For Resort 2015, Balmain’s Creative Director Olivier Rousteing looked to the uniquely beautiful light, landscape and style of California to create a collection that includes clean lines, strong graphics and vivid pops of Hockney-esque colors. Overall, there is a fluidity in his designs that reflects the Pacific Coast’s relaxed and easy way of life. More bohemian aspects of SoCal style are alluded to in Rousteing’s riffs on the poncho and the complex geometries of colorful Native-American patterns.
Rousteing highlights the contributions of his team of artisans, noting, “Balmain’s atelier is second to none. They’ve helped me create a collection that combines the best of the West-Coast lifestyle—athletic inspirations, lightness and fluidity—with the tailoring, fit and draping that only a historic Parisian house can provide.”
This collection continues some themes that Rousteing has touched on in previous seasons. He once again returns to playing with striking black-and-white geometric patterns. And, in what is becoming a signature touch, many patterns that at first glance appear to be made up of bold stripes, upon closer inspection reveal themselves to constructed from skillfully woven leather, intricate embroideries and complex beadwork.