This outfit is from Balmain’s SS18 collection by designer Olivier Rousteing. Balmain is my favorite fashion house and this particular outfit was my favorite from the collection. This season’s line was monochromatic, the core “color” scheme was black and white with pops of color sparsely incorporated throughout the collection.
Shape: This Balmain outfit from the SS18 collection has a tubular silhouette which adds slimness to the model’s body through the use of those sharp vertical lines. Rousteing is known for his very structured designs but relaxed this style slightly for his SS18 which you can see in the pants baggy feel.
Line: The well-defined vertical lines help to make the model look even taller than she actually is naturally. They also help with the overall sophistication of this look that flatters the model’s body type perfectly. As I follow the bold lines vertically up and down with my eye I notice the slender visual created. The contrasting horizontal lines are not as prominent but help with Rousteing’s new somewhat relaxed theme
Texture: The pants have a rough texture due to the sequins used. The jacket has more of a furry/fuzzy look. These two textures together in my head seem like they would clash but seeing how well they mesh together really has me in awe of the Balmain brand overall for straddling that line between couture and costume.
Movement: The light reflecting off of the pants really helps to capture the movement of the outfit. Balmain’s collections tend to be slightly more restrictive and stiff in general but their use to embroidery gives the allusion of more fluid motions by the light catching the rhinestones and sequences.
Color: While blue is normally seen as a calming comfort color, this bold blue gives off a more captivating alluring vibe. I receive a very powerful bold statement from this electric color which I normally reserve for colors such as red and yellow. This blue color pops even more due to the contrast of the subdue vibe of the black pants and the details in the jacket.
Rhythm: The rhythm of this outfit is slight hard to follow for me due to the different colors, textures, and shapes. The core rhythm of this outfit that I can visually focus on with my eye is the repetition of the crisscross lines on the jacket. Also, the lines created by the cold shoulder brings my eyes to the center of the outfit where the belt is perfectly placed.
Unity: I love this outfit and think it works very well together overall. The bold blue color is complemented by the somber nature of the color black. And the soft fuzzy texture of the jacket is complemented by the rough texture of the pants. This outfit really has perfect balance between opposing designs that allows them to match together instead of clash together.
Proportion: The clothes fit the model’s body type very well. While the pants are slightly loose fitting compared to the form fitting structure of the jacket, the overall outfit together makes perfect sense in my opinion. The proportions are perfect for the overall collection and really fits well with Balmain’s signature style.
Symmetry: This is a symmetrical outfit. The line in the middle of the jacket acts as a line of symmetry which showcases Balmain’s intricate attention to detail. There is no need for asymmetry in this design, keeping this element simple allows the focus to be on the color and texture of the outfit.
Emphasis: The jacket is the focal point of this outfit. From the bold color in a very monochromatic collection to the intensity of the 3-D elements. Also, the hints of flirty components in this very structured military look such as the cold shoulder and the mesh in the middle by the model’s rib cage. Alos, the pull of the belt on the fabric helps to curve the sharp lines adding a softer feel.
Cost of the outfit:
Jacket: $10,700 or a deposit of $5,350
Pants: $5,650 or a deposit of $2,825
In order to make this overall outfit somewhat affordable, the material used would have to be cheapened. The fabric would probably not be as thick and the embroidery would need to be toned down quite a bit. I would also either leave the belt out completely or go for a plain belt without the gold chain.