The Balmain fall/winter 2020 runway collection is nothing short of amazing. The runway show was trendsetting, stylish and immaculate. Of all of the shows that I review each season, Balmain’s fall collection is always among my favorite. Season after season, Balmain’s fall collections never fail to stun me, and I have to take a little extra time to take it in and assess the little details that inevitably go on to influence the rest of the fashion world.
Each runway show Balmain produces has a lingering element to the work it showcases. Unlike many runway shows, Balmain’s fall/winter collections have two vital elements–influence and staying-power.
Spring and Summer are always well-done, however the fall/winter collections are particularly memorable, the impact of each sending ripples of influence that are felt across the globe. Below are a few of my favorite things from the Balmain fall/winter 2020 collection.
The show opened with a militantly arranged army of stoic 1980’s-esq glamazons marching in the signature trench coats, knee-length boots and over-sized glasses that are so closely associated with the brand’s aesthetic. The trench coats were followed by something equally stylish but far more surprising. Elegantly draped cloaks in camel and honey-colored hues came billowing down the runway framing oversize, belted jackets.
The old adage comes to mind–“there’s nothing new under the sun.” While Balmain presents fresh and current collections each season, there is an underlying element of 80’s glamour that the brand remains true to. The Balmain 2020 fall/winter collection is loosely reminiscent of the 2013 fall/winter collection. Below is a view of the runway show, as well as a few looks that I’m sure will have an impact our style this fall season.
Capes will no doubt be seen in a higher frequency this season. From smaller more simple pieces to full-on dramatic cloaks, the cape styled shawls we saw on the runway at the Balmain show will no doubt spark this into a trend.
Whether you’re belting an oversized blazer or jacket, this chic style option is as effortless as it is effective. Easily dressed up or down, belting your outerwear is a great was to add detail and interest to your look.
The Oversize Factor
This is something that I’ve always played with in my personal style, especially during the fall. Having one oversized piece in your look is a great way to create contrast and a stylish element of drama. In the case of Balmain, the oversize element came from the boots. Stylishly scrunched knee-high pieces added a semi-casual element to the more up-scale tone to runway looks.