Saturday 25 March 2017

Clever Couture: Balmain from catwalk to high street

Dress, €121 and boots, €87.50
both at River Island, 102 Grafton
St, Dublin 2, and branches.
Dress, €121 and boots, €87.50 both at River Island, 102 Grafton St, Dublin 2, and branches.

Balmain's signature look of statement shoulders, shimmering body-con shapes and sky-high hemlines paired with edgy ankle-boots, has been re-worked season after season.

'If it ain't broke, why fix it' is clearly the mentality and with a label thriving as successfully as this, you can see their point.

A palette of tarnished metallics, sludgy khaki and black leather set the tone for the catwalk collection. This River Island dress takes a handful of the key details from the collection and combines them into one humdinger of a rock-chic piece. Using panels of fabric laced together to create a curve-enhancing silhouette, it is worthy of the most glamorous warrior goddess. Glittering epaulettes broaden the shoulders, creating the illusion of a more minuscule waist; while a sculpted bust feeds into the underwear as outerwear trend.

Irish Independent

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