PWF SS19: Balmain

COLLATING heritage with ultramodernism: Balmain’s PFW show displayed 89 looks for the SS19 collection, all without exception audacious and seductive. From ancient Egypt to 101 Dalmatians references, Olivier Rousteing took spectators by surprise, presenting outfits that are ultimately futuristic and sexy.


Cara Delevingne opened the shop lip-syncing Prince’s When Doves Cry, remarkably, dressed in the 1980s-inspired futuristic metal bra. Bringing strong shoulder pads back in the game, the collection reinvents many statement pieces of that decade: ripped details on off-shoulder tops, head-to-toe sparkling denim looks, and ultra-embellished party dresses of extreme length.

Borrowing luxury from ancient times, the collection included “mummified” ripped jumpsuits and dresses, hieroglyph and pyramid prints, and cracked-oil-painting patterns – all combined with futuristic accessories. The #BalmainArmy wore the armour of puffed sleeves and metal patchwork, glowing with confidence and irresistibility.

Last but not least, the classic Cruella de Vil inspiration – arguably, the most stylish Disney villain – permeated the collection. Sharp silhouettes, collages of black and white, chaotic cutouts on robes and gowns all made sense under the Balmain’s theme 0f ultramodernism. The selection of graphic ornaments, from kaleidoscope triangles to scribbles, create an enchanting impression – dealing with art more than fashion.

The SS19 fashion season has seen a number of outstanding and audacious ideas, and Balmain without doubt falls into the most striking of all.

by Olga Kuznietsova

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