Balmain PRE-FALL 2019: The embroidery patterns were packed with Japanese characters, nature elements, and mythological motifs derived from traditional tattoos

The colour images draw attention to some of the crazy craftsmanship that transformed sleeves into spiky scaled dragons, juxtaposed plastic pieces with crochet, and showered surfaces with large crystal confetti.





“I’ve been obsessed with making Balmain a strong French house. And when everyone is really struggling to understand where fashion is going, I wanted to look back and remember why fashion has been relevant,”  Olivier Rousteing said. “And of course, it’s important to understand what people want today; people want to be real but they want to dream as well.”


The embroidery patterns were packed with Japanese characters, nature elements, and mythological motifs derived from traditional tattoos, or else comparatively minimal as glistening geometries against backdrops of velvet or quilted leather.


Exaggerated volumes that suggested rigid, deconstructed kimonos added to the drama. Rousteing demonstrated how the shapes did not actually restrict the arms—they simply provide a high-impact photo op. (vogue.com)




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