Balmain: The dream of the never-ending summer
Buyers just can’t get enough of Olivier Rousteing’s body-con (re: Kardashian) creations for Balmain. And his latest collection for Resort 2019 touts a whopping 900 pieces in an effort to accessibly deliver to the global millennial market. This one centered around an endless summer, something many of us dream of, displayed in Instagram-like filtered images of an almost fantasy of girl glam.
She’s a peacock with electric feathers
The signature Kardashian-like bodycon mini dresses are here in droves, and this time in peacockish shiny foil in ultra-marine blue and rainbow shades. There were also 3-dimensional mosaic tiles in fantastic holograph finishes mimicking ornate Venetian floors. These alone would entirely make the collection covet-worthy.
Summer sunsets, and sunsets…and sunsets
Of course, the trend of the season made its way in, with 1980’s style sunsets on everything under the sun (eehhhh?) – bombers, bell bottoms (yes, they’re here), mini dresses, those sexy over-the-knee boots, denim, all of it. And lest we forget the glam, much of it came by way of sequins.
Set sail as the marinière
The marinière has once again been celebrated in the Balmain collection – seemingly a favorite in the house code. And here, the pieces became relatively laid back with cozy sweaters and crop tops, a jumpsuit, jackets, and kimonos – some in shredded tweed.
Resort or reaching couture?
It all speaks to Rousteing’s more, more, more outlook of infusing energetic life into the Balmain brand. The collection is certainly far from a snore. The use of incredible materials like wood tiles, mirrored mosaics, pearl and bead embroideries, and glass tiles are applied to create tactile patterns over straight hot silhouettes could as well have come from couture. And that’s what makes Balmain so sought after right now.