As the AW16 Balmain show came complete with a mini orchestra and cabaret singer, the ante was upped. And the French fashion house surpassed expectations, reinventing the Jolie Madame aesthetic neglecting no-nonsense military detail in favour of ruffles and frills. The shoulder-enhanced silhouette remained, as it does on this dress, but it takes a dainty turn with countess-like pearl embellishment on a sweet foundation of crushed velvet.
Balmain silk crushed-velvet dress
Exposed zip fastening at back
Plunge-neckline, draped pearl embellishment detailing at neckline, shoulder padding, long sleeves, ruched and gathered detailing at side, slit detailing at side