I get it! I am not sure if this is a good thing or not, but I can understand why people want to wear these clothes. They are rock em sock em in your face “hot and sexy” clothes. They shine, they glitter, they hug they announce your presence and the only prerequisite is a great body and oh yeah, a big bank account or credit line on your charge.
Olivier Rousteing has strengthened the image since he took the reins by refining the DNA rather than just perpetuating what was handed to him. The clothes looked finished and have lost that sort of off handedness that Decarnin started with when he was appointed. All of it looks new rather than pulled from the back of your closet and embellished to make it new. Mr. Rousteing even managed to fit a trend into the collection without looking like a “me too”…prints of a sort.
Studded, beaded, laser cut, printed, loose, tight, short or long and it all looks sexy. I am happy to see that this collection has not suddenly veered off its initial path which is becoming more the norm than the exception these days. Somehow this single mindedness can all translate to big business for the brand, if that is what they are after, provided the focus is never lost.
Let’s just say that if and when Balmain goes after the real money, stores like H&M, Zara and Forever 21 will have already tested the waters based on the brands original designs.
This is the last stop on the fashion train. Paris is where ideas are formed and trends begin. This is where Macy’s, H&M, Zara, Forever 21 get their inspirations for next Spring. Paris collections will also be the where the big boys like Bergdorf Goodman, Saks, Barneys, Jeffrey and Bloomingdale’s find their “designer collections “ as well their “modern and advanced” collections for this coming Spring season..