Balmain Resort 2017 Runway Collection
Imagine waking up as Olivier Rousteing this week: The luxe maison that he’s creatively steered for five years, attracting an elite group of celebs and an #army of followers, was sold just a few days ago to a Qatari sovereign wealth fund for roughly $550 million.
Leaving aside any personal gain, his horizon is rich with possibility. The “new day” vibes he’s opted to project onto Balmain’s Resort collection must now feel very real. “I obviously can’t say all the details, but I can say that we are going to expand Balmain to the world. It’s something I’m really happy for and I can’t wait,” he offered, between showing off a diaphanous tiered dress in mousseline printed to resemble rainbow moiré, and a body-con number in color-blocked macramé bordered with gold chain. Here’s betting that multihued crochet has never looked this hot. Several of these sunset-to-sunrise looks were teased out in the men’s runway show. But it can’t hurt to look closer. Some pieces cascaded (flared, fluid knits; dramatic ponchos; and quilted capes); others clung (cutout suiting inspired by bombshell swimwear, the signature corset bustier minidresses).
If Rousteing reveled in vintage ’70s glam, he also couldn’t resist a nod to the ’90s, and this mashup conjured Bianca or Veruschka starring in a Busta Rhymes video by Hype Williams.