Balmain Spring 2013 RTW

Launch Slideshow

SHOW: Balmain, Spring 2013

THEME: 90s chic and sexy

ACCESSORIES: Hoop earrings, studded open-toe boots, pointy toe pumps

OVERALL TAKEAWAY: It wouldn't be farfetched to assume that any of the Top 100 singles of the 90s were playing in the Balmain studio during the conception of this collection, because it is indeed a celebration of the 90s.

This collection could be summed up by simply commenting on the oversized jackets and coats with shoulder padding, but there is more to this season's Balmain than meets the eye.

Designer Olivier Rousteing does a good job of doing a 90s renaissance without being too literal. He borrows from the trends that stood out most in the decade, but uses techniques and prints for finishing — making this collection perfect for the spring/summer season. What's especially great is Rousteing's unbeatable eye for color and texture — that fact alone makes the collection consistent without being repetitive.

High-waist leather pants with pleats were paired with woven sweater tops with detailing so intricate one would assume they were woven by hand. Each piece was effortless while still retaining that undeniable sense of couture Rousteing creates each and every season. 

In terms of color, the collection doesn't seem to stray too far from the signature 90s palette — black, white, and yellow with blue hues sprinkled in every so often. Dresses were broken up with waist-cinching belts that gave a purposeful disproportionate look to the collection. Add that to the oversize tuxedo jackets and you've got yourself a totally unpredictably chic 90s look fit for today's most stylish stars. 

And of course, Balmain's signature heavily detailed minidresses were in full swing while calling out to the leggy front rowers like Kristen Stewart and Anna Dello Russo.

FRONT ROW: Dree Hemingway, Kristen Stewart, Anna Dello Russo, Rachel Zoe, Giovanna Battaglia