The winds of war were also blowing at Balmain but Olivier Rousteing is proud of his army and defends it by affirming that, “Fashion is sometimes aggressive….bad critics, they kill you”. Balmain-Rousteing’s soldiers wore their sexy hussar uniforms, skinny or low crotch trousers tucked into black leather boots, cropped cadet jackets with buttons and/or rows of gilded toggles, obi-style sashes with hanging ties and tassels, knits with crests and metallic embellishments, and long black leather gloves. There was plenty of velvet and decorations, red and black checks, quilting, gilding and Fabergé motifs in a clash of eras – mainly 1700s and 1800s, war-mongers but very aristocratic at the same time.