BALMAIN FALL WINTER 2016: The ultimate review

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Don't judge me by the cover - Forgive the photo I chose. I will explain everything. I'm not the kind of person who writes click baiting articles, using the names of Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid. I let Vogue do that.

Castings, what are those? - I really wanted to review the Fall Winter 2016 Ready-To-Wear Balmain show. I have watched the video of the show and all the photos from the runway very carefully. My opinion? Olivier Rousteing failed once again in designing an original collection. He has rather concentrated himelf on putting in the show models with a high amount of Instagram followers or models which he is friend with. Often those two things coincide. I wonder why... 

The review - The collection presented once again all the favourite leitmotivs of the brand: waist-cinching minidresses, tight trousers, over-the-top embellishments and thigh-high boots. However this time Balmain went for a lighter color palette, showcasing total looks in pastel blue, pink and camel. Some of the designs were clearly a statement-making take on boudoir pieces from the 18th-Century, like the mini crinoline skirts (nice but not very comfortable), and the present time, with those sheer lace pants and tops trimmed with ruffles.
As I was watching the models walking down the ruway, I constantly had this image in my mind: Olivier Rousteing asking himself "would Kim Kardashian wear this?" while he was designing the clothing. I think that this was the real inspiration behind the pieces.
The styling was horrendous: bad contouring and tacky wigs. Definitely not the best Rosie Huntington-Whiteley or Lily Donaldson have ever looked. Most of all, I belive that such a messy styling took attention away from the looks. But maybe this is exactly what Olivier Rousteing wanted to get...
You see, you can trust me. I'm not click baiting: I've mentioned Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid only once so far. Well, now I made it twice. And I also mentioned Kim Kardashian. I think I'm ready to send my curriculum vitae to Anna Wintour.


Maybe I'm just a hater - I too often find myself writing articles about how Olivier Rousteing cares more about popularity than fashion. Maybe I'm just a hater. But at least I'm not presumptuous. I don't think I am the owner of the truth. So I looked for the reviews of journalists who know fashion better than I do and write for prestigious magazines.

The verdict - What does the fashion world think about the Balmain Fall Winter 2016 Ready-To-Wear fashion show? I collected some of the most popular articles and social posts about it. 

Were there only two models at the Balmain Fashion Show? I was searching for #Balmain, not for #GigiHadid or #KendallJenner.

Breaking news!

Don't miss it!

A 'Freaky Friday hair-swap'...

In case you did not know.

I wonder if 'all the talking points' involves clothes.

The usual click-baiting article of Who What Wear about Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid. Around half of their articles looks like this.

What you need to know about Balmain: Kendall, Gigi and Kanye. I couldn't have said it better myself.

Vogue Italia couldn't miss the color-swapping party.


'Should they make it permanent???'

Yes, I want more coverage, please.

Vogue US is Kendall Jenner's second Instagram account.

Why such a short caption?

Tell me more...

Websites - I'll post only three photos, because by now I know everything about the Balmain fashon show.
Such an epic moment.

'We are flabbergasted.'

I used to rate Vogue Nederland.

Written by: MsD

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3 commenti

  1. This is what it's come to with Olivier and Balmain...smh Pierre Balmain did not die for this! Btw Binx Walton posted a caption to one of her pics siting the obvious that unnamed designers (Olivier obviously) focus more on celebrities and and popularity than the actual heart of the fashion house hence us constantly getting lazy redundant designs from Rousteing who lets be real only designs to please Kim Kardashian and her family. To a blind man who has no insite on fashion they'd probably guess KeGi were the only models that walked Balman...

    1. Thank you for your comment!
      And yes, Oliver has turned Balmain into a joke: we hope for a change in the future!

    2. Thank you for bringing the post of Binx to our attention. We agree with the point she is making: if your collection is good, it will speak for itself. You only need to pay untalented celebrities to be in your show if your collection isn't good enough.
      When your collection is good, celebrities will wear it for free (off the runway) because they like it, and respectable magazines will talk about it spontaneously, because they rate your work.
      Many designers, includong Olivier of course, seem to prefer short moments of popularity on socials than working hard and proudly to create interesting and original collections, which could remain in history.
      Fashion for me is art, therefore it has to communicate and express something. These girls can't even change face expressions, their look is empty and weak, they can't pose or move gracefully. How can they communicate any feelings? How can that be art? It's obviously all about money and clicks.


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