Oct 16, 2018 | By Nigel Taylor
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VIVA LAS VEGAS
Paris: Christopher Decarnin’s departure from Balmain earlier this year left quite a hole to fill. Would the brand’s signature tight-fitting shapes, ultrashort hemlines and maximum glitz remain? The answer was yes and no. Twenty-six year old designer Olivier Rousteing kept the signature hemlines, the sparkle and the glove-like fits but he added a slouchy, tailored sophistication and a fresh inspiration that seamlessly merged Las Vegas rodeo glitz with a Mexican toreador flare. Intricate beading, tooling and quilting created encrusted, textured surfaces that communicated a tongue-in-cheek old school sense of luxury while relaxed denim pieces, chic cropped jackets and crisp tuxedo-inspired separates grounded the Sin City sparkle. –Shannon Davenport
Silhouette: Bodycon / Slim / Flared
Color: Gold / Black / White / Light blue / Faded salmon / Light lavender
Key Items: Matador jackets / Embellished silk buttonups / Hot shorts / Embroidered jackets / Bodycon mini dresses / Gold embroidered jeans / Leather pants / Cuff sleeved tees / Buttonfront maxi skirts
Print + Pattern: Motel wallpaper motifs / Bedspread-inspired florals / Baroque swirls
Materials: Silk / Leather / Suede / Denim
Details + Trim: Metal buttons / Heavy beading / Sequins / Rhinestones / Embroidery / Lacing / Studs / Gems / Quilting / Tooling / Chain fringe / Extra high waists
Accessories + Footwear: Engraved cuffs / Rodeo-inspired large buckle belts / Leather and chain belts and cuffs / Western inspired suede booties
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