“I wanted to imagine the seventies in the future— in 3070!” explains Olivier Rousteing, the extraordinarily talented twenty something year old behind the curtains and at the helm of Balmain. This season at the beautiful Hôtel de Ville in Paris, Olivier showcased his Fall/Winter 2013-14 collection for Balmain, a collection which really captured his inspiration but is probably one of the most abstract collections for the house since the climb of the signature silhouette that has made it’s mark over the last few years but still it was very, very, VERY Balmain. I saw a very futuristic fusion of middle-east and far-east colors, embroideries and details with a very samurai aesthetic and shape plus a touch of American seventies silhouettes.
Over the last couple of seasons Olivier has really been taking Balmain from the rocker-chic status it became famous for, to now, a more almost royal, majestic, and magical state. The embroidery, the details, the textures, it all is so strong and impactful but comes together so precisely in his collections like this season’s. Every season is something new and exciting for Balmain and I can’t wait to see where Olivier takes it next.