In his Fall Winter 2017 Collection for Balmain, the high priest of intergalactic fashion, Olivier Rousteing, democratically showed clothing for the emperors of haute style and their warriors. The designer stated that this collection “had to be about music this season,” that place where “music meets couture.” His reflection on the iconic musician that passed away last year and the daring prophetic gender fluid statement that defined them can be seen throughout the collection.
From the heavy metal inspired band T-Shirts, to the layers of leather and abundance of studs and sequence Roustening creates his own brand of street wear that is appropriate on any stage. Symbolism associate with heavy metal: powerful phoenixes, serpents, dueling tigers, and animal prints, embellished everything from masculine camo-wear to a hounds tooth Chanel-ish Jacket.
With music has his metaphor the designer’s embraced a wide latitude of identities to define. For Balmain the military trend is important. Olive green knits, Camouflage outerwear, jackets, knits and jeans, and camo-inspired prints were bold identifiers for this collection. Long knit capes and sweaters befit the lords and opulent tunics adorn their armies. Even when dressed in all black the many moods of Lord Vader are bold and in-command. In this collection hard meets soft, masculine meets feminine and warrior meets rock star, all with equal permission and equal confidence. From street warriors to rock warriors Rousteing bedazzles his pieces with a universe of dizzying brilliance. Balmain.
Story by David Lewis Taylor
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