Balmain's Fabergé fiesta at Paris Fashion Week A/W 2012
I love that for his Autumn / Winter 2012-13 collection for Balmain, Olivier Rousteing turned to a Fabergé egg for inspiration. But not just any run-of-the-mill Fabergé egg (if there is such a thing), but rather a Fabergé egg that was once owned by Elizabeth Taylor. No, I'm not kidding! According to The Cut, Rousteing found inspiration in the egg's ultimate frivolity which Taylor once had a cake made in honour of. Once again, I'm not joking!
The egg was once given to Taylor by Richard Burton and stole Rousteing's attention when he saw it in person. "I went to New York and saw the Christie's exhibit, and it was so beautiful," he told WWD. "I loved the opulence."
But back to the clothes... in only his second season at the helm of Balmain, Rousteing took embellishment to new, cool kid heights. There was plenty of ornamental detail to feast one's eyes on thanks to his Baroque style of pearl, crystal and stud encrusted brocade jackets, skirts and dresses.
Using a quilting technique, the designer went super luxe with velvet thigh-splitting skirts, gold embellished belted trousers, shiny gold edged jackets, and sparkly boxy blazers. With this in mind, he still managed to add a distinct Balmain rock 'n' roll element thanks to leather trousers, pastel biker jackets with exposed zips, dazzling mini dresses, and some pretty major velvet pieces in deep forest green.
A fascinating and flamboyant take on classics is why we'll see many of these pieces on the chic likes of Carine Roitfeld or Emmanuelle Alt come Autumn time.