Paris Fashion Week: Checking in with Balmain

Olivier Rousteing does it again. For the second runway season as Balmain’s head designer, the young talent delivered more of the same refreshing innovation we saw in his stellar debut. Fall 2012 is all about balancing intricacy with simplicity, and Rousteing illustrates this idea well by pairing busy embellished tops with solid bottoms. Then there were the bodycons.

In true Balmain fashion, Rousteing presented a set of bodycon party dresses that will soon become the seasonal uniform for just about every model off duty. While a few of them were rather predictable, there were some jaw-dropping numbers framed with vividly gorgeous cameo portraits in the center. More of that, please.

View the complete collection here

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