Paris: The presentation of Balmain’s fall collection came with the surprising news that designer Christophe Decarnin had been hospitalized for depression since January. Although his actual involvement in the collection has been the subject of debate, its overall cleaned-up aesthetic hinted at a subtle change behind the scenes. Instead of Decarnin’s signature ripped tees, the collection delivered crisp woven tanks with just a single slash up the side. Along with the minimalist tops, sleek jumpsuits and slim, tailored pants gave the collection an underlying polish. Whatever may be taking place at the historic house, glam-rock metallic suits, glitzy minidresses and fur-trimmed shoulder pads showed that Decarnin’s influence was still very much intact.

Color: Black / Powder blue / Steel blue / Inky blue / Yellow gold / Silver

Key Items: Plunge-front jumpsuit / Embellished jacket / Mosaic dress / Slim knickers / Collarless blazer / Tuxedo shirt / Woven cutaway tank / Sparkly baseball jacket / Suspender suit

Print + Pattern: Oil slick / Chevrons

Materials: Crinkled lamé / Foiled leather / Metallic mesh

Details + Trim: Long-haired fur / Mirror appliqués / Lurex fringe / Rhinestones / Glass beads / Sequins

Accessories + Footwear: Granny boots / Lamé scarf

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