Balmain's Couture collection dazzles with million Swarovskis
January 28, 2019 - Who doesn’t love a little bling in their dress? And if it’s Balmain, that bling is to its stylish best. The Summer Spring Couture Week 2019 saw the Balmain collection encrusted with over 1 million Swarovski crystals and Swarovski Crystal Pearls. This is the first time in 16 years that Balmain has an entire collection with crystals.
Olivier Rousteing designed mini-dresses, trousers and tops which he exquisitely embellished with Swarovski stones: crystal pearls, sew-on stones, beads, flatbacks and cabochons in Crystal and Nacre shades. Amongst the various key looks featured a bold fully crystalized jumpsuit and jacket, a short jumpsuit covered in pearl cabochons and two futuristic pastel ensembles with transparent flatbacks. Further embellishment included jewelry, bibi hats with tiny shimmering beads and bags in crystal grids.
Mr. Rousteing commented, “Couture remains as exclusive today as it has always been – a luxury well beyond the reach of most. Today’s collection relies on more than one million Swarovski crystal pearls, stones and beads for the intricate embroideries and embellishments. By pushing myself, my team and our atelier to the very limit to create these aspirational designs, I know that Balmain will be able to learn from these techniques, lessons and innovations. That is the great strength and incredible heritage of couture and why so many of Paris great houses have traditionally relied on the rigors of couture to advance the designs of all collections."