The rock glam strokes from Balmain whipped buyers and editors into a frenzy yesterday in Paris, but it was the austere precision of Bruno Pieters’ a/w ’09 collection that had us transfixed. Pieters is a master technician and each of his pieces read like a miniature edifice, scaled and weighted without any margin for error.
Simple, multi-seam pencil skirts served as the base for several looks, with restrained drama playing out in origami pleats that jutted off fitted jackets and bow-like folds from the neckline of mini dresses. In Pieters’ architectural oeuvre, the squared-off shoulders were decidedly different from the blown up parodied versions seen across numerous other collections—the mini-capelets were particular standouts. And then there was the focus on the heavy, stiff looking woolly fabrics, tweeds and a tight grouping of bronzy metallics. With so much chasing of the trends these days, it’s encouraging to see a designer staying the course and elevating his constructionist aesthetic signature to new heights.