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Editorial

The first look in the Balmain show, an iridescent silver jumpsuit, introduced the theme of the collection that Olivier Rousteing set in 2050, which is ‘only’ 32 years away, a time when people may well be dressing in chocolate wrappers. As we wait to find out, Rousteing tried to imagine the future without moving away from his own aesthetic which, aside from the metal and shine, was pushed to excess in this show, including the body-con silhouette and plenty of embellishment. A new feature was metallic tailoring, with structured statement shoulders and loose trousers, a look also proposed in quilted fabric or holographic PVC, or as a sequinned tracksuit with printed T-shirt, or else in quilted denim. Ruched, broad-shouldered mini-dresses featured trompe-l’oeil effects and/or neon colours and were styled with PVC pirate boots, while the finale offered a science fiction version of the Breton top for the Parisian of the future.