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Balmain SS17 at Paris Fashion Week Credit: Getty

Balmain SS17

SS17

"Olivier Rousteing gets more and more confident each season, and his collections reflect this. Spring/Summer 2017 was largely knitwear focused, but also hit all the key trends."

Helen David, Harrods Chief Merchant

From bombshell to glamazon, this season sees the transformation of the Balmain woman into an exotic creature, clad in birds-of-paradise colours and safari-esque shapes. Kicking off with caped satin and chiffon maxi gowns in shades of tobacco and military green (Balmain Army indeed), each look featured strategic cut-outs, risqué slits and corseted waists that did a body good. Set off by glowing skin and slicked-back tresses, the likes of Natasha Poly, Alessandra Ambrosio, Jourdan Dunn and Gigi Hadid looked at once powerful and fiercely feminine.

From there, things took a turn for the wild with snake print gowns teamed with suede jackets or exotic skin coats for a print-on-print look. The kaftan, now a legitimate piece of clothing in its own right, came in liquid satin, shimmery lurex or peek-a-boo crochet in striped shades of sunset orange, amethyst, gold and black – the ultimate day-to-night piece in any woman's summer arsenal.

"Olivier Rousteing gets more and more confident each season, and his collections reflect this. Spring/Summer 2017 was largely knitwear focused, but also hit all the key trends of maxi, oversized trenches, and sexy, slouchy, layered dressing. Here we also saw the red/rust/bordeaux trend in an array of sumptuous suedes and silks," said Helen David, Harrods Chief Merchant, of the show.

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