Lena in her N21 flares
Although big pants / flares aren’t always pleasantly seen in the society, let’s be cool about them – if styled well, these pants can easily become an essential of your wardrobe. Noting that the floor-sweeping length is having its appearance everywhere, from Celine Resort 2016 look-book to Rosie Assoulin’s AW16 collection, flares (which not necessarily must be denim!) seem to be an old-school alternative of culottes, which unfortunately don’t suit everybody due to their very, very difficult silhouette. Worn with a lace, slip top or a DsQuared bomber with a badass, J-Lo fur hoodie, the big pants work with almost everything. And, what’s the most attracting about this unsung must-have, is that you can truly have fun with them. Make them look slouchy (Y/Project autumn-winter 2016), chic (N21 cappuccino shaded version) or on fleek (Balmain AW07) – and remember to free your inner Jane Birkin.
So, are the big pants having a 2016 tale?
Eckhaus Latta SS16
Carla Bruni in her apartment
Rosie Assoulin AW16
Céline Resort 2016
Balmain by Chistopher Decarnin SS07
N21 SS16 on Lena
Maison Margiela in the 90’s
Olivier Rousteing’s heavy tribute to Grace Jones was visible at every point of his new collection for Balmain – the bold shapes of accessories, the vibrant patterns, the non-chalant cuts, capes and over-sized pantalons – I mean, EVERYTHING. Glamour, chic, sex – with a bit of cheesy accents – felt on the right place, like always at Balmain. A continuation on the eighties themes that we’ve seen developing successively for AW15 naturally was present. It was a collection that showed Rousteing doing what he does best: power dressing some of the world’s most recognisable faces and icons.
Mondrian-ish prints. Freeing the nipple. Parisian glamour. Sexy. Olivier Rousteing of Balmain showed a chic and brave collection, making the models look ultra attactive and provocative (if you may say, anything is still provocative in today’s fashion). For a show that was about “pushing the boundaries of sex,” as Rousteing bluntly put it, it didn’t always mean sexy with safe use. The issue, in most cases, was the fabric. As eye-catching as allover crystals can be, they’re hard to slink in—harder still, we imagine, to sit down in. The collection felt not really looking into the future woman, but into the past, where showgirls had their time to shine. However, the sheer tops with bold stripes looked good, but surely not real.