Close up: Balmain Totally eye-catching SS18 collection

This season Rousteing had played with new shapes, and one was a close long dress with a spurt of layered ruffle at the hem. Totally eye-catching, but movement-constricting, too.

The lace, beading, and embroidery work on women’s dresses were exact and extravagant. Yet sprinkled within the sparkle were looks like a black leather biker worn over a long fine neutral toned knit, black jeans, and boots: very much Rousteing’s own day-to-day wear. He wanted to reflect his own dress in this collection, he said.