Balmain Spring 2019 Ready To Wear Collection

We all remember the latest Balmain collection.

A dream of holographic neon dreams embodied into metallic elegance. It was one of my favorite fashion shows ever, along with the Spring Summer 2016 collection from Marc Jacobs or the legendary tribute that Versace made to its own creator in 2018. Olivier Rousteig channeled all of french glamour into a disco heaven and the illusion dazzled among us for months. The amazing trend breathed through funky music and synthesizers and started to evolve. And again for the new season, in the latest Paris Fashion week on September, he brought us a new show were his vision became alive again.

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Olivier and Balmain

Olivier Rousteig has that ability that not everybody will consider something positive but that is actually quite effective in the crafting of a fashion concept. He knows what to capture from each trend that is brought on by every creator and collective, and makes his on tribute to it in his collections.

Also I think that if the previous Spring Summer collection and the Fall Winter 2018 one were a little bit more disconnected between them, this one is a perfect follow up of the latest collection. You can clearly see that holographic disco dream evolving into more light textures, softer colors and more translucent or transparent crystal like creations. He manages to almost fit both collection into one unique season-evolving work of art, the year of the glam.
Since this is I think a really remarkable characteristic of this collection – its deep relation with the previous one – I’m going to pose this article a little bit differently. Not only this collection seems like an evolution of the previous one, but within it the different concepts seem a lot more related to each other, and you can see the contrasting inspirations blend into each other in a carousel of perfectly matching influences.

But first of all and as always, let’s appreciate the show itself in its full glory and then we’ll proceed to discuss the more iconic pieces of this astounding collection.
Enjoy!

The Fashion Show

The 28th of September 2018 at 11:30 a.m. local time, took place the presentation of the Balmain Spring Ready-To-Wear 2019 collection during the Paris Fashion Week.

As always, the elegant and minimalist staging, in that beautiful and already known to all lounge that breathes of Versailles influence with its mirrors, columns and chandeliers, was the key to presenting this collection in a perfect way, where each item is a work of art itself from which you can’t take your eyes off.

Let’s dive into the Parisian chic magic of this incredible show.

The Looks and Inspirations

The show opens up with a fierce entrance by Cara Delevingne, who I must say it’s not of my favorite models but does an amazing job here at starting the show lip syncing to the amazing ‘When Doves Cry‘ by Prince, that started before the show in its cover version by Quindon Tarver . I’m not a big fan of hers but I’m definitely a fan of spectacle and attitude and this moment set ups the mood for the whole show majestically. Her outfit its the pure embodiment of her attitude, an armored metallic top that we’ll see different versions of during the show and man suit cut dream of white satin that flows behind her as a royal cape. The outrageous femininity of the Balmain army is at its peak from the moment the show starts.

Iridescence and White

The first row of creations are an ode to white in all its possible textures and shapes. We see flowing satin, transparencies, and geometric constructions and patterns that either fit the body’s figure or create and entire different volume itself. Where we had a bold and dark holographic statement in the last collection, we have here the luminosity of iridescence.

Metallic finishes are also present in accessories and garments, always in silvery or cold shades that compliment perfectly the purity and versatility of white. Also we can see some asymmetric designs that combine the impression of more than one cut or texture at the same time.

Egypt and Paris

Then the show develops into a tribute to the Egyptian civilization. This will come in the form of marbled patterns, over black and white grays that remind of the stones used for their monumental constructions, also using different finishes to embellish the pieces. Later on, this influence will become as clear as hieroglyphics patterns over more classic textures like cotton or wool, may I say I guess even linen to carry the tribute to the next level, as ‘Another One Bites the Dust‘ by Queen starts playing.

Here we may quote what Olivier Rousteig himself said about this collection:

“It’s Paris meets Egypt, because every morning when I wake up I see the Obélisque on La Concorde, and the Pyramide du Louvre… I think it’s really important to mention that so much of the beauty of Paris is in its history, and its history is not only what we call French.”

Denim Armor

Denim makes it first appearance on the show accompanied by more of these iconic armors that also remind of a Cleopatra inspired aesthetic. The pointy shoulder pads keep plaguing the designs, making a bold statement of power and elegance.

The denim appears washed out, torn and worn out, combining it with some polished pieces of a meticulously treated finish, like gauze or sequins. I’m particularly fond of the use of super light, almost white denim that appears strategically bleached, specially in a jacket that you can see below and that is one of my favorite pieces of the whole collection.

