I’m pondering the chicken and the egg scenario. Who came first – Balmain‘s over-the-top sensual celebration of the curve, which Kim Kardashian gravitated to, or Kim Kardashian’s creation of the trend, inspiring Balmain to jump in 100%? Time makes the memory fuzzy, but I do know one thing – it was difficult to look at Balmain‘s Fall 16 RTW collection and see anything other than looks intended for the Kardashian Klan.Kendall Jenner in Balmain - Monica Feudi - Indigital.jpg

 

The runway was a who’s who of the modeling industry, with Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Lily Donaldson, Alessandra Ambrosio, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Karlie Kloss wearing the Kim K. inspired outfits.

Lily Donaldson in Balmain - Monica Feudi - Indigital
Lily Donaldson in Balmain – Monica Feudi – Indigital

 

Karlie Kloss in Balmain - Monica Feudi - Indigital
Karlie Kloss in Balmain – Monica Feudi – Indigital

 

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The looks were monochromatic, but far from simple. Layers, striping, and juxtaposed textures created depth. The silhouettes were over-exaggerated hourglasses with corsets, metallic waist-cinching belts, and squared off shoulders. Short skirts were paired with suede thigh boots, and pants were skin tight and barely there. Fringe panels and structured capes accentuated the curvy movement.

Ysaunny Brito in Balmain - Monica Feudi - Indigital

 

Binx Walton in Balmain - Monica Feudi - Indigital

 



And if there was any doubt, Olivier Rousteing explained that curves are important today, “because the women of today are really curvy, and they’re an inspiration, like hip-hop stars, reality stars.” You had me until reality stars being an inspiration. Still, it’s clear the connection Rousteing is making, and the Kardashian-Jenner group will surely be spotted wearing many of these looks.

 

Josephine Skriver in Balmain - Monica Feudi - Indigital1

 

Risking the fact that my husband may file divorce papers if I admit this, but despite the over-indulgence of our society into all the Kardashians (don’t) stand for, I really like the collection. It’s impeccable, but creative…and incredibly chic.

 

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  1. I also have no love at all for the Kardashians, no interest even–but this collection is amazing, and it doesn’t hurt to be able to visualize it being worn by someone with curves instead of someone entirely devoid of them…

  2. love the fact that someone is observing how women are made 🙂 Really struggle with honoring further the reality stars and their messy lives…

    • Absolutely – And I don’t agree with the “waist training” with the Kardashian corsets, but I love the celebration of women who are above a size 0!

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