The Clothes: Sexy harlequin cartoon gangsters? From the ’90s? This is what I got from Olivier Rousteing’s spring 2013 show for Balmain. Balmain always emphasizes a strong shoulder but this time they were hugely exaggerated on extra-long blazers that came in stripes, harlequin diamonds, and a Versace/Miami-esque black and yellow print. These looks are not for the faint of heart. But go big or go home right? It was a ballsy collection.
While I couldn’t get behind the power suits, I did like Rousteing’s take on the Balmain mini for spring. It was crocheted into Rococo patterns and some skirts were flared this go round instead of skin-tight.
The Hair & Makeup: I loved the hair. It was pulled back into a braided pony tail, fixed by two super ordinary looking ponytail holders, and enhanced by giant hoop earrings. Nothing fancy, all ’90s hip-hop awesomeness. Makeup was minimal–can’t compete with a collection that loud.
The Soundtrack: “What Difference Does It Make,” The Smiths.
The Vibe: Set, as always, in the chandelier-laden gilded ballroom of the InterContinental, the feeling of the space and the collection was pure decadence.
The Front Row: Dree Hemingway and her boyfriend, Fat Radish co-owner, Phil Winser, who were not shy about the front row PDA.
Celebrity We’d Most Like to See Wearing this Collection: If anyone can pull this off, it’s Anna Dello Russo.