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Balmain Spring Summer 2016 Showroom Sneak Peek

30th July 2015

It is the third consecutive Safari and Adventurer collection we have seen, but the era of Balmain’s menswear has never been so superseded by something more. The first ever menswear runway show by the Parisian house not only mark’s a new milestone in its history, the collection itself differs to be somewhat different, combining the best attributes from its pedigree – most notable the Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Glamazon Boys and Balmain Spring Summer 2013 Military Safari menswear collections. The Balmain Spring Summer 2016 menswear collection can perhaps be best described as an innovated approach in practical luxury at ease, but of course there will always be those extravagant pieces one could only dream about.

The good old Balmain trademark treatment given to its latest menswear collection could only mean one thing, bolder looks, significant details, larger embroidery, distinctive embellishments and a lot more choice for the mortal with deep pockets to experiment. Despite it’s luxurious attitude and signature aesthetics it’s quite an understated collection, you can arguably wear most of the collection around town and not cause a single battled eyelid. Well of course if you opt for the right pieces, especially those that are heritage towards the classic biker or skewed towards the safari wearer, such as the cargo utility trousers and jackets to name a few. Isn’t that the best attribute of wearing Balmain? Understated elegance, only those who recognize the little details will be able to find genuine appreciation.

At the label’s showroom on 44 Rue Francois 1er, there were, admittedly, articulated clothing on racks sorted based on characteristics. At one end, there are the adventurer’s light linens in khaki and whites derived from the Safari concept, while the other side showcases the vigorous animal prints perhaps more suitable for a flamboyant celebrity, leading it towards powerful runway quilted leather, embroidered and embellished variants. But what we would like to see here are the pieces that were not featured in the runway, many thanks to global buyers we are able to have a prior glimpse on a small selection of commercialized pieces concealed from the public eye. These photographs are extremely difficult to source season by season, it seems as though Balmain is trying to retain buyers and guest from exposing them before the collection officially hits the stores worldwide from March 2016 onwards.

My favorite piece below has to be the Balmain Black & Khaki Union Jack Distressed Knit Sweater, also available in the traditional Navy & Red, which made a huge distinction on the runway show including various highlights on press. Although it was featured earlier, observing one on a hanger while privately modeled in the showroom gives off a real feeling to the quality and clothing interpretation that could be related to a daily wearer. Another piece that I am aiming to acquire is the Balmain Embellished Lapel Wool Cropped Jacket; you can see it hanging by the racks behind one of the models wearing the Balmain White Draped Sleeveless Cotton T-Shirt in the below image. There is just so much affection to it that I find it difficult to describe it in words, to me it is the perfect Balmain jacket from this season, and regardless of your point of view, it is truly a stunning piece and a worthy successor to Balmain Satin-Lapel Wool Cropped Jacket from Balmain Spring Summer 2012 menswear.

Besides the above, there are some tremendously brilliant details in the collection, take for example the Balmain Brown Latticed Embroidered Jacket. It is a single piece constructed from thorough embroidery handwork, one could only guess how complicated it is to produce this particular jacket, especially when the designer will have to make at least two common sizes (48, 50) throughout its production. These are literally works of art; imagine owning the latticed embroidered jacket or the rich golden embellished blazers from the collection? They may become just the thing fashion historians will reference in years to come. For men’s ready to wear, it’s the closest thing to couture. Personally, this isn’t your proper safari wear; it is your daily weapon.

BALMAIN BLACK UTILITY-POCKET HOODED SLEEVELESS VEST
61.J820.B139 — $1,368 (approx.)
Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2016 Collection

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BALMAIN BLACK DOUBLE LAYERED SUSPENDER STRAPS SHORTS
61.T513.D374 — $1,198 (approx.)
BALMAIN BLACK LACE-UP OPEN-TOE GLADIATOR LEATHER SANDALS
61.T996.BA31M — $2,235 (approx.)
Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2016 Collection

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Balmain Fall Winter 2015 Showroom Sneak Peek

13th February 2015

At an age when fluid fashion state and exuberant crystal rhinestone outerwear seems less practical for the daily wearer, downsizing from a high glamour runway collection is prevalent when it comes to practicality. The Balmain Fall Winter 2015 menswear showroom unveils a shrouded commercial collection for the frequent wearer scheduled for the upcoming retailer stock intake.

Global buyers who attended the bi-annual showroom presentation day have exposed the first photographs of much of the unseen collection that is due to surface in-stores from late August 2015 onwards. Enclosed within the commercial collection features a standard range of conventional variety at a seasonal approach, Balmain gave its trademark biker look a minor cosmetic facelift and new style lesson which seems to be taken from the former collections.

Familiar adaptations inclined for fall winter has return this season includes a Balmain Black Nylon-Panelled Padded Down Jacket with a slight double-zipper tweaks at the front and severe changes to the fabric, seen earlier available in a khaki military green interpretation at MR PORTER for Balmain Fall Winter 2014 menswear. As teddy jackets are frequently associated with successful style making, the designer came up with a Balmain Navy & Burgundy Navajo-Embroidered Varsity Wool Jacket, a productive approach by extending the concurrent Balmain Spring Summer 2015 menswear blueprint to the forthcoming season.

