BALMAIN SS20 women’s collection

Rousteing owned who he is in a collection that sometimes felt like a deliberate provocation to the haters—who don’t need much prompting—to flex their fingers, reach for their keyboards, and show themselves as hateful.

Yes, very well spotted, there were riffs on Chanel and Mugler and Montana and more: Rousteing has spent nearly a decade as creative director at Balmain, he knows this stuff too, just like he knew Karl, and he knows you know. Fashion is a referential conversation refreshed by individual interjection. This morning, both the carpet and the monochrome looks that bookended the show resonated with Rousteing’s recent racial self-discovery. The collection as a whole was framed around his experience as a kid in the late 1990s and early 2000s listening to Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Destiny’s Child. Look 63 was an extremely Balmain-ified tribute to Beyoncé’s crop track top in the Crazy in Love video. (