rousteing pulled inspiration from the aforementioned Bajan superstar for the collection - a photo of her in one of the brand's sheer tops at their Fall 2014 afterparty influenced the designs. The offerings were a modern study in seduction: its energy and the elevation and accentuation of the female form to be exact.

Diaphanous fabrics and bare flesh were presented right out of the gate with a floor-grazing look on Riley Montana, complete with a plunging neckline and bandeau. The beauty look was kept fresh and natural to let the ensembles play centerstage.

A geometric flair was lent with grid formations on functional knits, not-so-functional see-through pencil skirts, eye-catching yellow and black zip-front pieces, and transparent tops that left very little to the imagination. A pair of expertly-tailored trousers on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was one of the most practical pieces in the collection and a long-sleeve, form-fitting dress that zipped all the way up the front was cocktail-party ready, aside from it not being the most flattering for anyone besides a tall and slender model. It was about daring and pictorial moments here for that quintessential Balmain aesthetic that teetered between the '80s and '90s.

Classic stripes were given a sultry spin on transparent trousers, surprisingly office-appropriate pencil skirts in the classic combination of black and white, a long-sleeve sheer top in sequins, and a colorful vest and trouser pairing that was impossible to miss and totally irresistible. A long-sleeve mini dress that combined the multi-hued pattern with the grid print will surely show up on some leggy Hollywood starlet in a few months time. Rousteing brought it all to fruition quite well, though it was not an easy feat.

Suiting was a mix of Studio 54 chic and '90s glam with sexy cutout detailing, longer line blazers, and flare trousers: not the kind of look one could (nor should) wear to work but the kind that makes for a statement-making, menswear-inspired red carpet getup. A zip-front vest was molded like a bodice for a feminine touch and a navy boxy number with red trim presented itself as a new classic with its angular lapels and matching fiery trousers as complements.

Crystal embellishment and sequins continued that '70s chic moment on a figure-skimming halter jumpsuit, grid and cutout long-sleeve top, an illusion halter dress, and a black grid cutout top. Bare legs spoke to a seasonal necessity with hot pants, all anchored by leather cage sandals.

A Balmain collection wouldn't be complete without leather thus Rousteing utilized the edgy texture on cutout detailed halter tops, wide waist-cinching belts, wearable high-waist flares, PVC-hem mini skirts, and an oversized cap-sleeved coat. A high-waist mini with patent accents was not at all for the faint of heart, while a long-sleeve crop top and high-waist pencil skirt pairing was on-trend with fashion's current penchant for sets.

Rousteing did what he does best: cater to the svelte and high-fashion international crowd who loves their fashion bold and their silhouettes body-conscious. It's always a good time when he's at the design helm, but it would be great to see him branch out and start to balance that youthful sultriness with looks for the everyday, sartorially-savvy woman. Young women don't stay that way forever and we can't all be Anna Dello Russo, thus it's time the fashion house started indulging both the young and hot set and the more mature group: a great way to ensure that the brand continues its legacy of timelessness.

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9/25/2014 Faith Cummings/fashionwirepress.com

There is nothing wrong with high-octane sultriness according to Olivier Rousteing. Sexy looks were aplenty on Balmain's Spring 2015 runway: the kind of ensembles that the iconic French fashion house's fans including Rihanna and Kim Kardashian cannot get enough of. Ironically enough, Rousteing pulled inspiration from the aforementioned Bajan superstar for the collection - a photo of her in one of the brand's sheer tops at their Fall 2014 afterparty influenced the designs. The offerings were a modern study in seduction: its energy and the elevation and accentuation of the female form to be exact.

Diaphanous fabrics and bare flesh were presented right out of the gate with a floor-grazing look on Riley Montana, complete with a plunging neckline and bandeau. The beauty look was kept fresh and natural to let the ensembles play centerstage.

A geometric flair was lent with grid formations on functional knits, not-so-functional see-through pencil skirts, eye-catching yellow and black zip-front pieces, and transparent tops that left very little to the imagination. A pair of expertly-tailored trousers on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was one of the most practical pieces in the collection and a long-sleeve, form-fitting dress that zipped all the way up the front was cocktail-party ready, aside from it not being the most flattering for anyone besides a tall and slender model. It was about daring and pictorial moments here for that quintessential Balmain aesthetic that teetered between the '80s and '90s.

Classic stripes were given a sultry spin on transparent trousers, surprisingly office-appropriate pencil skirts in the classic combination of black and white, a long-sleeve sheer top in sequins, and a colorful vest and trouser pairing that was impossible to miss and totally irresistible. A long-sleeve mini dress that combined the multi-hued pattern with the grid print will surely show up on some leggy Hollywood starlet in a few months time. Rousteing brought it all to fruition quite well, though it was not an easy feat.

Suiting was a mix of Studio 54 chic and '90s glam with sexy cutout detailing, longer line blazers, and flare trousers: not the kind of look one could (nor should) wear to work but the kind that makes for a statement-making, menswear-inspired red carpet getup. A zip-front vest was molded like a bodice for a feminine touch and a navy boxy number with red trim presented itself as a new classic with its angular lapels and matching fiery trousers as complements.

Crystal embellishment and sequins continued that '70s chic moment on a figure-skimming halter jumpsuit, grid and cutout long-sleeve top, an illusion halter dress, and a black grid cutout top. Bare legs spoke to a seasonal necessity with hot pants, all anchored by leather cage sandals.

A Balmain collection wouldn't be complete without leather thus Rousteing utilized the edgy texture on cutout detailed halter tops, wide waist-cinching belts, wearable high-waist flares, PVC-hem mini skirts, and an oversized cap-sleeved coat. A high-waist mini with patent accents was not at all for the faint of heart, while a long-sleeve crop top and high-waist pencil skirt pairing was on-trend with fashion's current penchant for sets.

Rousteing did what he does best: cater to the svelte and high-fashion international crowd who loves their fashion bold and their silhouettes body-conscious. It's always a good time when he's at the design helm, but it would be great to see him branch out and start to balance that youthful sultriness with looks for the everyday, sartorially-savvy woman. Young women don't stay that way forever and we can't all be Anna Dello Russo, thus it's time the fashion house started indulging both the young and hot set and the more mature group: a great way to ensure that the brand continues its legacy of timelessness.


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