Spring 2014 collections are still hitting runways. Take a look at our favorite looks from Balmain in Paris.
Each city’s fashion week has a feel of its own. New York’s imcomparable street style, Milan’s sex appeal, and Tokyo’s high art. The Paris woman always walks the line between elegant and carefree. This year’s shows had plenty of contrasts… Dries Van Noten mixed linen and gold, and Rochas showed gorgeous confections of sparkle and organza paired with decidedly strange flat shoes.
Below left: The Dries Van Noten finale. Below right: Balmain.
Balmain loves a tough girl. Strong shoulders, studded mini dresses, and shapes that get a woman noticed. This collection for Spring 2014 is considerably softer. Soft pinks, baby blue, and bright white lightened up the house’s signature shapes.
Big, flouncing ruffles were all over this collection. The Pleated Mini Skirt is right on trend, with a flared skirt that hugs at the waist and flares out below the hip. Balmain showed a similar skirt in a nubby textured houndstooth, proving that this is a great shape for texture play (like sequins!).
My other favorite at Balmain was this candy striper pink outfit. Note the strong peaked shoulders in the most feminine sheer pink check. Get the look of the sailor front skirt with the Kasia pattern. Just shorten the length and draft a long rectangle to add a kicky pleated flounce. The look on the right is another fun juxtaposition. Big 80s buttons, blown up digital houndstooth, and a ladylike palette of blue and white.
The Paris shows are so full of inspiration. Structure, luxury, and relaxed beauty. Everything you could want for (next) Spring!
Fabrics shown from MoodFabrics.com.