Oliver Rousteing’s Fall 2012 collection for the house of Balmain was simply riveting and jaw dropping in it’s Baroque richness. Rousteing’s line up had it all from ultra-rich ornamentation, including needlepoint design embroidery with pearls and crystals, and of course obligatory tough girl studding, plus a whole new take on the iconic Balmain jackets and uber sexy dresses. Oversize boxy jackets, slim cut trousers and body conscious dresses defined the silhouette for the collection. The iconic Balmain smoking jacket was transformed into new a sportier oversize version as were the other jackets using sumptuous stamped brocades that were deliberately decadent and unapologetic over the top. “I love the richness of all that jewelry, specifically of the pearls and it was important for me to keep that richness. At the same time, it was important to have a new and strong shape at Balmain,” explained Rousteing. There was a sculpted, crosshatched (quilted) white leather mini with intricate Faberge egg inspired rose needlepoint design that set the tone for the show followed by a crew neck sweater embellished with the same, along with pearls and crystals over slim velvet pants. Oliver Rousteing triumphant collection evoked the richness and luxury of the baroque period setting Balmain on a path to soar again.