The Balmain Army rallies together once again to conquer Paris Fashion Week, descending on the very opulent Garnier’s Opera House. The inspiration for the show and the collection derived from Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing’s visit to the parisian ballet when he was younger! Rousteing says it’s a dream come true to design for the ballet and showcase his collection in such a historic, iconic location.
The collection itself is probably Balmain’s most fashion-forward yet, featuring a handful of see-through, clear PVC skirts, coats and booties. The designer has managed to make the looks simultaneously dressy and effortless, with power suits and form-fitting dresses adorned with sequins and fringy details. While this is a fresh new fashion-forward look for the fashion house, the collection does stay true to it’s signature ‘Balmain’ style. As always, the Balmain Army featured a heavenly host of supermodels. To walk for Balmain is a top privilege for any model so the only the best of the best walked down the runway. Below are some of the looks worn by the industry’s top models, Including a few comebacks from models Karolina Kurkova and Magdalena Frackowiak who have been absent from fashion weeks for quite some time.
There’s an interesting collision of cultures at play when it comes to Balmain’s spring-summer 2018 collection. Creative director Olivier tackles a western Americana theme but filters it through a French lens. The American flag dissolves into a sea of stripes and stars as the Balmain man embraces a season of predominantly black and white.
Graphic to say the least, this collection goes bold with Balmain’s signature embellishments. It features elongated tops and tees that come together with flamboyant jackets. Skinny jeans and ankle boots contribute to Balmain’s fashion-friendly uniform. There’s also a hint of fringe and a generous supply of studs which all reinforcing Olivier’s ‘Balmain Army’ appeal.
Here’s a look book containing some of my favourite pieces from the collection!
Kate (27) hails from Russia. Kate started out modelling in 2010 taking part in Miss Russia. Two years later she took part in Miss Russia 2012, where she was a top 10 finalist. In the same year she appeared in the fourth cycle of Top Model po-russki, Russia’s adaptation of Next Top Model along with her sister Valentina. It resulted in Kate being first runner up and her sister Valentina second runner up. Kate was signed with modelling agency ZMGROUP. After her appearance in Top Model po-russki, modelling agency The Lions New York displayed interest in signing her. This eventually led to Grigorieva’s debut at New York Fashion Week in 2014.
Kate took the fashion wold by STORM as she was chosen by top modelling site models.com as one of the top newcomers of the Fall/Winter 2014 season, and has since walked for Givenchy, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana , Celine, Elie Saab, Roberto Cavalli, Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Giambattista Villi, Moschino, and others. She opened for the 2015 Spring/Summer collections of Dsquared and Stella McCartney. She has appeared in catalogs for Victoria’s Secret, and has also been featured in editorials of numerous magazines including several national editions of VOGUE.
On 2nd December 2014, Grigorieva made her debut at the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in London. She appeared in two segments, ‘Exotic Traveller’ and ‘Angel Ball’ alongside performers Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift.
In April 2015, she was announced as one of ten new Victoria’s Secret Angels alongsideLais Ribeiro, Jac Jagaciak, Martha Hunt, Romee Strijd, Sara Sampaio, Elsa Hosk, Sara Sampaio, Stella Maxwell and Taylor Hill.In July 2015, she appeared in the Victoria’s Secret TV commercial Body by Victoria.
1 year later she parted with the brand disregarding her ‘Angel’ status, however she continues to attend the VSFS casting each year and walk for the annual runway show. Kate is still a favourite among many designers and photographers in the fashion industry, walking for major brands and designers during each and every fashion week. Kate has a degree in marketing and is continually studying english to help her communicate better with clients. 8 months prior to her first major casting she didn’t speak a word of english! Follow her via her Instagram below!