May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Paris: Olivier Rousteing’s latest collection for Balmain was graphic with grids and stripes blocking the body. The female form was still celebrated though, and clearly seen – through sheer Perspex panels. Some silhouettes featured languid layers and handkerchief hemlines – a key trend for the season. The Balmain woman is no doubt bold and this season’s colour palette furthered that suggestion of fortitude – primary colours blocked against black and white on strict figure-hugging suits comprised of pencil skirts and belted collarless jackets. There was little need for ornamentation in a collection so dramatic – it was all about the cut. – Elle Hankinson
Silhouette: Structured and square / Sculpted and flared
Key items: Mondrian-esque paneled tuxedo waistcoat / Grid sweaters / Cutaway tuxedo jacket with wrap fastening / Bandage top / Zip-through grid pencil skirt / Glitter stripe palazzo pants / Negative space slip dress / Gold panel glitter dress / Stipe suiting
Colour: Black / Royal blue / Optical white / Saffron / Banana yellow / Flame red / Gold
Print & Pattern: Crystal embellishment / Perspex panels / Graphic checks / Gradient stripes / Gold rivets
Materials & knits: Plissé mousseline / Nylon knitwear / Leather / Sheer silk / Marabou feathers
Footwear: Caged sandals / Cutaway leather booties
Accessories: Butter leather and gold wide waist belt / Perspex and gold neck cuff / Perspex caged wrist cuffs / Patent black waist belts
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