Opening Looks from Balmain (l) and Balenciaga (r)
If you're thankful that great minds think alike then forget the person behind the mind for a second and just consider what you think of their thoughts. Olivier Rousteing at Balmain and Nicolas Ghesquiere at Balenciaga both opened their Spring 2013 collections with definite silhouette and high waists on the brain. Balmain delved full on into the 80's and Balenciaga tore a page out of the 90's. However, both offered the key motivating forward factor in their fabrics with Rousteing showing clever and pretty amazing unconventional knitwear even on top of tailoring and Ghesquiere offering updates of his scuba silk for a modern lace effect.
Not sure if the ladies are ready to delve back into the 80's full on but the techniques and handiwork in the Rousteing-led Balmain collection speak volumes (literally and figuratively).
The house of Balenciaga has always been about shape and Ghesquiere brings his fabric innovations to the table in textural, innovative and deceptively feminine ways.
*Photos Courtesy of Style.com.