Olivier Rousteing instead of explaining his inspiration for this new collection, he wrote a letter to his 22-year-old self when he couldn't even imagine his dreams would become true. Through it he wanted to convey one simple message: “If I made it, you can do it too.” But this wasn’t the only lesson taken from the Balmain show; who better than Rousteing to say we don’t need Kardashians, Jenners or Hadids to get attention. Rousteing delivered a wonderful collection, composed mainly of monochromatic designs in the least boring way.
Stunning Natalia Vodianova started walking through the golden room of the Opera Garnier wearing a black jumpsuit over a white cut-out shirt. Then came Natasha Poly, and later Bianca Balti, Alessandra Ambrosio and Raquel Zimmerman. The Balmain army was ready to own the runway. The colour story complemented the sequins, ribbed leather, fringing, and gold chains. Exaggerated shoulders, voluminous hips, cut-outs, clinched waists, and lots of ruffles, created the dramatic silhouettes.
Rousteing’s designs made for the Paris Opera, Les Etoiles clearly inspired the designer for this collection. The tutu vibes were there, especially on the party dresses—because anyone may feel like a ballerina; even for one night. And when we thought the naked shoe trend was dead, the designer revived it. Transparent boots with black touches were combined with almost every look—for hot days? They sure looked good, though.
What Olivier Rousteing accomplished was 80’s maximalism in all their glory; in a Balmain way, of course—and he even paid tribute to Gianni Versace on his 20th anniversary; quite touching, indeed. But as he continues to grab inspiration from those who made fashion so great and so daring, he will certainly inspire the next generation. As for now, he is one of the game changers whilst living his very own fairy tale story.
Written by JIMENA SAMPATARO
Edited by MARÍA JOSÉ GONZÁLVEZ
Photos by GERSON LIRIO