Balmain Resort 2016 Lookbook

Ysaunny Brito & Julia van Os for Balmain Resort 2016

Ysaunny Brito & Julia van Os for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito & Julia van Os for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Dominican model Ysaunny Brito and Dutch model Julia van Os star in Balmain‘s gorgeous Resort 2016 lookbook photographed by AJ Numan and creative directed by Pascal Dangin of KiDS Creative.

For Resort 2016, Olivier Rousteing has transformed Balmain’s Army into a band of bold explorers, setting off for adventures in distant worlds filled with diverse cultures and new ideas. Therefore, the clean and neutral tones of the desert— khaki, sand and white—form an important part of his collection.

But don’t fool yourself: the colors may not always be as bold as those of previous seasons, but this remains a collection designed for Balmain’s distinctly strong and assertive woman. “Over the last five years, I’ve created a new, recognizable Balmain silhouette,” explains Rousteing. “It is inspired by the secure and powerful women that I see around me and admire so much. Of course, that silhouette, continues—but for this collection, I wanted to push the look a bit further, by exploring a new range of colors and possibilities.”

Beyond the desert, Balmain’s explorers also take to the sea. Coral provides strong pops of color and its unique textures and patterns show up throughout, in many distinct forms. Rousteing relies on the skills and craftsmanship of Balmain’s famed ateliers for his intricately woven cord and knotted leather pieces that riff on the look of traditional fishnets.

Rousteing sees the exploration theme as being a particularly apt one for Balmain. House founder, Pierre Balmain, famously treated his couture atelier as a laboratory, continually searching for new methods to push past the boundaries of his day. And Paris itself has a singular history of fascination with and incorporation of the cultures and styles of faraway lands. “French fashion has long been a celebration of diversity and the rich offerings of other cultures—that’s probably what I admire most about it,” says Rousteing. “This collection highlights that tradition of melding the best of new discoveries with Parisian savoir-faire.”

Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Julia van Os for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Julia van Os for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Julia van Os & Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Julia van Os & Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Julia van Os & Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Julia van Os & Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Julia van Os for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Julia van Os for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Julia van Os for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Julia van Os for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito & Julia van Os for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito & Julia van Os for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Julia van Os & Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Julia van Os & Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito & Julia van Os for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito & Julia van Os for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito & Julia van Os for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito & Julia van Os for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito & Julia van Os for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito & Julia van Os for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Julia van Os for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Julia van Os for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Julia van Os for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Julia van Os for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito & Julia van Os for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito & Julia van Os for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito & Julia van Os for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito & Julia van Os for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito & Julia van Os for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito & Julia van Os for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Ysaunny Brito for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Julia van Os for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan

Julia van Os for Balmain Resort 2016 photographed by AJ Numan