Balmain Ups the Ante with Couture Rock Chic for A/W’12

by Katie on March 2, 2012

It was only new boy Olivier Rousteing’s second show for Balmain yet he’s already made the global fashion world sit up and take notice. 

If there were any shows that were going to wow with shock & awe factor, this was the unexpected one to do so with its intricate beading, crushed velvet, leather and low slung pants that slouched down the catwalk and made every woman (especially this one) salivate with want; want of the look, want of the low slung considered loucheness and want of the lifestyle that would mean wearing finely crystal and pearl encrusted jeans and a fine cashmere or supple leather top. This was couture rock chic with a platinum credit card or six.
There was a sexy and provocative power to this – Rousteing managed to both overdo the Faberge egg, maximal, Lesage beading yet balance this trend luxe with an indie cool edge that wasn’t contrived, just loaded with in your face wow factor. 

Needlepoint beaded sweatshirts (that must weigh a ton) paired with simple, long, black trousers, boxy velvet jackets with large shoulders and large gilt buttons teamed with sexy black leather skirts, ‘the’  most covetable boxy black tuxedo jacket with rolled up sleeves, a to-die-for petrol coloured shirt jacket, skin tight and worn with matching panne velvet trousers and black, pearl encrusted tuxedo suits could all be on most women’s shopping list if she suddenly inherited a billionaire’s lifestyle. 
There were inklings of Tom Ford in his early Gucci days and the strength of his vision to come. Yes, Rousteing may have pushed too far on the taste factor at times with fully beaded mini dresses and skirts but these will, no doubt, be the first choice of a ‘non-Balmain’ model minted consumer.
Unfortunately, as life often pans out, this collection may end up being worn by those with shed loads of new money but only a smattering of taste, and taste above all, along with inherent style, long limbs and slim hips is what’s needed for Balmain’s look to rock the max factor. Oh, for a Euromillions win.

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