Elongated blazers, oversized trousers and printed blouses, reminiscent of a retro Miami Beach era, rounded out the Balmain 2013 Resort collection. The addition of textured mini shorts and dresses toned down the heavy menswear influence on the collection, which invoked a muted sexiness through creative director Olivier Rousteing. Rousteing focused on his South Beach and Latin influence for the line, staying true to the region’s essence of “fun, happiness, and hope.”

While our affinity for black and gothic tones is apparent, a this off-tone pastel palette is just what we needed to see, presenting the Blamain women as dignified, sophisticated, yet maintaining her lurking darkness.

The finest moments of the collection come up subtly, then overwhelm a spectator like the detailed open-toed booties paired with mini leather shorts and oversized men’s blazer, or the basket-woven gold jacket paired with a Beetle Juice print cuffed trouser.

With her restrained power, the Balmain 2013 Resort woman is ingenuously independent.

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