Olivier Rousteing was definitely having a Vive le France moment during the ruminations of Balmain‘s Resort collection. Perhaps due to his collaboration with the Paris Opera to design costumes for Renaissance, or the election of Emmanuel Macron and getting to design for First Lady Brigitte Macron, or his soon-to-be-launched lipstick line with L’Oréal Paris, Rousteing is beaming with French pride.
And in the Resort 2018 Balmain collection, we saw this nationalism displayed via symbolism like Breton striping – inspired by French tapestries, and Baroque floral motifs found inlaid on French furniture, walls, doors, jewelry boxes, pretty much everything from approximately 1600-1750. And applied to the clothing today, the textures were stunning.
This collection was decidedly softer than Balmain‘s recent faire, and it had an ease to it. Of course, there was still an undisguised sensuality in bodycon macrame minis with a few ballet tutus and fringe maxis peppered in. And the color palette was the ethereal Insta-magic tones du jour of unicorn pink, blue, green, and a tinge of gold over black and white.
Tweed jackets were anything but ordinary this season, patchworked and knitted in black and white with leather, fringed silk, and studded. Covet pieces.
A nod to the American West also came by way of fringe, denim, and horse prints.
This is definitely my favorite collection by Balmain yet. Heightened craftwork and incredibly elaborate, but light and soft.