Creative director Olivier Rousteing opens the show walking up to a set of screens and turning them on to find his models in different places. If this doesn’t represent the last year of everyone communicating via zoom, I don’t know what is. 

When the real show finally starts, you can tell it is on top of the wing of an Air France 777, currency one that has not been in use since travelling restrictions are among the many we have faced over the past year. 

This concept can be seen as both a reflection of the last year and also what we hope to see in the near future. Balmain’s embellished looks were not the entire focus of the show as Olivier decided on another path that would fit this collection a bit better. 

With aviation as the focal point, Balmain’s collection focuses on more utilitarian pieces, like aviator jackets, flight suits and even materials like parachute silks. These looks brought together with vibrate colours like neon yellow and orange along with neutrals like army green and nudes to conclude a show that coincides with the times perfectly. With the addition to metallic, the collection comes together and makes a big statement, one that is out of this world.