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The look:
Having inspired half the Paris catwalks with the architecturally shaped shoulders it first introduced two seasons’ ago, Balmain took a futuristic turn for autumn 09. Summer’s stonewashed jeans and Sergeant Pepper jackets gave way to a sexier handwriting characterised by rivet strewn shiny fabrics, Barbarella mini dresses and yet more anvil shoulders.

Key pieces:
Edged with ruffled chiffon, Balmain’s single shouderedoil slick mini dresses set a sexy note which flitted between street-chic tailoring and space-age glamour. Balmain’s statement shouders appeared across the board, from biker jackets to tailored blazers in a palette that veered from black only to take in silver and electric blue.

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