Model Makeovers Courtesy Of Balmain

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With an A-List harem, ornately embellished and glitter-studded collections and an equally star-studded front row, Olivier Rousteing is never one for doing anything by halves. And the AW16 Balmain show certainly lived up to expectations. Momager and member of the Balmain inner-circle Kris Jenner sat front row alongside Kanye (hood up, head down) and Kim to the electrifying soundtrack of a live orchestra, complete with harpist and guitarist, as Kendall Jenner opened the show with newly blonde locks. Don't panic, it was a wig. Kendall was closely followed by Gigi Hadid also sporting a new do/brunette wig and fellow social media supermodel Jordan Dunn. Olivier's girl gang is the definition of #squadgoals.

In keeping with Rousteing's house signature, the collection focused on sexy silhouettes with cinched waists, and feathery, frilly fringing. There was plenty of suede, thigh high boots, spray-on leggings, tulip shaped skirts and lace, all in a super feminine palette of pastel colours. However, the candy colours that the show opened with later transitioned into a more gothic, black section as Joan Smalls, Lily Donaldson and Lineisy Montero stepped out in darker, more sultry pieces that fused lingerie with party wear.
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The orchestra performed renditions of Savage Garden's "To the Moon and Back" and Queen's "Under Pressure" as models including Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (also debuting brunette hair) concluded the final passage of the show, that was more embellished and gold-tinged than ever, closed by Kendall. We can always count on Olivier for grandeur and the most glamorous girls in the game. Bravo Balmain army, we all want a piece of Balmania.

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