Runway Analysis: Balmain Spring/Summer 2016

As fashion month comes to a close (), it's time we look back at some of the shows that are paving the path for our wardrobes this spring. Though there were many shows that made me go "STOP I need that now!" I'm gonna focus on one in particular today: Balmain.

If there is one word that comes to mind when I think of Olivier Rousteing and Balmain it's sexy. And I was not disappointed after watching their spring/summer 16 show via livestream on Thursday. Not only was the runway filled with sexy clothes but curvy women, or as GiGi Hadid would say, women with boobs, butts, abs, and thighs! This collection was teeming with lots of form fitting pencil skirts and column gowns, wide belt cinched waists, knitted bodysuits, and exposed skin; all key components in making any woman feel like a bombshell. While risque cutouts and fishnets ruled, ruffles were a huge statement on the Balmain catwalk, seen on trousers, long sleeve blouses and dresses. These ruffles added a very feminine touch to the hard and sexy aesthetic of the collection. Balmain also reminded us that yes, suede is the textile of the season in case anyone dared to argue otherwise. Along with suede, leather, crocheted knit fabrics, and macrame (an elaborately patterned lacelike webbing made of handknotted cord,yarn, or the like) gowns filled the runway. While we saw some color in jewel tones such as emerald green and ruby red, the main color palette in this collection consisted of chocolate browns, caramels and other nude tones. 

Here were some of my favorite looks. 

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