Nudes and Pastels

After a brief interlude of white, the nude colors start to appear with different textures and effects. The shades chosen are much more powdery and blushed that the ones of the last collection, giving a more appropriate feeling for spring. Reflecting garments and soft finishes like velvety textures and leather are all over these pieces, playing with gradients of tones and fabrics to put together the most elegant looks of the collection.

The nude shades then blend into pastel colors that still say ‘Balmain’ with every inch of its geometry. Where we had neons over black for the past fall, we have now a delightful combination of minty greens, pale pinks, salmons and washed out blues, that once again are combined with denim and with the metallic accessories that are always the leif motiv of Olivier Rousteig collections.

For me, this metallic obsession becomes specially appealing when it’s in the form wonderfully reflecting and dazzling shattered mirror form, sometimes achieving the category of angelic disco ball armor. The beauty of these pieces is simply astonishing.

Geometric Classicism

After that the collection arrives to a point where it retrieves the most classical lines of fashion. Pieces in fabrics that remind those of the most classic Chanel designs, in simple but elegant black and white. Anyhow, in spite of this classical inspiration, the shapes and cuts of the pieces adopt one more time the characteristic geometry of Olivier Rousteig designs, going back from time to time to this ethereal concept of asymmetry.

The most remarkable designs of this row are for me these two below, where we can see the now almost traditional Balmain dress cut in intricate patterns that remind of empty 3D spaces and models.

Structure and Texture

To end the show, the black and white line of creation keeps being expanded and developed into multiple different designs and pieces that use the combination of textures and finishes to achieve an elegant but transgressive visual impact.

Playing around with this concepts, always faithful to his style, the collection and the show is finished impeccably.

Bravo!

Details

Here we can see the details of the designs more closely.

Plastic garments such as the original handbags and high heeled shoes are present all through the collection, often combined with metallic finishes, crystals and synthetic transparencies.

Beauty

To draw attention to the impressive creations, the beauty department behind Balmain’s show chose once again a very clean and polished makeup for the models. The idea is to achieve a perfectly flawless and natural looking skin full of youth and health, with very subtle colors that create almost a no-makeup makeup look that let the outfits shine through.

The same concept is applied to the hair, were you can see it is almost always polished pulled back or left to naturally flow around in a side parting, not to steal the thunder from the collection.

All our attention is drawn to the fashion creations in a masterfully way.

And that is all for now!

I really hope you enjoyed this collection and that you can take some inspiration from it for next spring. I personally enjoy a lot that Olivier Rousteig chose to expand the disco inspiration that he followed in his last collection with a lighter and brighter twist in this one. I expect

Stay tuned for more articles really soon!

Lots of love.

Versace Tribute Collection: Spring Ready-To-Wear 2018

An article about the Tribute collection from Versace on last fall’s Fashion week has been on my drafts since September. Now that I’m watching the American Crime Story season about the assassination of Gianni Versace, this has all come back to me along with a huge intensification of my crush on Versace.

Writing about collections has been a recurring idea on my mind since I wrote the article about the Balmain Ready To Wear Fall 2018 collection and fashion show. I just love watching the shows and understanding the collections as the work of art they are, and this one from Versace specially honors that idea.

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Let’s talk a bit about the tribute collection and the brand first.

The tribute

Gianni Versace last collection was presented on July 1997, just before his murder. After that, the management of the company passed along to their siblings, the famous icon Donatella and his brother Santo. Though actually the half of the company was inherited according to his will by his niece Allegra Beck, Donatella’s daughter, she has never been really fond of being associated with the place that Versace occupies among the greatest fashion houses of all time.

On last fall’s Fashion Week at Milan, Versace presented a tribute collection that Donatella specially meant to honor his brother on the 20th anniversary of his passing away.

When I saw the collection, I was in one word, astounded. At the moment I didn’t know how much it was actually a deeply inspired in Gianni’s vision and designs, but after researching a bit I was amazed beyond words. You know that I have a thing for the 90s, 80s, 70s and probably every decade that I didn’t get the chance to live in. But the love and the dedication with which this collection honored those times and the concept of fashion that was held then, is one that I truly never saw before.

The vision

Gianni Versace’s vision of clothes was that they had to make the person who was wearing them feel happy. Fashion was his passion and he designed every item with a love and dedication that reflected his tender craftsman heart. He started out with a little boutique and he grew his company from scratch, basing everything in this idea he had that women were goddesses and their looks should reflect that nature to make them justice because they were born to shine. The first time he designed a dress, it was for his sister Donatella, who he loved with all his heart, and on one occasion he said that probably he still designed every item with her in his mind. Family was the most important thing for him, and his love for fashion came probably since he was born from his mother Francesca, who owned a tiny workshop where her son help her sew and sketch patterns.

