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Beyond Bandeau

Tempting bandeaux bewitched audiences at Paris Fashion Week for Spring Summer 2015.

On the runways at Balmain, Dries Van Noten, and Balenciaga. Via Style.com

On the runways at Balmain, Dries Van Noten, and Balenciaga.
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Bandeaus moved from glorified bra into acceptable outerwear last year, when girls from coast to coast gleefully embraced sideboob and gaping tank tops.

 

Manish Arora Spring/Summer 2015 Photo- Yanni Vlamos via Style.com

Manish Arora Spring/Summer 2015 Photo- Yanni Vlamos via Style.com

I adore this trend- possibly because it’s flattering for many body types and insanely comfortable- but didn’t anticipate it weaseling into high fashion anytime soon.

Barbara Bui Spring/Summer 2015 Photo- Kim Weston via Style.com

Barbara Bui Spring/Summer 2015 Photo- Kim Weston via Style.com

So imagine my surprise and delight when, after perusing the photographs from Paris Fashion Week, I noticed several designers showing classy version of the simple style.

Zadig & Voltaire Spring Summer 2015 Photo- Kim WestonArnold via Style.com

Zadig & Voltaire Spring Summer 2015
Photo- Kim Weston via Style.com

 

Balenciaga and Balmain both embraced the bandeau as a subtle accept on minimalist, flesh-flashing pieces.

Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2015 Photo: Monica Feudi via Style.com

Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2015
Photo: Monica Feudi via Style.com

Bandeaus at Balenciaga proved to be chic yet discrete layering pieces, nestling subtly underneath sheer, mesh, and netted dresses.

Balmain Spring/Summer 2015 Photo: Monica Feudi via Style.com

Balmain Spring/Summer 2015
Photo: Monica Feudi via Style.com

 

Balmain went bolder, using bandeaus as tops in their own right, and pairing them with classic black slacks and impeccably tailored blazers.

Dries Van Noten Spring/Summer 2015 Photo: Yannis Vlamos

Dries Van Noten Spring/Summer 2015
Photo: Yannis Vlamos

 

Yet no designer out-bold bandeaued Dries Van Noten, who layered long bandeaux over- yes that’s right, over, not under- patterned blazers and see-through button ups.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: 3 SPRING ADS THAT GOT IT RIGHT

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Celebrities modeling for high-fashion brands is nothing new, but something about the latest crop of Spring ad campaigns and their celebrity counterparts feels fresh and exciting.  This season, designers didn’t just tap the biggest faces in the biz for money-making modeling ventures; instead, it seems they focused on really finding the perfect face to fit the brand image.  The result is a season of perfectly inspiring images that we can’t tear our eyes away from.  The 3 best matchups out there?  Lupita Nyong’o for Miu Miu, Rihanna for Balmain, and Lou Doillon for Chloe.

 

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Miu Miu’s quirky Spring collection didn’t obviously lend itself to Lupita’s (insanely cool) style.  The 12 Years A Slave star is a relative newcomer who is still cementing her street cred, and is known for darker material.  Props to the decision-makers at Miu Miu for recognizing Lupita’s style potential early on and tapping her for their campaign!  The bright colors and cartoonish prints of Miu Miu’s 70s-glam collection get a luxe upgrade from Lupita’s glowing skin and attitude-filled eyes.  Although the brand also features Elizabeth Olsen, Bella Heathcote, & Elle Fanning in their Spring adverts, we love Lupita’s pics the best.

 

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In hindsight, Rihanna seems like an obvious choice for the rocker-chic house of Balmain.  While the brand has dabbled in more hardcore looks in the past, Spring’s pastels were decidedly more demure than the usual Balmain fare.  Enter RiRi.  The musician/muse lent her badass vibe to the Chanel-esque jackets with gold chain details, and the rest is history.  Fashion’s baddest fashionista’s will be dying to get their hands on this collection now that’s it’s been imbued with Rihanna’s signature brand of cool.

 

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While Lou Doillon (model, musician, daughter of Jane Birkin) might not be a household name yet, we think her latest campaign for Chloe might change that.  Her quintessentially French good looks and hard-edged beauty are a perfect match for Chloe’s ethereal, street-chic, and 70s-inspired Spring collection.  We can’t stop staring.

Are there any other perfectly-fronted Spring campaigns we missing?  (Not counting Miley for Marc- we covered that one here a few weeks ago!)

PFW Balmain F/W’13

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We were blown away by the Balmain collection presented at Paris Fashion Week earlier today. The brand stayed true to their incredible detail in the clothing and love for creative and luxurious pieces. This collection was a mix of futuristic items combined with elements of Indian and eastern influences. The jewel tone colors of the deep emeralds, sapphire blues, ruby reds, plum purples and vibrant magenta’s are colors you would find in the crown jewels or a spice market. The execution was impeccable, and the styling of the hair and makeup kept the overall look modern and easy. From the bold shoulders, to the harem pants, statement wrapped skirts and one shoulder tops, this collection took us to faraway places. Overall, bravo to this extravagant collection and wonderful combinations of futuristic edge meets magic carpet ride.

 

 

 

 

PFW Balmain F/W'13

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We were blown away by the Balmain collection presented at Paris Fashion Week earlier today. The brand stayed true to their incredible detail in the clothing and love for creative and luxurious pieces. This collection was a mix of futuristic items combined with elements of Indian and eastern influences. The jewel tone colors of the deep emeralds, sapphire blues, ruby reds, plum purples and vibrant magenta’s are colors you would find in the crown jewels or a spice market. The execution was impeccable, and the styling of the hair and makeup kept the overall look modern and easy. From the bold shoulders, to the harem pants, statement wrapped skirts and one shoulder tops, this collection took us to faraway places. Overall, bravo to this extravagant collection and wonderful combinations of futuristic edge meets magic carpet ride.