Olivier Rousteing’s new collection for Balmain featured a lot of red, white, and blue to represent the American and the French flag, even though the tricolour beat the stars and stripes because this is the designer’s home nation. Raised on Michael Jackson’s music, Rousteing paid homage to him with ad hoc references such as a red biker jacket with lots of zips, a branded T-shirt in look 8, the sweatshirts and knits with illustrations reminiscent of the ‘Dangerous’ album cover and mirror-frogging, not to mention all the white socks and black loafers. The designer’s American vision also involved oversize jumpers and college cardigans with crests and ripped jeans. France responded with various types of Breton stripes, including sequinned, and the tricolour was woven, studded and printed everywhere.