PFW BALMAIN F/W 2013
Paris is the perfect city to conclude Fashion Week, and for this special Throwback Thursday, I wanted to feature the evolution of one of my favorite French brands: Balmain. Founded as a fashion house in Paris by Pierre Balmain in 1945, Balmain came to be recognized for dressing royalty and heiresses around the world. Balmain was particularly known for his elaborately embroidered evening gowns and his furs, and even regarded as “a king of French fashion.” His designs were extremely popular during the 50s, when French fashion was celebrated around the globe as the hub of luxury and couture. After Balmain’s death however, the brand witnessed a style evolution and became less well-known, as designers such as Oscar de la Renta and Andrew Gn worked to revamp the brand’s image. Under new leadership in 2009, the brand became synonymous with the couture embellishments and detail that it is known for today, and is regarded as one of the hottest brands in fashion. Paris Fashion Week never disappoints, and the runway looks at Balmain took my breath away!
The fall 2013 collection completely captivated me! I loved the use of vibrant colors, textures and embroidery and the drapery and styling gave it an ethnic twist. Balmain stayed true to their style but the colors and Indian inspired bits and pieces truly made this collection spectacular and one-of-a-kind!