I am excited about some of the designer clothes being shown for 2014. My affection for animal prints, ethnic and multicultural influences remains predominant, and I am happy to see the look evolve in such a sleek, understated chic manner. A true Parisian powerhouse, Balmain was founded many years ago by couturier Pierre Balmain, and was kick-started back into fashion-prominence in 2005 by the valiant Christophe Decarnin. Now with Olivier Rousteing at the helm as Creative Director, the label continues to deliver decadent rock-inflected glamour with ultra sexy, severe and distinctive collections for both women and men. I really like the styling of the garments which gives me ideas to reinvent items already in my closet.
Our love for Olivier Rousteing only deepens with the launch of his Pre-Fall 2014 collection. His aim was to push the idea that his brand is for women of different cultures, ethnicities, and price ranges.
The result was a sort of safari-meets-hip-hop aesthetic, which pulled inspiration from Peter Beard’s photography of Iman in Africa, back in her early modeling days. We can definitely see his muse Rihanna rocking the little miniskirts. Enjoy!
By Charlotte Pratt for Style Pantry
On January 21, 2014