For Spring 2013, Balmain went Working Girl !
designer Olivier Rousteing was clearly inspired by decades past and offered up a runway show that could have easily doubled as a George Michael
The 80s references were hard to ignore... skinny
trousers, crop tops and exaggerated shoulders were central components of the collection , but so was the painstaking attention to detail displayed on Rousteing’s embellished and woven wicker pieces. Jackets, pullovers and mini dresses were done in intricate baroque wicker-weaving and topped with jewels and the designer also incorporated eye-catching harlequin prints and vertical stripes on low-cut jumpsuits, high-waisted peg-leg trousers and oversize smoking jackets.
“Today, under the ornate chandeliers of the Grand Hotel, he took the Nineties as his reference point, transferring the house’s DNA - and his own mixed in with it - into a collection that saw singer Sade play muse. "
So it was time to rewind the clocks to when big big shoulders of the triangular and oversized 7gangster proportion were in and show them off to full effect with tapered high-waisted trousers and accessorise to the Nineties max with a teased single plait and huge hoop earrings.