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Olivier Rousteing and Balmain army stun during PFW

Balmain’s soldiers in couture


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The Balmain army exceeded expectations during Paris Fashion Week with the menswear Fall/Winter 2018 collection. The collection redefined glossy, PVC garments as the fashion house exhibited creativity through trench coats and layering.

Just when it seems the fashion house couldn’t get more powerful, creative director Olivier Rousteing brought light to a revolution in a world of constant expectations to continuously create. The fashion show’s concept was to focus on survival, incorporating accessories like thick straps and olive green backpacks.

The collection consisted of 98 designs, including womenswear, which the brand usually uses to define empowerment.

Rousteing kept it traditional, designing most of the pieces with army and olive green touches to contrast against dark and black tones. The transparency from his spring collection seemed to be a perfect fit for menswear as well. Rousteing unveiled transparent jackets and coats, paired with patent vinyl leather pants. The traditional buttons were on several jackets, including an olive green hoodie-jacket with fur detailing. Rousteing used graphic tees under clear, PVC jackets to depict a French retro vibe.

The collection consisted of many pieces dedicated to business aesthetics, showing blazers in various designs and sizes. From padded shoulders to cardigan-styles, Rousteing incorporated sequins to most of the blazers alongside glossy trench coats. Motor inspired jackets in khaki and olive green tones were displayed as well. Through his ensembles, Rousteing exhibited his natural ability to create pieces with impactful messages.

Continue reading: Designer Spotlight: Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing



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