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Balmain Fall 2019 Ready-To-Wear Collection Review

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Balmain Fall 2019 Ready-To-Wear Collection Review
Description
To this day, we're still wondering what era Olivier Rousteing thinks the world is in right now. In his Fall 2019 collection, he was, yet again, back in the 80s. This time, he went a little hard with a multitude of studs and a whole lot of leather. But in the end, what resulted was another disappointing collection that offered nothing new to the Balmain customers.
Apparel Quality
73
Retail Potential
32
Overall Vibe
11
Reader Rating0 Votes
0
Positives
Diverse Silhouettes
Fine Fabrications
Couture-Quality Construction
Negatives
Same Old 80s Rehashes
Ridiculous Exaggerations
Overlod of Studs
Unflattering Geometirc Shapes
Gimmicky Capes and Chiffon Outfits
Awful Use of Denim
Terrible 80s-esque Styling
No Sense of Modernity
Boderline Costumey
39
Ratings

Olivier Rousteing certainly has an odd take on the Parisienne woman. His version of the “French cool girl” is still stuck in the 80s, complete with exaggerated proportions and too much leather. And for about the 689th (we already lost count!) time, this was again the case with his Fall 2019 show for Balmain. Here, it’s his same-old 80s-inflicted mess of reworked suits and leather-induced ensembles—only this time, the ridiculousness was on full overdrive. Studs on boucle pieces might seem the type of dichotomy that the French and the wannabe-French might gravitate toward, but in this 83-look collection, there was just a little too much of them. The look lost its edgy flair mid-show and soon became somewhat of a parody of itself. The houndstooth insertions didn’t help either. All they did was further take Rousteing’s latest looks and made them seem more in the 80s than ever before. And when the awkward chiffon cut-outs and panels, as well as the pouf-like velvet floral ruffles, came on, that’s where we essentially gave up. This was yet another disappointing 80s-inspired mess Rousteing offered for Balmain clients. And while they may work for social media hype, we doubt they’d make an impact anywhere else. Maybe as drag show costumes, perhaps?

Photo: Daniele Oberrauch / Gorunway.com

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