It wasn’t only my first Balmain presentation; it was new head designer Olivier Rousteing’s too.
The (rather cute) designer didn’t take the Parisian fashion house too far away from its rock n’ roll roots for this Spring 2012 collection, much to the relief of Kate Moss, Rihanna and Alex Gerrard.
We saw plenty of gold-studded, fringed and embellished details on leather jackets, second-skin mini dresses, tops and short leather skirts.
These looks were presented on a colour palette of black, light-wash denim, ice white, silver and gold.
The main focus points were the lightweight denim and leather maxi skirts, the delightfully sinful hot pants, the high waistlines and the wide belts with large gold buckles.
Aside from the celebrity red carpet looks and party pieces, there were plenty of everyday wearable looks within this collection like the ice blue sweaters, white jeans (hello Liz Hurley), denim shirts, slouchy leather pants and white blouses.
Models sported high ponytails and barely-there makeup.
Key accessories included gold cuffs, open-toe ankle boots and gold embellished ankle boots.
Front row: Siriwanwaree Nareerat, Anna Wintour, Rachel Zoe and Anna Dello Russo
Who I See Wearing This Collection: Cameron Diaz, Celine Dion, Zoe Saldana, Ciara, Rihanna, Kristen Stewart, Saoirse Ronan, Halle Berry, Daisy Lowe, Diane Kruger, Fergie, Noomi Rapace, Lake Bell, Rose Byrne, Sonam Kapoor, Zoe Kravitz, Jennifer Lopez and Angelina Jolie