Since taking the creative director reins at Balmain in 2011, Olivier Rousteing has presented collection after collection that seamlessly melds the maison’s heritage with modern-day panache. Baroque embroideries, utilitarian influences, and military details are deftly infused into each season’s offerings, with colors, silhouettes, and styling evolving to mirror the trends and predict the cultural zeitgeist. The recent warp speed at which technology is developing has proven to be an inspirational touchpoint for Rousteing that’s visible in the label’s clothing and accessories, as well as the way in which they’re presented.
39" Slick wool wrap coat with exaggerated collar and tie belt
Adjustable button closure
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Full Length Mink Fur Coat with Shawl Collar & Bracelet Cuffs (Demi Buff, XS)
“There’s a futuristic approach to all of his runway shows,” says stylist Cassie Anderson. “Olivier plays with technical fabrics, screen printing, elaborate layering, and sleek eyewear.”He also loves bright colors and bold accessories. For Pre-Fall 2022, houndstooth separates are fashioned in video game-esque neon green, and while the house’s signature embroidered dresses are marked by details in bright lime and electric pink. Anderson also notes that there are “1980’s silhouettes with hints of body armor and corsetry, as well as a mixing of textures—from patchwork and lace to beading.”
Balmain 1945 bag is one of the pieces that ties the techno-tinged aesthetic together. Fashioned by Rousteing in jacquard and soft leather, the label’s instantly-iconic style comes in a spate of shapes and sizes, designed to be worn on the shoulder, across the body, or as a clutch. In black and embellished with pearls, the Balmain 1945 adds a sophisticated touch to body-hugging mini dresses; it’s a maximalist’s dream when paired with an intricately-beaded jacket.
Faux leather neon styles with chain straps, plaque-like clasps and engraved with “Balmain Paris 1945,” point to Rousteing’s expert melding of past, present, and future. For a bold color, wear one with a monochromatic Balmain gown or add it to a stunning ensemble. At Rousteing’s Balmain, there are no rules.