Tough Glamour–Launching its first ever shoe collection based off of the runway looks designed by creative director Olivier Rousteing, Balmain releases images of its spring-summer 2014 footwear line, and it’s as tough and rock and roll glam as to be expected. The range includes high-heeled sandals, stilettos, boots and flats in luxe fabrics including python, soft suede and perforated calfskin. Metal detailing is a signature must on many of the designs. See more of the shoes below.
Balmain Fall 2014–While last season found inspiration in 90s style, Olivier Rousteing’s fall-winter 2014 collection for Balmain took a more modern approach with a tribal influence. The Balmain woman wears bandeau skirts and military-inspired jackets with cinched waists. Tops have peplum finishes paired with leather pants and opaque leggings. Focusing on details and embellishments, one must appreciate fall’s dresses and skirts made of intertwined rope as well as its bamboo-heeled stilettos etched with intricate patterns. Accessories are also tribal influenced–animal print patterns, studded chokers and belts, and chunky bamboo hoops bring a glamazon vibe to the autumn season.
BTS with Rihanna – French label Balmain has released three behind the scenes video featuring campaign star Rihanna, her stylist Mel Ottenberg and creative director Olivier Rousteing. “Dreams do come true… When the woman that inspires you wears your creations, your vision feels complete. Not compromising, fresh, modern, the icon of my generation, Rihanna embodies my vision of Balmain in this new campaign. In front of the camera, she makes you feel like she is the only girl in the world,” Rousteing says.
Rihanna Goes Balmain – After an initial preview early this morning, more images have been revealed from Rihanna’s Balmain campaign shot for the spring 2014 season. Photographed in New York City by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, the singer gives off a cool girl vibe in leather bombers, houndstooth prints and knitwear. Rihanna’s personal stylist Mel Ottenberg also styled the shoot.
Rihanna for Balmain – Super star Rihanna is the new face of Balmain’s spring 2014 campaign, WWD has revealed. The pop singer poses for Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin in 90s inspired wear and with a curly coif. Mel Ottenberg styled Rihanna while Atelier Franck Durand worked on creative direction for the shoot.
Balmain’s Modern Retro – Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing was in a nineties mood for the French fashion house’s spring 2014 collection shown during the third day of Paris Fashion Week. Jackets with boxy shoulders, quilted separates and skirts with flouncy hems that are either ruffle or feather-embellished gave a nod to Chanel during the nineties. Prints for the season embrace gingham and houndstooth motifs while the color palette is steeped in monochrome as well as pastel blues and pinks. The overall trend which we have seen a few times during spring previews, is highlighted with slinky pinstripes, sparkling squares or sleek leather.
Edita on Vogue – It’s hard to believe, but Edita Vilkeviciute finally landed her first Vogue Paris cover for the magazine’s October issue. The Lithuanian model seems to be a favorite of the magazine’s editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Alt, appearing in numerous issues since her tenure. Past Vogue covers for Edita include the German, Chinese and Spanish editions. On the cover Edita poses for Mario Testino in a Balmain look from the label’s fall collection. The new issue hits stores in France on September 25th.
Balmain Days – Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin are back again for Balmain’s fall 2013 campaign (their last time shooting was for the spring 2012 season). This time, the creative duo photographs an eclectic cast including Cora Emmnauel, Elisabeth Erm, Manon Leloup, Khadija and Clement Chabernaud. Lensed against the beautiful backdrop of Paris, the faces of Balmain flaunt the jewel-tone hues and fashion forward shapes of the season.
Zoe’s Blue Moment – Actress Zoe Saldana attended the 2013 Comic-Con event in San Diego on July 20th. The “Guardians of the Galaxy” star opted for a blue jumpsuit from Balmain’s resort 2014 collection. Zoe also wore a Balmain look in April at a “Star Trek” premiere.
Balmain Babe – British model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley attended a Balmain dinner held at Los Angeles’ Chataeu Maramont on May 1st, 2013. The blonde stunner wore a black and white look from one of Balmain’s latest collections to the event. Rosie also paired the look with lace boots from the label as well.