BACKSTAGE AT BALMAIN SPRING 2023
SPRING SUMMER 2023
“Reflecting on our crucial need for change during this summer of despair somehow managed to push me into rediscovering and celebrating the hope, beauty and radical advances of the Renaissance,” explains Olivier Rousteing.
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“Museums and my old school textbooks helped reacquaint me with some of the Renaissance’s many fantastic leaps forward in science, painting, music and sculpture. And, not all that surprisingly, while those past achievements and masterpieces were inspiring me with their daring and beauty, they ultimately worked their way into my sketches for today’s runway. So, it’s very easy to spot this collection’s many patterns, details and silhouettes that channel the spirit, art and sculpture of that golden age’s greatest thinkers.”
Seeking inspiration, Olivier Rousteing looked upward—at the exuberant frescos covering the ceilings of the Renaissance’s finest interiors. Channeling the iconography of the masters, Rousteing covered Balmain spring silhouettes with celestial images of angels, sybils and heroes floating among the clouds.
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Hair and Make-Up
Once again, the Balmain runway relied on the expertise of Sam McKnight (hair) and Isamaya Ffrench (make-up)
Photo and video credits
PhotosFran Beltran, BFA, Getty