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BATTLE HYMN

Doling out another round of high-shoulders, epaulets and sequins, Christophe Decarnin is sure to have satisfied the Paris Voguettes (who are his best advertisement) and the women who emulate them. This season, the Balmain woman was an army brat at a bombed-out discotheque. In a palette of olive drab, black and metallics, Decarnin created thrashed tees, some overlaid with webs of chainmail, skin-tight pants that came in leather, distressed denim, pavé sequins and cargo versions, and his must-have tough-girl jackets. Each with his signature built-up shoulders, there were biker styles — one made from croc skin — and military looks, complete with metal mesh epaulets and army pins. Sexy body-hugging dresses abounded: some had a Roman warrior feel with studs and drapery, others were slashed and coming apart, one in pavé sequins and another had strips of black leather that were laced together through metal grommets. Decarnin maintained the sexy yet tough elegance one has come to expect from Balmain.

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