I’m a huge fan of Balmain lately, and I feel like their use of prints in this 2013 resort collection is amazing. The collection works with stripes, floral, leather, and more to create a unified look comprised of stylish mixed media. Vegas and South Beach reportedly inspired the looks, best seen through the silhouettes of the ultra-mini dresses and elongated trousers. The colors serve to balance out the seasons, as a good resort line should. Playing up black as the base color for most of the looks works well amidst the abundance of patterns. The collection displays a great range of outfits from elongated blazers, pencil-sraight trousers, to skin-tight dresses. You can bee sure that high street shops will pick up on the heavy use of diamond and thick vertical stripe patterns so keep an eye out.
What if I said that I think the trends for fall will be inspired by the Renaissance and Medieval times? It’s kind of odd, but it can definitely be beautiful. I pulled together a few pieces from different collections that I believe are obviously inspired by the 15th century.
Balmain- these tunics remind me of what a jouster would wear. The embroidered roses serve as a coat of arms.
Carven- The first model wears a skirt with a Medieval painting. The second model wears a jacket that reminds me of stained glass work that would be found in a church.
Aquilano.Romondi- The show is specifically inspired by the Renaissance, notice the cross motifs and rich fabrics.