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Ghesquière Departs Balenciaga in Major Surprise November 05th, 2012 @ 00:43 AM

Sao Paulo Fashion Week: Between Optimism and Fear November 02nd, 2012 @ 00:28 AM

London Unveils Men’s Season Schedule November 01st, 2012 @ 00:36 AM

Azzaro Releases Castello Branco October 25th, 2012 @ 00:18 AM

Revenue Soars 22 Percent at LVMH in First Three Quarters October 16th, 2012 @ 00:18 AM

Rykiel Names Geraldo da Conceicao Artistic Director September 21st, 2012 @ 8:12 PM

Brazil’s New London Pop-Up September 21st, 2012 @ 7:20 PM

McQueen Men Returning Home to London September 12th, 2012 @ 7:19 PM

Roitfeld, Mum and Son, Open in Brazil September 07th, 2012 @ 00:54 AM

Berluti Opens to Big-Time Business in London September 06th, 2012 @ 3:27 PM

Stefano Pilati Back with a Bang at Zegna September 05th, 2012 @ 7:10 PM

Hugo Boss Wows in Berlin, Plans for New York July 06th, 2012 @ 00:17 AM

Salvatore Ferragamo: Crusin’ the Louvre June 13th, 2012 @ 11:04 AM

Michel Klein Gains New Backer; Launches Sunglass Collection June 13th, 2012 @ 00:48 AM

Sykes Jettisoned by Aquascutum; Maurer In at Rabanne June 06th, 2012 @ 00:18 AM

Armani Conquers China, Chastises the Pope June 01st, 2012 @ 11:53 AM


Balmain: Rococo Rockstar Fashion

Godfrey Deeny
September 27th, 2012 @ 1:38 PM - Paris

So many people have claimed to be, or have been given the mantle of being, the new Versace that it's an almost redundant phrase. But if any brand is where the house of Versace ought to be today then it is Balmain.

Not only because both Gianni Versace and Balmain's designer, Olivier Rousteing, rely on the same key elements to create their bravura collections - emotion and slick technique, married to a genuine love of women and their ability to truly dazzle.

Rousteing's latest runway display, a spring 2013 collection shown in Paris on Thursday, Sept. 27, was a bravura performance, where he blended elements of New Wave, haute glam and Latin rococo grandeur.

Medieval lady knights marched up and down the catwalk, clad in spun gold armor; two-tone gentile rockstars simmered in black and white redingotes; femme fatales emoted in micro check harlequin jumpsuits.

The sheer technical audacity was pretty awesome - from finely spun jacquard guipure tunics that looked like malleable stucco to a divine screen goddess Prussian blue mini cocktail exploding with crystals. Balmain's designer is also a great cutter - his hyper wide shouldered, square gorged jackets and forgiving, nipped at the ankle pants were flawless.

Another thing Rousteing and the late, great Versace share in common: models love to wear their clothes. The catwalk's latest new comer star, pouty-lipped blond Danish beauty Nadia Bender, all done up in crystals and shiny shoulders, jumped up and down for joy backstage as she "posed" with Rousteing for photos.

"Cuban Latin power, Sade and '90s inspiration. Steven Meisel and Peter Lindberg's shoots, the power years of the '90s, when Linda Evangelista was fighting with her husband in the street in shoots. Powerful women," said Rousteing, referring to the very glory years of Versace, before Another Magazines Jefferson Hack piped in: "Yes, when he was about 10!"

Rousteing within just two seasons is already in a league of his own and has taken over Christophe Decarnin's successful ground work to make this a must-see show in Paris. If only the Grand Hotel space would feel a bit more glamourous. Next time make it the Ritz Pool.

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