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Olivier Rousteing looks too young to be into Morrissey. And too young to design the calibre of clothes he designs for Balmain; when did he find time to learn the craft?! But from the moment the all-Morrissey soundtrack started and the intricately woven raffia dresses and blazers emerged, any age-related assumption was knocked out cold. Skill and sound covered, next came style. Giant hoop earrings (think 90s hip hop not chav), powerful square shoulders, belted waists and harlequin printed jumpsuits in liquorice allsort yellow and black made up the lyrics of a passionate love song to the 90s. High-waisted leather skirts and trousers, double then triple denim, digitally printed suits and this season’s growing trend: crop tops, took their places, of course adorned with the Balmain embellishments in crystals and mirrored beads – all the better to see yourself with. It was the perfect combination of couture technicalities, street style and power silhouettes that really did empower.
Text: Sarah Raphael
Photography: Mitchell Sams
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