Saturday, January 23, 2016

Balmain fall 2016 paris



Anyone who reads my reviews knows that I am all about who wears this stuff and salability and appeal. Well, today it is who cares? Rousteing is a designer. The clothes are impactful. The clothes are actually a collection and not some random assemblage of clothes. He actually makes a statement without any blah blah blah ... no explanation needed. He takes you on a journey ... fantastical and over the top as it may be.
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That being said, my peeves with the collection are few; one of them being those dropped crotch pants and the other is that some editing might have benefited the overall presentation. I’m done so moving along let’s get to it…

 
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There are few jackets shapes that weren’t covered whether they be standard bombers, pea coats, tail coats, waiters jackets, military wear or matador jackets, yes Rousteing is the king or prince of bullion, braid and brass buttons but it’s not whim, it is part of his reimagined Balmain. The Chanel quilting, the plaids, the velvets, the cummerbunds, the leathers, the belted jackets were part of literally a cavalcade of clothes. As for who wears it... well it’ll be great fodder for the next H&M collection but hell it’s a lot more exciting than watching shows that are deeply esoterically inspirational and yet one is forced to think when will it end.
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If I had to say there was an influence I would have to say it’s somewhere between 18th century and Michael Jackson but it surely wasn’t boring. Buried under the jackets and coats were cowls and surplice tops with asymmetrical closures and damn the clothes were sexy, chic at times and riche. To that end, please take note that the casting here was not nubile but rather young men who looked like men. If there was any sort of gender bending it was in the clothes not the person wearing them and for that alone Rousteing gets a gold star.
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So for that rarity I say who cares if it sells... we got entertainment and fashion as it is intended and NEEDED!