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Balmain AW15, Womenswear, Dazed backstage, Paris
Left, Kendall Jenner (Elite), right, Gigi Hadid (IMG) backstage at Balmain AW15Photography Virginia Arcaro

Balmain AW15

An all-star cast of 80s power women take to Olivier Rousteing’s runway with sex appeal and structured shoulders

Initial reaction:

Considering his love of strong women, it's no surprise that Olivier Rousteing would take his vision for Balmain back to the 80s – the time when they really began to dress for success. His AW15 collection was an all out celebration of the era.

More is more:

Power shoulders and nipped in waists are hardly new territory for the house, but this season they came injected with clashing bright hues of orange, purple and magenta. Lace catsuits with flared legs and Mondrian-esque cage pieces provided the signature sex appeal, while models wore oversized earrings, throwing it back to the era where bigger was always better.

Star studded:

The 80s was also the start of the supermodel era, so it was only fitting that Rousteing bring along an all-star cast of the world’s favourite (and most followed) faces to join the Balmain army. The catwalk was taken to by the likes of Dazed cover star  Kendall Jenner, star of the brand’s AW14 campaign Jourdan Dunn, Jessica Stam, Karlie Kloss, Lily Donaldson, Anna Ewers and Gigi Hadid. 

The soundtrack to Balmain AW15: