A Balmain women, when under the direction of Christophe Decarnin, was always ready to walk into battle or hang with the band in muted tones and box glitter gold jackets. Usually you could spot a Balmain girl or design a mile off, however, now under the direction of Olivier Rousteing (this is his second season with the brand) there is something new in the DNA. Rousteing seems to have taken the label in a more grown up direction, whilst still showing the same aesthetics that you associate with the French fashion house.
Therefore for his autumn/winter 2012/13 collections Rousteing showed us a selection of beautiful brocade and dresses, tops and jackets with opulent shades of peal white and golds mixed in with Henry VIII style tapestry clothing in heavy black materials and white thread consisting of leggings, trousers, loose-fitting jackets which was carried over into oyster shade suits: these armour fashion suits made a statement to the fashion world that the Balmain women will always be ready for battle.
Alongside this there was the usual metallic Balmain biker jacket and padded jeans; all swathed in studs, cut-out materials and an assortment of cultural references. Finally box quilt jackets, black suits, jackets, trousers all embossed with gold buttons and chain link belts completed the collection.