I've been watching Balmain with a close eye ever since Olivier Rousteing has taken over. It seemed that Christophe Decarnin could do no wrong, so seeing someone else take the reigns at such a prominent fashion house was nerve-wracking. I was more than a little excited to see Balmain's latest Resort collection, and while I was a bit surprised, I'm definitelyly not disappointed. There are certain elements that I never would have expected to see in a Balmain collection, but I respect and accept a little bit of change.
I applaud Rousteing for what he's done so far. Anyone who can mix pastels, double denim, harlequin diamonds, Beetlejuice stripes, and 80's silhouettes in such an oddly-appealing way deserves praise. We've seen pastels everywhere for about a year now, but the darker elements and sturdy shapes in the collection (classic Balmain) are a refreshing context for the light and airy colors. Pastels are usually left for "pretty" dresses and sheer blouses, but a mint motorcycle jacket proves that pastels aren't just for girly girls. One of my favorite things about this collection is that it seems like you could walk into a thrift store and find similar pieces. All of those 80's cast-offs--brightly-colored blazers, bold prints, jumpsuits, over-sized sweatshirts--are just waiting to be picked up and turned into a Balmain-esque outfit.