Designer Olivier Rousteing was inspired to decorate his clothes with tiny seed pearls and plush embroidery because of a Fabergé egg (specifically, the Fabergé egg that Richard Burton gave to Elizabeth Taylor). Square cut jackets and skinny trousers were elevated to couture levels by their intensely crafted embellishments. As stripes appear to race over the surface of the clothes, a closer inspection reveals that they are the result of hand-sewn pearls, paved onto the trousers and mini-dresses with painstaking care. Embroidered velvet in a relaxed, slouchy fit created a cool silhouette on the Balmain runway. Luxe leather vests and tops, and quilted jackets comprised several of the latter looks. Though the touchstone for this collection is a memento from a doomed dynasty, this collection establishes Balmain’s new reign over the French fashion scene.
written by GRACE GORDON|photos: courtesy of GoRunway
-March 3, 2012
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