“It’s a new girl, my girl, she is from my generation,” said a pumped up Oliver Rousteing backstage after his Balmain show. And this was even before Rihanna, the brand’s current ad campaign cover girl, arrived in a rush after missing the designer’s fall/winter 2014 collection. “Before, you know I was traveling and making sure my collection was all about Las Vegas and Miami, or whatever, this time its all about me.
Screaming loud that I am proud to be young and in fashion. Its all about freedom, confidence and making sure that I have my place in this fashion world.”
Yes, there is a place for what Rousteing does in fashion. There are a lot of seriously wealthy women who like to look sexy and fierce in a highly adorned body con way. And perhaps just as important, there are also quite a few of well off husbands, fiancés and boyfriends who particularly appreciate this style. But it was the restraint with which the designer executed his eye catching style this season that sold this collection.
The strong shoulders where still there, as was the mind bogglingly amount of embellishments, this time via braided fabric and metal trimmings, and the rocking “it shoe” footwear. But there was a bit less flash and more fashion walking down the runway in the designers urban jungle show.
The Rihanna influence on this show could not be ignored. The singing sensation was the clear muse of the collection. It was easy to imagine her wearing the lovely leather safari jacket and matching silk cargo pants, that opened the show, on one of her days off. For a meeting with her music label, why not a the trompe-l'œil leather jacket worn with a wide animal print and metal accented belt that was actually a crop top paired with a structured peplum. To go out clubbing with her entourage the second skin “Scooby-Doo” leather braided dress would certainly turn heads. But for dancing, maybe a version covered in swags of silk rope braids would be a better choice.
As for event dressing, there was also plenty for “Robyn” -as the singer likes to be called- to chose from. How about the glam gladiator dress with its stiff animal print fanning out from the waist or the zebra stripped jacket and matching wrap front vest.
Rihanna might not have been sitting in the front row of the Balmain show but her unique and spirited style certainly was felt in the room and seen on the catwalk.