For spring/summer 2012 Balmain has switched designers. Christophe Decarnin handed over the reigns back in April after a rumor of ill-health – and five years service with the French fashion house – passing it down to Olivier Rousteing, who had worked with Decarnin since 2009.
However the style did not change and this was a loyal showcase of Balmain’s brand DNA. Sexy and smart the collection encompassed signature power dresses in light denim with gold foil complete with 80s chain linked belts and matching jewellery.
Jackets were feminine but tough with impressive built up shoulders alongside jeweled collar shirts, embellished dresses and monochrome pieces. Fabulous for day wear was the white cotton sweatshirts and floor length pale denim maxi skirts. For evening there was a sharp shift to tiny sequined hot pants, floral brocaded jackets, dresses and tops – some quilted – as well as jewel waistbands on clothing and fringed vests, complete with black and gold stones.
Models hair and make-up was chic and simple with a slight slick back mid pony tail (it seems they are here to stay after frequenting nearly every autumn/winter 2011 show) and rose-tinted lips complete with dark penciled eyes.