Versace was not only a man, but a family of traditions and love, which now makes perfect sense with the will of Donatella of honoring his lost brother now, twenty years after. The man who was vogue.

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Let’s dive deep into this collection now, one of my favorites of the last year, and certainly the most touching and were I can see more passion. Donatella has consecrated herself as one of the greatest here, in the fashion history and in my heart as well.

Fashion is about love, that was his brother’s vision, and that she channeled in an impeccable way.

The show

If you haven’t watched this show, I’m not recommending it to you, I’m saying you MUST watch it right now if you love fashion and you consider it an art. Furthermore, if you consider that life and love is a thing to be celebrated, this show is something that won’t leave you indifferent even if you don’t like this house style.

Just dim the lights, grab your headphones, set the video to 1080p and get ready for the greatest tribute ever made to a fashion designer, to a creator, and an artist.

 

What can I say after that.
You have heard her talked about him and you have seen the mastery with which she captured a whole era and a soul in a collection. His passion, his vision, her love for him, the love of the world for him, his place in history, his role in fashion, his muses, the woman. His spirit. Everything was there. She made history.

Hats off.

The looks

Now let’s see some of my favorite looks, ones that will stay in my heart forever and that in my opinion, will last forever in fashion history.

And these two, which are the best looks in my opinion and that were both worn by Grace Hartzel:

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The inspiration

Finally, the greatest part of this tribute collection: the way it honored the past. Let’s see how Gianni’s designs inspired many of the looks in this collection, and let’s just be amazed at the love with which this was made. Tribute is a word that came alive with this collection.

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And this is all for today!

I hope you loved this collection as much as me.

I will probably be writing about other one soon so tell me if you like the idea!
Lots of love.

Glow: The 2018 Trend

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This 2018 the glow trend is not going to allow to be moved from its throne. One more year, we find that a luminous, dewy and youthful skin with touches of strobing is still the most wanted look, in and out of red carpets and runways. It’s that shine that lets light come through your skin and that totally gives you that ‘healthy glow’ ‘I don’t need make-up’ effect.

What is the glow?

First, it came the contouring, enhancing your features by using make-up products to strategically darken your face in the areas that suit your bone structure better to achieve a more sophisticated look. Then, it came the strobing, where you did the exact opposite thing: highlight your face in the areas where light would naturally hit your features to make them look more defined, giving your whole look an ethereal, fairy-like appearence that boosted your face structure in a much more dreamy, elegant way than contouring.

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Now, the glow has taken it to the next level. Instead of taking care of just some areas of your features, its purpose is to give your whole face a radiant look, mixing make-up products with efficient cosmetics to make your skin shine like it was naturally that luminous. The result is a dewy finish that gives the impression that you don’t need to wear, and even that you are in fact not wearing, any make-up. The skin looks healthy, shining, enhaced and ready to bite!

How to achieve it?

Make-up brands and cosmetic houses are starting to launch specific products that are formulated to give you this glow look, but you can also use a few tips and tricks to achieve it without having to buy any of these (or to see if you like how it looks on you before buying them!). You can use other products that you already have in your make-up stash, pay attention!

  • Applying foundation with some liquid highlighter: Liquid options of luminizers like L’Oreal Liquid Highlighter can be mixed with your foundation to give to your complexion that extra glowy look. If your foundation alone seem a bit dull, don’t hesitate to mix it with a drop or two of your favorite liquid highlighter. Mix it well before applying it to your face (I recommend using a sponge or a beauty blender). Also, you can apply these drops directly to your face in specific points and then proceed to blend it all out while you apply your foundation. Girl meets Pearl from Benefit work wonders too with this method!

 

  • Mixing your favorite BB cream with some moisturizer: If you already have a naturally dewy skin, why cover it up? Most of the time our skin looks healthier without make-up than with a full face of foundation and powder. This effect can look cakey and make you look older, so if you only want to boost your skin tone a little bit, mix your favorite BB cream with a moisturizer or primer that promotes healthy looking skin and you are good to go! You can always top it up with a little highlighter if you want that extra sparkle on your look.

