Balmain’s lookbook gives a sense of how he delivered on that duality: The color images draw attention to some of the crazy craftsmanship that transformed sleeves into spiky scaled dragons, juxtaposed plastic pieces with crochet, and showered surfaces with large crystal confetti. The embroidery patterns were packed with Japanese characters, nature elements, and mythological motifs derived from traditional tattoos, or else comparatively minimal as glistening geometries against backdrops of velvet or quilted leather. Exaggerated volumes that suggested rigid, deconstructed kimonos added to the drama. Rousteing demonstrated how the shapes did not actually restrict the arms—they simply provide a high-impact photo op. He did not demonstrate how a dress exposing half the torso might be worn; no doubt some exhibitionist celebrity will show us sooner or later.