The powerhouse celebrity family unit of Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian and Kayne West might have been watching Kendall Jenner walk in the spring/summer 2015 Balmain show, but it was a different pair of iconic siblings that actually inspired designer Olivier Rousteing this season.
The Jacksons, Michael on the soundtrack and Janet on the catwalk,shaped this monochromatic, ode-to-the-nineties collection.
This meant models with slicked back wet hair strutted down the runway in dramatic cut out bandeau tops that were strapped tight to the torso. They also showed up rocking graphic grid patterned high waisted pants and body con dresses that appeared to cadge in each model’s curves.
Rousteing is known for his highly structured and richly embellished rock-and-roll designs. And yes, the strong shouldered jackets did make an appearance on the catwalk. This time they came with tricky twisted bodices that left waistlines exposed.
However this season he smartly showed that he could keep his rebellious edge but still propose (slightly) more forgiving garments. One of the best of these was look 9, which paired a draped black t-shirt with a matching semi-sheer pleated maxi skirt. Also strong were the striped primary colored sleeveless suit vests cut in oversized proportions. A broad collared leather jacket cinched to the waist with a belt also expertly played with dramatic shapes.
The final outfit in the line-up really said it all about this show. The top was an easy white cotton sleeveless shell with an understated flourish of draped fabric. The bottom a pencil skirt festooned with colorful beadwork laid out in a geometric grid motif. A clash of causal and couture that resulted in one seriously bitchin’ ensemble.