Balmain's Animal Instinct

published on 06 Mar 2017
French fashion house Balmain appealed to our primitivity with an animals-inspired fall/winter 2017 collection reminiscent of what cavemen would wear millennia ago during the Stone Age. 

"It's all about a return to the forces of nature. I wanted to create strong Amazons. Women's power today is extremely important, and I think I reflect that with this collection. It's very feminist," said Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing. The collection itself was composed of dresses and tunics in elaborate patchworks and animal prints, T-shirts depicting wolves, decontructed outfits made of exotic skins and featuring a variety of fabrics -- snakeskin, velvet, shearling, astrakhan, crocodile and lizard -- as well as embellishment such as fringes, metallic studs, embroidery, leather applique, jacquard and crystal mesh. 

"These are the Amazons of the future, the Balmain Amazons: they are couture, they are rich, they are rock ‘n’ roll," Rousteing said.