Olivier Rousteing’s Balmain army was out in force at Paris Fashion Week today, taking to the catwalk to showcase the SS16 collection. Of course, no Balmain show would be complete without a Kardashian or two, and aside from Kris Jenner proudly sitting in her usual FROW spot, Kendall made a welcome return to fashion week too, having been absent from some of the biggest shows so far this season.
Joan Smalls, Jourdan Dunn, Doutzen Kroes, Alessandra Ambrosio, Lily Donaldson and Lily Aldridge all joined Kendall in the model line-up, as well as fashion’s new power pair, Gigi and Bella Hadid. Yep, the Balmain babes basically read like a who’s who of supermodels, and the clothes themselves delivered everything we’ve come to expect from the French fashion house.
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Cut-out suede dresses, sheer lattice-effect skirts, ruffled maxis, lace-up frocks, second-skin jumpsuits and sky-high heels all came in typically bold colours; tan, vivid greens and flashes of orange and purple.
Waist belts, lace-up heels and power shoulders all gave a nod to the most prevalent decade on the catwalks so far for SS16: the 80s. And with a largely nude colour palette with body con cuts, it seems like Olivier Rousteing was definitely designing with a certain Kardashian in mind…
Fierce metal collars and statement jewels completed the looks, and Balmain’s glamazons certainly didn’t disappoint.
Many of the supers in the show are the stars of the new Balmian x H&M campaign, which sees the first glimpses of the full high street collection, set to launch on 5th November. With heavy embellishment and structured mini dresses galore, the H&M line bears a striking resemblance to Balmain’s mainline, which suggests that this collaboration may sell even faster than previous ranges, designed by the likes of Lanvin and Alexander Wang, have done.
Well, as Kendall, Gigi and co just proved: ain’t no army like a Balmain army.