So today I bought the August issue of Vogue which came with our bi-annual freebie of The Vogue View, the scary booklet that reminds us that Autumn/Winter is approaching. This updates us with what our wardrobes need to prepare for if we want to be ‘on-trend’ this coming season. Now I am hopeful that the sun may appear, like last year, during September and October so I won’t be one to rush to the shops to hunt for a new fur coat. However looking at these catwalk images has reminded me how good February and March’s fashion weeks really were. The stand out collection for me was Balmain. Whether I am bias because I a huge fan of the design each season or if the skinny legs with oversized tops are just my style to a tee, but I was shocked when I read a lot of unenthusiastic reviews. Has the fashion industry gone blind?!
New head designer for womenswear at Balmain, Olivier Rousteing took the classic embellished and ever-textured style which the brand develops each season and modified it with his own taste. Can we blame him for changing the pointy shoulders? No doubt us brits would create a fuss if he had kept/copied the statement jackets made famous by previous head designer, Christophe Decarnin. So lets celebrate the renewed Balmain shape and bring our attention to the embellishment which is making me drool a little!
Lavish jewels and pearls coated the softly structured garments which were strutted down the catwalk. Rousteing looked to Liz Taylor’s jewellery collection for inspiration which was shown at Christies in New York last year. Then came encrusted jumpers and waistcoats with direct reference to the patterns of the Fabergé egg which made this collection richer and more luxurious.
Elements of uber-cool radiance and the ‘bad girl’ image were also dotted in. Quilted oversized black leather gillets styled with split maxi skirts and ankle boots made me melt. Along with the crushed velvet pencil skirts and trousers, and crisp white buttoned-up shirts, there were also crew neck and cashmere jumpers, perfect for the posh, rich-kid around town.
I barely look at a ready-to-wear collection and actually feel like I was ready to wear the whole look but with no exaggeration, I honestly could wear each and everyone from this show. The styling should be commended along with the stunning design by the 25 year old designer. With the right sort of eye, these looks are fairly easy to create for the less fortunate (ie, me!) who have to turn to the high street. I’ll be starting off at All Saints for embellished pieces and probably turn to Zara for some tailored blazers and trousers. Lets hope Topshop bring out the split maxi skirts again!