Can Olivier Rousteing practice restraint? It’s a valid question givenhis past more-is-much-more tendencies. For fall, he made a statementwith a Balmain lineup that was indeed pared down, by his standards atleast.

Gone were the flashy inspirations of Las Vegas, Miami and Russia,replaced here with “Freedom, and part of my youth,” Rousteing saidbackstage before the show. “This time, the only travel I did was tomyself, to my generation  and to global ethnicities.”

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