Under the direction of Christophe Decarnin, Balmain has riffed on a distinct sartorial signature - sleek, rock chick style embellished with as much glitz as a girl can carry.
For autumn all the hallmarks of this tried and tested style are there, but they've been diluted with just a hint of less is more. Perhaps it's the influence of newly-recruited creative consultant, stylist and Helmut Lang alum Melanie Ward, who's aesthetic leans towards the minimalist.
With a few deviations the colour scheme centred on black and gold, and there were plenty of bold sequinned jackets (with neatly tailored shoulders - gone are the bold silhouettes of seasons gone by), and bedazzled mini dresses to keep the die-hard fans happy. But for those of a less bling-orientated persuasion there were some great skinny, tailored pieces - slim-fitting suits, simple sleeveless jackets and white trousers. We'll probably be leaving the plunging, skin-tight jumpsuit to Freha Beha Erichsen though.More