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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Paris Fashion Week: At Balmain, Rihanna looms too large

Booth MooreLos Angeles Times Fashion Critic contact the reporter
Skin is
in -- skin wrapped in clear plastic, swathed in oversized, "Stop Making
Sense" era suits, and spangled to high heaven, at least according to
Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing, who showed his spring collection on
Thursday during Paris Fashion Week.

again, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West (with mother-in-law Kris, too!)
risked stealing the spotlight, especially pre-show, when Kardashian was
tackled by a guy in the scrum to get to her car. But that’s another story.
in its recent incarnation at least has had a close association with
rock ’n’ roll, from the spangled, shoulder-padded Michael
Jackson-inspired jackets that put the house back on the map a few years
back when Christophe Decarnin was in charge of things, to the spring
2014 collection campaign, featuring Rihanna as the face of the brand now
designed by Rousteing.
But it may be time to sing a different tune.
The collection Rousteing showed Thursday felt like a music parody, and not in a good way.
The inspiration:
A photograph of Rihanna seated next to Rousteing at a fashion show
after-party last season. “She looked amazing in her transparent top,”
the designer wrote in the show notes. “Was I jealous? Of course not, I
was inspired.” Inspired by the strong and sexy images of his childhood,
he went on to explain, including Janet Jackson in “Miss Jackson, If
You’re Nasty,” and Madonna in her “Erotica” moment.

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