Humberto Leon and Carol Lim aren't the only ones in the hot seat this season. After the sudden departure of Christophe Decarnin last season, the reins at Balmain have been placed in the hands of 25 year-old newbie, Olivier Rousteing and the pressure is on. Balmain is big business so there's not much room for newcomer's errors, especially during these precarious economic times. That said, Rousteing did well.
Having worked under Decarnin for the past two years, it to be expected that the collection would not steer too far from what we've seen in the past. Jackets were the centre of attention, naturally, coming in embroidered gold and white styles - a colour palette that popped up throughout the collection. Dresses and skirts remained super short and the tops tucked into belted trousers continued the aesthetic that Decarnin and Emmanuelle Alt mastered. But he did introduce some new elements like a subtle floral print on dresses and small additions like the use of wide length trousers added a more classy feeling compared to the OTT and over-exposed style that they've been churning out for the last few seasons.
But the biggest challenge for Rousteing is moving the brand forward and that's not an easy task. While their 80s jackets, over-expensive denim and embellishments worked really well two or three seasons ago, there's quickly feeling dated and samey so if Balmain wants to remain a frontrunner, we'll have to see something different and soon.