Amidst the tapestry of fashion’s evolving narrative, Balmain‘s Fall/Winter 2023 campaign has emerged as a crowning jewel, strikingly captured by none other than the genius behind the lens, Rafael Pavarotti. Pavarotti, heralded for his ability to draw the observer in with his use of contrasting shades and evocative color schemes, perfectly encapsulates the essence of Olivier Rousteing’s designs. The enthralling aqua and magenta hues chosen by Pavarotti frame the models in such a way that they are transformed, becoming luminescent embodiments of luxury and style.
But beyond the aesthetics, there’s a profound message that resonates. Pavarotti has consistently woven a thread of Black empowerment through his work, accentuating beauty in its many forms. And Olivier Rousteing, with his indelible mark on Balmain, has been echoing this sentiment, redefining what Parisian beauty signifies in today’s world. Together, these visionaries join forces, echoing a resounding message of inclusivity.
Quoting the photographer, Rafael Pavarotti remarked, “Developing the concept for this campaign with Olivier was a deeply creative experience. By highlighting the heritage of the house of Balmain, we were able to create something different, beautiful and timeless. I couldn’t be happier with the results.” This fusion of art and purpose delivers not just a collection to admire but also a message to inspire. As the pages turn on this year’s fashion tales, Balmain‘s Fall/Winter 2023 campaign is undoubtedly one for the archives.
Models: Akuol Deng Atem, Naomi Apajok, Anyier Anei, Nyaduola Gabriel, Chan Nyakong and Nyanderi Deng
Stylists: Charlotte Stockdale and Katie Lyall
Hair: Eugene Souleiman
Make-up: Chiao Li Hsu
Casting: Anita Elizabeth Bitton
Set design: Ibby Njoya
Production: Ragi Dholakia Productions