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Paris Fashion Week

Balmain AW17

Leave it to Olivier Rousteing to turn the humble T-shirt into a sexy statement piece. Printed and dripping with embellishment, it was the cornerstone of his rock 'n' roll-themed Balmain collection, as modelled by a curve-a-licious line-up of ethnically-diverse models (Rousteing's much-Instagrammed Balmain Army), from Jourdan Dunn to Gigi Hadid.

In all their fringed, studded, tie-dyed and jewelled glory, the T-shirts weren't even the most decorated pieces of the collection – in fact, the 'more is more' philosophy that is being applied to fashion's hottest brands (thank you, Alessandro Michele) has long been a Rousteing mainstay. From spangly metallic mini dresses and exotic-skin body-con midis to feathered skirts and shearling animal print coats, each piece was intricately crafted and liberally layered over another for a highly textured, visually rich line-up.

Although in keeping with the current trend for long, languid silhouettes, Rousteing rightly refuses to relinquish the sex appeal that put his clothes on the map. Therefore, corset belts cinched waists and highlighted curves, while thigh-high suede and snakeskin boots emphasised legs. Not for the faint-hearted but certainly a collection that celebrates women and their silhouettes.