If you love boots (and let's face it, they occupy a whole separate category of their own with very different design rules) - you're going to absolutely adore Balmain's pre-fall 2013 collection, which is already setting a style tone for the rest of the year. Dramatic twists on classic designs make for a truly exceptional collection, full of Art-Deco inspiration, spun gold thread and black beading in abundance. There's also a good deal of tortoiseshell, which is a detail I particularly approve of!

Check out the highlights here.