Paris Fashion Week: At Balmain armor dresses for a fashion in the name of protection

Paris Fashion Week: At Balmain armor dresses for a fashion in the name of protection

Olivier Rousteingcreative director of Balmainhad conceived months ago a collection to take on the runway next winter, metaphorically choosing the theme of war: bulletproof vests, tactical or protective equipment, and compression pads.

He certainly couldn’t think about everything that is happening in Ukraine, so before the show he posted a statement on social media that said “We are well aware that there are more important things happening in the world today. It’s hard to think about focusing on the runways and dresses, while listening to the latest news with a heavy heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ukrainians. We are inspired by their dignity, resilience and devotion to freedom ».

And at the same time Rousteing wished to add new notes to his introductory press release to the collection: “These shows were not conceived as a direct response to the recent horrific invasion of our neighbors and I would never even dare to think of confronting the suffering they are going through in this moment”.

And the text continues like this: “As we watch the news, my team and I keep in mind the message of this collection: united in solidarity, we can rely on the power of hope and truth to reject hatred, lies and aggression”.

The imagination of a show that is divided into three acts, from the opening with a dance of two tribes, to then move on to the collection and end with a group of seven dresses that recall the 1945 archives of Monsieur Balmain.

A collection based on protection, inspired by that moment that Rousteing himself had to wear after suffering burns in the fire of his house: armor suits with padding and reinforcements, armored jackets with metallic plates, mini-dresses with wide shoulders and boots combat.

The color palette starts from white, a symbol of peace, and then fades into increasingly simple shades that caress and highlight the complex and architectural designs of biker jackets and suits, combined with deconstructed denim.

The sense of restlessness reigned supreme translated into clothes for men and women who rediscover themselves vulnerable in an uncertain future.


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