It all started with a kiss. After last season’s men’s campaign picturing Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West mid-embrace, creative director Olivier Rousteing decided to continue that spirit of love and togetherness and photograph siblings for Balmain’s Fall 2015 men’s and women’s ads. “While I watched Mario [Sorrenti] capture a kiss last fall, I was struck by the love and emotion that I was witnessing in front of me,” Rousteing noted. “Starting with a determination to once again focus on the beauty of an intimate connection, my team and I quickly concluded that a celebration of the unique and unconditional love of siblings is a natural progression from the spirit of last season.”
The resulting images, also by Sorrenti, show Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Gigi and Bella Hadid, and—debuting exclusively here—Joan and Erika Smalls in Balmain’s Fall 2015 line. The process of photographing siblings was just as moving as photographing husband and wife to the creative director, who remarked, “Watching them work together also made clear to me the universality of an age-old truth: the truly powerful strength, support, and love that family members can provide to one another.” In the photo above, the Smalls sisters show off some of that power while sporting two of Rousteing’s slinky black-and-gold looks. Sure, Erika Smalls might not be a household name like her top-model sister, but one look at this image and you get the sense that might soon change.