Who: Iconic French house synonymous with rock-chick glamor since Olivier Rousteing took over the design helm in 2011.
Why now: Balmain’s hourglass silhouettes are updated in quilted fabrics and houndstooth, elegantly epitomizing SS14’s sense of excess.
The hot pieces: Shoulder-padded jackets with medallion buttons, heavy-duty belts and pink tops.
We say: Rousteing’s designs are both fierce and luxurious. Just one maximalist piece makes a super-chic style update.
BALANCE OF POWER Balmain’s bold prints, statement belts and gold chains are a masterclass in empowermentcredits
Words: Jane McFarland. Fashion: Helen Thomson. Photograph: Jason Lloyd-Evans