Balmain Spring/Summer 2019

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Sparkling in lavish colors that bounce off like a disco ball, Balmain’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection is immaculate in its presentation but lacking in its practicality. Yes, the runway show is fun to admire from a distance with its garment choices, but any consideration for actually purchasing and wearing these items quickly goes out the window as a recurring theme is reflective material. Perhaps some men do enjoy casting such attention upon themselves, but the typical consumer will not find comfort in these bright, almost corny garments. Specifically speaking, I did not enjoy when the collection became lost in its own artistic expression, having a model wear an entire top to bottom outfit in reflective, almost science fiction-esque material. It is a shame there is not a closer line between practicality and artistry within this collection as there is a lot to be in awe of, but unfortunately too much is lost in the translation from seeing the collection, to actually making the choice to wear it.