Balmain presented its Resort 2021 collection and the result is vaguely experimental, even without loosing the main characteristics of Roustaing’s aesthetic. For the designer, the idea of innovation and change is deeply important: he was one of the only able to use the digital medium in a profitable way during haute couture. By presenting the collection to the press, he has declared that seeking for novelty is even more important to him because of his belonging to the French fashion system, one of the most traditionalists ever.
The collection is therefore very precious and detailed, as always. The garments are beautiful thanks to the impeccable and sexy cuts. Jewels and applications of coloured stones to the bodices makes them decidedly edgy. There is no shortage of suits and Rousteing enjoys to play with materials and prints: tartan and polka dots, but also giant vichy prints.
Shapes are precisely the characteristics that move the entire collection and make it interesting. There are bulky mini dresses that differ slightly from Balmain’s sophisticated style, but that somehow rhymes with everything else in an excellent way. It is a very fun and free, while perfectly managing Balmain’s luster – which Rousteing likes so much – with a more natural approach.
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