Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing has a knack for ornamentation, and after his past Las Vegas-inspired extravaganza, he has moved on to Russia — particularly Fabergé and Russian palace architecture — for pre-fall. The collection was rich in embellishment and color palettes, with dark green velvet, quilted leather and pastel prints throughout. What looked modern here were the new silhouettes, from a micro sweatshirt dress to maxi pants; even his beloved biker blouson came in an oversize proportion this season. Also inspired by rich loungewear, Rousteing showed robes meant to be worn as a dress or thrown over pants, such as the elongated tuxedo military coat with bold gold buttons.

Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing has a knack for ornamentation, and after his past Las Vegas-inspired extravaganza, he has moved on to Russia — particularly Fabergé and Russian palace architecture — for pre-fall. The collection was rich in embellishment and color palettes, with dark green velvet, quilted leather and pastel prints throughout. What looked modern here were the new silhouettes, from a micro sweatshirt dress to maxi pants; even his beloved biker blouson came in an oversize proportion this season. Also inspired by rich loungewear, Rousteing showed robes meant to be worn as a dress or thrown over pants, such as the elongated tuxedo military coat with bold gold buttons.

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