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Editorial

While turning away from sinuous and hyper-sexy lines, Olivier Rousteing for Balmain showed a collection that was still designed for proud, body-confident women, as revealed by sky high splits, deep necklines, cut-outs and transparencies. The lines were generally loose and fluid. Kaftans and tunics fell vertically, elongating the silhouette, and were belted with thin belts to body shields. Skirts were also long and fluid, high-waisted yet open over the legs, while trousers too were slit up the leg. There was lots of layering and asymmetry but it was colour that turned out to be the key component – a palette of oranges, greens, blues, purples and metallic tints emphasised the knit, python, suede and silk.