 

  • Using just primer and cream highlighter: If you already have a primer that makes your skin look superb, don’t lose this effect under layers of make-up. When using very few products on your face I always recommend using liquid or cream form highlighter, since I think that the powder one looks best on top of a full face of make-up while it can look a little ‘fake’ and ‘overdone’ on a natural looking skin. After your moisturizer, just prime your face (use one that reduces pores or redness and you’ll be looking fabulous) and then highlight your features with some cream highlighter. Blend it well with your fingers and work it onto the primer to make it look like the shine comes right through your skin.

 

  • Mixing your moisturizer with liquid highlighter: As you can see it’s all about the mixing. Liquid highlighter is as versatile as that. If your moisturizer is one that leaves your skin so healthy looking that you don’t need make-up at all, mix it with some liquid highlighter and apply it as you normally would. The glow is guaranteed, just don’t exceed yourself with adding the highlighter! If you want to perk it up a little you can add some more highlighter to strategic points of your face and use some concealer to cover your dark circles. You’ll never look as youthful and natural!

Specific Products

If you have tried the trend and you’ve fallen in love, here you have some products specifically designed to achieve it:

  • Extra Glow Skincare Palette from Bobbi Brown
  • S.O.S Primer Booste l’éclat from Clarins
  • Météorites Heart Shape from Guerlain
  • Strobe Cream from M.A.C.
  • Wash+Glow Cleanser from NIA

The Extra Tip

Always remember to use sunscreen, that protects your skin from getting wrinkles and dark spots sooner than you should (and obviously protects you against some serious skin problems). The key to this look is health and youth so search for a good sunscreen and start applying it every day if you are not already doing it. Yes, every day! Also, if your BB cream or usual moisturizer already has sunscreen on it, congratulations, you hit jackpot.

So this is it, I really hope you enjoyed this and you try the methods I shared if you like the ‘glow’ look! Do you think this is a trend that will last?
Share your opinions and looks!

Purple Rain: New Regal Hue

Purple is the new black.
Step aside, blue, red and green, the new basic color for elegance is this iconic and unique blend.

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Autumn and winter are all about elegance and luxury.

No matter what your style is, the cold always suits our looks since it allows all of us to mix and match beyond our greatest fantasies. Deep hues, rich textures, precious metals and stones, black leather, polished make-up and perfect haircuts are some of the basic features of the beauty of autumn and winter fashion.
And today one of those deep hues is the star: purple.

Purple is conquering the world of fashion. Not just in street fashion or couture, but also make-up, cosmetics, arts and design. It is the perfect union of fantasy and royalty, the naive vibe of dreams and folktales and the sultry elegance of the old continent. Its versatility also covers the new century and its neon glow: techno, glam rock and the holographic wave all over. Purple is like a sci-fi fairy tale, classicism meets disco. Welcome to the purple reign.

The connection of purple color with luxury comes from far back in history.

Traditionally, it was only worn by royalty, aristocracy and members of the Church, due to the cost of purple dyes and therefore, clothing of this color. In the nineteenth century the shade mauve was created while a chemistry student tried to make synthetic quinine, which became fashionable after Queen Victoria wore a gown of this color. Shortly after this, the industrial production of some purple dyes finally settled its place among arts and fashion, managing to reach all social classes. At the end of the century, this color became then really popular among painters, like Pre-Raphaelites and later, Gustav Klimt.

Finally, in the 20th century, the oneiric quality of the color was achieved during the 60s, 70s and 80s.
During the first two decades, it became associated with psychedelics and musicians, as well as with counterculture. Some examples are Jimi Hendrix, with his song Purple Haze from 1967, or Deep Purple, the popular English rock band which formed in 1968. In the 80s, the color appeared in the song and album by Prince, Purple Rain (1984). In pop culture, it soon was one of the favorite colors for video games, still nowadays.

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  • This particular hue was in Pantone’s Fashion Color Report for Fall 2016.

Couture

Winter is almost upon us and with its regal trend the use of purple in fashion collections is reaching a peak. It is being seen specially in rich textures like brocades, suede, lace, patterns and precious metals embroideries.

Beauty



Make-up and hair have also jumped into the bandwagon. Special effects are the key to this trend, metallic finishes and glitter rule over minimalist or matte looks. Holographic hues that turn to blue, pink or teal are also really popular.

Arts

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  • Production Stills from ESU, by Be Steadwell (2013), Janelle Bowe

The union between magenta and cyan, the two colors most used in artistic direction of movies right now, purple symbolizes uniqueness and infinite possibilities. It contains everything and at the same time can mean emptiness. The alpha and the omega.