Olivier Rousteing, the new 26-year-old designer at Balmain, presented his debut collection for the legendary label at Paris Fashion Week. Rousteing's long-awaited collection for Balmain Spring 2012 perfectly mixes the already famous rock 'n' roll glam vibe with the designer's own vision.
On April 26 2011, one of the world's most famous luxury labels,
Balmain announced the appointment of Olivier Rousteing as its new
designer after his predecessor, Christophe Decarnin, was dismissed
after nearly six years as creative director. "It’s still superrich
and superglamorous. It will be an evolution," Rousteing said in a
preview, speaking about his first line for the legendary house. The
26-year-old designer continued the rock 'n' roll approach in his
debut collection for spring 2012 showcased at Paris Fashion Week, but
spicing things a little bit.
"Mixing the tailoring of Mexico and the glamour of Vegas". This is how the new Balmain collection was described. The young designer sent out a parade of fabulous clothes, showing that despite all the pressure added by the inaugural factor, he can stay true to the already famous Balmain trademark, yet adding his own vision. Rousteing confessed he wanted to revive the label's sophisticated couture roots. The models walked down the catwalk in outstanding looks and flawless silhouettes, giving a slight hint of sex appeal.
Rousteing sprinkled the runway with crystals, sequins and precious embellishments. Those amazingly elaborate embroideries and floral motifs transformed the rock 'n' roll glam ensembles into ravishing appearances. There were sexy mini dresses, big-shouldered blazers, matador jackets, button-front denim skirts, leather pants, simple white tees and shirts, stud detail shirts, and super-stylish high-waisted pants. A fantastically made collection that marks a new, fruitful start for Balmain.
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