Balmain Runway Show for Paris Fashion Week FW23 Ready To Wear Collection started with some very colorful design as models came out of a dark corner into the spot light which was later accompanied with eager camera flash from the audience.
The furs, hats, bag and accessories used at the fashion show were all top notch and of very high quality. Kudos to the creative director, Olivier Rousteing who put the loyal customers of the brand at heart when producing outfits.
The bows, pearl-defined polka dots, and deconstructed tailoring with lapels twisted wonderfully to define generously proper necklines were all examples of this. Rousteing updated Balmain’s original dialect with 21st century technology and contemporary craft, for example, in a new-New Look second look shaped out of threaded neoprene.
High-shine PVC-like material was draped into off-the-shoulder ’40s siren dresses reminiscent of Lauren Bacall. Capes, so old-school but so wonderfully dramatic, were a big feature, whether incorporated as mohair capelets into tailored jackets or given full cape identity with closing pieces studded with pin and crystal.
Rousteing partially de-platformed this season after last season’s epic wooden shoes, delivering cute bow-fronted slippers and pumps (although of course there were a few platforms, this time pearl- or satin-covered, too). Some models carried purposefully anachronistic bags, piles of small luggage bundled together, and, for some reason, a toolbox.
Following that were flamboyant bow dresses, sculpturally architectural corsets, a luscious long coat made of rustling raspberry mesh, and super-built quilted looks. Sinatra sang passionately. Rousteing did not rule out a future return to the “va-va-voom” big format show, but this season, as always, he followed his heart and did Balmain his way.
See full collection below;