Balmain fall/winter 2016 collection is all about roaming free across various lands. Rousteing was citing the mindset and styles of the adventurers, soldiers and scientists who, in the past, went off exploring the globe before returning to Paris and delighting natives with their tales and finds. His show notes talked of how this eagerness to embrace a diversity of creations, cultures and ideas has continued over generations and centuries. Whether or not you like his approach or designs, it must be acknowledged that he has broken down barriers. He proudly champions black Beauty, he builds clothes for a body shape that until now hasn’t got a look in in fashion given the obsession with teenage white girls. He casts women and men from all over the world-from Lucky Blue Smith and Jon Kortajarena to Marlon Teixeira and Sean O’Pry, Rousteing brought together an all-star line-up for his Balmain menswear .Rousteing is the ultimate example of a 2016 designer – showy, sexy, a social media celebrity. He may breakdown the barriers that used to exist between the celebrity world and the fashion world. Balmain Men looked rugged and macho, women sensual and trussed-up. The former were clad in military inspired pieces such as tight leathers, waist belts, decorated waistcoats and riding boots alongside bejewelled frock jackets that could have been borrowed from the aristocracy. When viewing the wardrobe of the women, one wondered if Rousteing is staking a claim to get Balmain back on the couture schedule, such was the intensity of that beading.