Olivier Rousteing's second runway season for Balmain further established why he was afforded with the creative direction of the brand. One of the most noticeable structural changes compared to past collections was the introduction of the boxy and over sized jackets, which looked square in fit and fall from the back view. It's a vast change to the previous shrunken, close cut tailored jackets from seasons past. Although I'm always a fan of a fitted, classic cut, the new boxy cut has its appeal in the way it appears to be more masculine and can break through a feminine silhouette. Rousteing achieves a couture, yet effortless look which is no simple feat.
The show stopper for me, albeit absolutely impractical (for my life), was Karlie Kloss' outfit embroidered in Fabergé egg-style and shrouded by thousands of pearls and crystals. An absolutely masterpiece which took on a life of its own as she strutted the runway. It didn't go un-noticed by the fashion crowd.
Very rarely does Balmain fall within my price range, but that's not to say I can't appreciate how divine the creations are and all the tireless hours that go into each elaborately hand-worked piece. What's not to swoon over?
Photo credit: www.vogue.it (edited by me)