Paris Fashion Week: Balmain Autumn/Winter 14
In the Balmain universe, the woman is a tribal warrior, a strong and seductive one at that. With chunky necklaces and wrist cuffs, bamboo hoop earrings, love for animal prints, and khaki, Africa was a clear influence in creative designer Olivier Rousteing's work - who selected models from different ethnicities to walk the runway for his AW14 show yesterday.
As well as an edit of must-have threads, Rousteing aimed to portray a deeper message via his "jungle story", where freedom is everything. Backstage at his show, the designer revealed to The Guardian: "Freedom of races, freedom of aesthetics. I'm free to do this job and you are free to wear my clothes. The Balmain woman is screaming freedom," said Rousteing.
The strong collection of safari chic and military inspired ensembles combined leather, biker jackets, and combat trousers. The Balmain woman favours a form-fitting silhouette - an ideal canvas for Rousteing to flex his creative muscles and attention to detail with rope and stud embellishment, accentuated by nipped-in waists.