Rafael Pavarotti remains the name on everyone’s lips, and his body of work continues to go from strength to strength. Major fashion brands like Ferragamo, Dior Man and Alberta Ferretti have called upon the Brazilian lensman recently to capture their advertising campaign and now Olivier Rousteing follows suit at Balmain. The partnership appears to be a match made in heaven, with Pavarotti’s strong aesthetic complementing Roustening’s bold and graphic Fall 2023 Balmain collection to perfection in the visually-arresting campaign imagery. Models Akuol Deng Atem, Anyier Anei, Naomi Apajok, Nyaduola Gabriel and Nyakong Chan strike dynamic poses before colorful and vivid backdrops, with the campaign complete with styling from Charlotte Stockdale and Katie Lyall.
Ultimately, the end result had our forum members a divided bunch. “I like Rafael’s work but it’s getting so repetitive. More of the same here,” critiqued BlueRuin.
In the same frame of mind was zacatecas570: “Pavarotti is so overrated, his work is just too much!”
“One can never be sure whether to like or not to like Pavarotti’s work. There’s something missing that I cant put a finger on,” Urban Stylin voiced.
DK92, however, was left very pleasantly surprised: “I don’t normally like Rafael, but somehow the clothes and his style work here. Indeed the best Balmain campaign under Olivier!”
“Spectacular, really. Pavarotti understands Olivier’s sculptural looks and lights them impeccably. The colors, the black painted nails, all works perfectly with the dramatic looks,” approved Nimsay.
Vogue28 voiced: “Olivier Rousteing’s Balmain and Rafael Pavarotti appear to be a match made in heaven! What a fantastic campaign, so bold and graphic. The colors are gorgeous, love how vibrant and glossy this feels, and how Pavarotti’s photography complements Rousteing’s collection here. The girls all look divine!”
Agree or disagree? See more from Balmain’s Fall 2023 advertising campaign and join the conversation, here.