Runway Report: Balmain SS19

Olivier Rousteing looked beyond the Paris of today and instead focused on the city’s history when brainstorming his SS19 collection for Balmain. “Every morning when I wake up I see the Obélisque on La Concorde, and the Pyramide du Louvre . . . . I think it’s really important to mention that so much of the beauty of Paris is in its history, and its history is not only what we call French.” Rousteing is referring to the Egyptian influence on post-colonial Paris and its mirroring architecture.

Olivier’s work is by no means subtle, but his incorporation of a Cleopatra-esque woman and Egyptian heritage was a whisper in the wind of his Summer collection. Cara opened the show in a luxurious suit-piece in bright light white, showcasing queen-like shoulder padding, and silk movement, which was swiftly followed by Luna in an open-fan-pleated mini dress, and pale gold strappy sandals.

The creative director committed to a very strong monochromatic color range, with hints of baby mint, starship silver and faded denim – the kind Nefertiti would wear in a street style shot. A baby blue denim, ribbed fitted top with silver threading was styled over ripped, denim joggers; an ensemble suited for a Queen en route to brunch.

Much of Olivier Rousteing’s work can be identified from afar, however, it is his subtlety and depth in his work that keeps us coming back for more.

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Sabi Datoo-Lalji is a British Fashion Editor and Consultant living in Chelsea, NYC. When she isn't dreaming about Valentino Rock Studs, Sabi can be found practicing yoga and finding zen-like havens for her blog ( Follow her whimsicle footprint on Twitter & Instagram @sabidatoolalji