Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear
February 08, 2013 New York
After a sweet Spring, Pierre Balmain re-embraced its rebel side for Fall. The label, sister of big Balmain but designed separately, let it be known via press notes that this season was informed by a sixties spin. Emma Peel, the leather-suited heroine of The Avengers, was mentioned. And yes, there was leather, plenty of it: shirts, dresses, stretch pants. If the slinkier bits were short and tight, the outerwear trended large: wool capes (there are those sixties, then), oversize bikers, a double-breasted greatcoat for Peel's gentleman partner in crime (or crime-fighting, but the line's a fine one). The whole held together nicely, given that black usually tends to go with black, and leather with leather. Any criticism more directed than that would feel nitpicky. Pierre Balmain is fashion-as-fun. Besides, as the first of this season's Digital Fashion Shows, it's the first to do away with the boundary that once separated the critics from the public. Now anyone can watch, embed, share, and stream this show and those like it. It's everyone's collection now. Make of it what you will.