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PFW: Balmain AW17

Balmain channels rock star royalty at PFW AW17.

‘Rock and Roll Love Affair’ – Prince

The inspiration for this collection came from Olivier Rousteing’s love of music. As Rousteing says: “For as long as I can remember, music and fashion have been completely intertwined. I cannot conceive of one without a full helping of the other”. Always a signature in his shows, the connection to music was heightened in this 2017 lineup due to the loss of so many musical icons in 2016. This resulted in unique and striking outfits, reflecting the spirits of the legends that were lost. And it gives us hope that something beautiful can come out of crying whilst listening to Bowie albums non-stop for three months.

‘Oh! You Pretty Things’ – David Bowie

Showcasing both Fall Menswear and Pre-Fall Womenswear, the collection was an eclectic mix of gender fluid outfits. Perfected by Prince and George Michael, Rousteing paid tribute to rockstars who challenged conventional standards and gender norms by pairing hyper-masculine and eye-catching outfits with DGAF attitudes.

‘Too Funky’ – George Michael

In typical Balmain fashion, the collection was bold, ballsy and extreme. There were rich colours and clashing patterns, topped with jackets embellished with beadings of wild cats, phoenixes and serpents. Despite showing a penchant for camouflage, the last thing these outfits were going to do was blend into the background. Channeling that in-your-face attitude that all the great rockstars possess, the collection was the equivalent of a Slash guitar solo mixed with a Freddie Mercury vocal.

PFW: Balmain AW17

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