balmain s/s 2012

This was Olivier Rousteing's first big runway presentation as creative director for Balmain. He described the collection as "Mixing the tailoring of Mexico and the glamour of Vegas". The new kid eschewed his predecessor Decarnin's tattered, trashy tees (amen to that) for clean, white versions and elborately embroidered tops. The southwestern flavour was made apparent with fringe, oversize gilded cowboy belt buckles, and the light denim in shirts and sweeping skirts. There was also a bit of a lighter side to the collection with lovely wallpaper-floral motif trousers and a dress in baby blue. Given the label's success in recent years, Rousteing has big shoes to fill; but if this solid effort was any indication, those shoes should fit him nicely.


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