Once again, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West (with mother-in-law Kris, too!) risked stealing the spotlight, especially pre-show, when Kardashian was tackled by a guy in the scrum to get to her car. But that’s another story.
But it may be time to sing a different tune.
The inspiration: A photograph of Rihanna seated next to Rousteing at a fashion show after-party last season. “She looked amazing in her transparent top,” the designer wrote in the show notes. “Was I jealous? Of course not, I was inspired.” Inspired by the strong and sexy images of his childhood, he went on to explain, including Janet Jackson in “Miss Jackson, If You’re Nasty,” and Madonna in her “Erotica” moment.
Key pieces: Sharply tailored suits in traffic-stopping colors with oversized, elongated jackets and bandeau tops. Suck-it-all-in mini-dresses covered in sparkly crystal stripes, or with sheer plastic insets leaving little to the imagination. Billowy, sheer maxi skirts and gowns over briefs or bodysuits, which brought to mind red carpet looks Rihanna has worn by other designers, namely Azzedine Alaia.
The verdict: Granted, the world has become one giant red carpet. (Exhibit A: the Kardashian clan in the front row.) But for Balmain to have relevance in the real world (as opposed to the faux real world on TV), Rousteing needs to figure out a way to dress someone other than a one-monikered star, a woman who needs for her livelihood, or maybe just for her self-respect, to cover those nipples up.