Balmain: the new king of the Paris Fashion Week. This fall be ready to fall under the disco spell that Olivier Rousteing has casted upon the fashion industry.
Today we’ll see of one of the collections that has made me fall in love the hardest these last Fashion Weeks since that Marc Jacobs collection that I still dream of. I’m talking about the dazzling, the wonderful, the absolutely stunning Balmain Fall Ready To Wear 2018 collection.
Olivier Rousteing, currently the creative designer of this fashion house, left us all astounded when he presented his collection in the last Paris Fashion Week. First of all, I leave you here the full show if you still haven’t seen it!
Some people has talk about futuristic inspiration in this collection. I personally can’t help think of the 70s and the 80s. It’s true, and more and more people can’t deny me this, disco is coming back.
I’m talking about fashion, make-up, music, just everything in the industry is retrieving (wisely) that dazzling vibe that has the power to catch our eye and our heart in way that only a disco ball can! The collection is also elegant.
Beside the silvery holographic siren soldiers, we can also see some nude and black designs that speak of silent glam and Marcel Duchamp, some Pop Art inspired creations and a lot of Yves Klein blue. Art is very present on this collection, and the fact that disco is treated as one more art (maybe the art of the 20s?) pleases me beyond what I can express with words. Arts and the disco era speak to me on so many levels that the idea of this fashion trend coming back with so many artistic references is just a dream come true.
The music at the show just confirms all this with a radiant combination of disco classics remixes, like for example Yazoo’s “Don’t Go,” A-ha’s “Take On Me,” and Kim Wilde’s “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”. And also the inmortal ‘Heart of Glass’ from Blondie in a version that seems out of a Baz Luhrmann movie and that will take your own heart. It was simply a beautiful show that simply can’t be described with enough justice.
The show can even be used as a playlist for totally glamorous inspiration and productivity. This is no lie, some friends of mine has actually done this and, no doubt, I’m hearing it right now as I write. I totally encourage you to do the same!
The Balmain collection had 92 amazing designs. For what I’ve understood from the collection, I can group the looks in four main categories:
Holographs and Sequins
Most of the looks had this disco glam feel that was the one that made me fall in love.
We can see lots of metallics, shiny fabrics, holographic sequins and translucent special effects. Silver and the holographic finish are the ones that most clearly rule these looks, though we can also find some sequins in black. One of the things that amazed me the more was some black creations with an holographic finish that I still don’t understand how it was achieved. Marvelous!
The textures combinations were infinite, the designs amazing and the colors didn’t need more than those jewels that are silver, black, holographic finishes and sequins of all sizes.
Particularly beautiful were the designs that only included black fabrics and sequins.
Nudes and Duchamp
Seeing the nude and black designs from Balmain, and seeing the artistic references that I could get from the other designs, I couldn’t help but think of Duchamp’s famous painting “Nude descending a staircase”.
These looks were one of the most elegant of the collections, highly combinable with almost any kind of accessory.
Yves Klein’s blue
Yves Klein was a french artist of the 50s and 60s identified with the neodadaist movement. He was so keen on one particular blue hue that he had a paint specifically design for him, with which he painted almost all of his works. He is also seen as an inspiration and forerunner for pop art (which is also later included in the show!) and minimalistic art.
In the collection we can see some designs with the emblematic Yves Klein blue.
Pop Art and Bright Colors
The last previous category bring us directly into the Pop Art inspiration for a lot of the designs. Using Yves Klein blue as a leif motiv, the house brought us a combination of pop art shapes and colors (main primary ones, cyan, yellow and magenta), some metallic or holographic finishes and some black ink. These designs were astounding, particularly the dresses that resembled neon designs.
All of them were really expressionist and remind me of artists like Miró or Warhol but with a much interesting twist if I have to be honest, because those artist have never been of my favorites.
Apart from these categories, there were also some sequined T-shirts, some denim blue designs that reminded even more of the 80s and some holographic nude-almost-white design, but I think those four categories summarize pretty well the collection and its inspirations.
The make-up chosen for the show was really simple. I was based on a perfect natural looking skin, enhanced subtly with make-up products like nude foundations, concealer, mascara, blushes and highlighters. The look was a no-make-up make-up look and it was achieved perfectly.
The inspiration was clearly the glow of a naturally healthy looking skin, with no imperfections, an even tone and a natural light coming through it. I think the election of the make-up look for the models was perfect because this way it let the designs shine without drawing any attention to the make-up. The hair styles were also polished but naturals, mainly long manes with part sides, but also some fringes and short hair, but generally no up-dos at all.
If you still haven’t read the article about the glow trend and you like this look, go check it out!
Here you have a selection of the details from the show and designs that I found most dazzling!
And finally, you can see some of my favorite looks from the collection in full size here.
This is it!
I must say I’m really grateful to the fashion world for this collection, I enjoy one that makes me fall in love as much as one of those movies that touches your heart in every way and that you only get the luck to find once every few years.
All in all, thank you Balmain, thank you Olivier Rusteing for restoring my faith in the industry and for giving us the gift of fashion in it maximum expression as an art. And also for reassuring me in my theory that disco is coming back!
I have no words to describe how much I love this. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I do.
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Thank you so much for being here one more day and have a wonderful day!