Spotted from the jeans category are a series of momentous distressed and destroyed biker denims that compromise Decarnin’s notorious styling, bound to thrill the Balmain enthusiast and due to popular demand, a pair of Balmain Blue Washed Destroyed Denim Biker Jeans made available at 18cm in Fall Winter 2013 is offered in a similar styling at a skinny 16cm silhouette. This pair is predicted to sell out within a weeks, including the new zip-embellished elements on the biker sweatpants. Besides the conventional revision and aside from the vigorous runway collection, the designer is exploring a brand identity strategy by labelling its house logo and name across a series of tops and footwear collection. Some pretentious pieces includes “Do you speak Balmain” and “Balmain Army” hash-tags in metallic text printed across t-shirts, which seems largely targeted at mainstream consumers. Personally, I felt this is not a wise maneuver as it is contrast to the Balmain values, while elements should continue to remain noble and spirited from traditional codes. Shop the best Balmain Spring Summer 2015 menswear collection at Luisa Via Roma.
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Balmain Fall Winter 2015 Menswear Presentation Event Sneak Peek

4th February 2015

Luxury has become Balmain’s staple, so it’s not surprise to see where creative director Olivier Rousteing is heading to. For this season, the Balmain Men’s Fall Winter 2015 presentation day took place on Thursday 25th January 2015 at 2:00pm in Hôtel d’Evreux, Paris. The designer sets a new benchmark venturing into a doze of affluent wardrobe collection inspired by what he believes as the new generation of international aristocrats would wear, to parties of course.

The Balmain Fall Winter 2015 menswear collection is catered for a diverse and inclusive group of stylish consumers who aren’t afraid to peacock. A blend of fluid silhouettes flourish the latest menswear in regal fabrics includes rich velvets, silks, and cashmere. Of course, not to forget Balmain’s ultimate code – what is the answer to luxury without exorbitant features? Gold embroidery with red contrast accents forms signature military patchworks, raccoon furs dressed shawl lapels, while shimmery metallic leather highlights exclusive relevance, these were just some of the prominent “icing on the cake” that make for a very classy collection.

One of the most distinct masterpieces recognizable from the Fall Winter 2015 collection is the extravagant Balmain Crystal Rhinestone Embellished Jacket, much like the it’s hefty Balmain Spring Summer 2015 Navajo Beaded series sibling, the latest diamanté tuxedo jacket weighs a staggering 25 kilograms and is estimated to be priced from $45,000 till $60,000 for the range-topper, coat jacket as seen on the runway below in dark blue. Few houses would spare the expense in such an investment, but for any men in Balmain world, money is no object to such consideration. Another distinguish feature is the cashmere beanies, whereby all models were wearing during the presentation show, including Rousteing himself, explained that is was touch of tribute to hip-hop culture, which evidently poses a vital form of identity and a new standard of dynamism towards the collection.

Olivier Rousteing, the creative director of Balmain, explained that the Fall Winter 2015 collection is very close to performing and playing with the Balmain house codes, he said, a richness collection that men might be looking for, there is still a customer in need for this high glamour. Besides this, Rosteing’s celebrity wishlist has already been accomplished so far, he mentioned that he had the chance to dress all the celebrities he has ever wanted, from Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, to Jay Z, Rihanna for the previous house campaign, David Beckham and so forth, a personal approach were key models dress in his Balmain works of arts.

Due to the nature of the presentation looks it was not possible to get a full impression of the Balmain Fall Winter 2015 menswear collection. However, an upcoming sneak peek preview will enable us to gauge the collection’s potential. Either way, it is encouraging to see such an exclusive luxury essence is incorporated into a beautiful seasonal collection offered along with the classic biker collection, which leaves very little compromises. If you fancy a luxury designer that seemingly offers an affluent impression and an abundance of selection, than the Balmain Fall Winter 2015 menswear is worth a closer look. I can’t wait, and I know I’m not alone. For earlier in-depth reviews, visit the Balmain Fall Winter 2015 Menswear Collection post.

BALMAIN FALL WINTER 2015 MENSWEAR PRESENTATION

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Givenchy Pre-Spring 2015 Collection Sneak Peek

3rd November 2014

The long-awaited Givenchy Pre-Spring 2015 collection sneak peek is here, the upcoming collection is set to be available for pre-order by the end of November 2014. Surprisingly Givenchy officials did not disclose the Givenchy Pre-Spring 2015 menswear collection to the media earlier this Fall Winter 2014, that has struck most us puzzled of its release. Rumors has it that the Parisian designer only made a classified buyer pre-order announcement, followed by a closed buying session held at the headquarters in France.

Thanks to some live leaks by retailers, here’s what you can expect at the moment. A trio-combo Givenchy Bambi Madonna Shark Collage Print T-Shirt taken from all the best elementary pre-collection 2012-2014 print series, a Givenchy White Madonna Collage Print T-Shirt with monochromatic brushstroke movement that has a distinct attribute salvage from the prominent digital paint editions, moving towards the concurrent sequence mixed Givenchy Fall Winter 2014 Bauhaus Basketball and Givenchy Fall Winter 2013 Statue Sculptures series from the renown Robert Mapplethorpe’s black and white imagery ‘Amerika’ – a needlessly complex design that reflects the designer’s icons. A unique Givenchy Black Star Appliqué Keffiyeh Studded Leather Backpack is what you should buy, application detailing that bothers on the obsessed will definitely determine to resonate consumer’s sentiments of the brand.

Throughout every pre-collection season, it is common to foresee that the Givenchy has fundamentally manipulate its archive print real estate, this leads no surprises to predict the precedent season theme set to establish for a cross-collage collaboration series. Generally, the designers objective is honoring customers who have missed out in purchasing the earlier core collections, and also seeks to appeal consumers who has a taste for designs in cross-subjects opulence. These new cross-subjects mix-and-match pieces are also apart of the reason Givenchy has successfully capitalized in selling so many thousands of printed tops over the past few years. Read more at Givenchy Pre-Spring 2015 Menswear at Barneys New York.

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Givenchy Pre-Spring 2015 Collection

GIVENCHY BLACK MINOTAUR STATUE COLLAGE PRINT CUBAN-FIT T-SHIRT
Givenchy Pre-Spring 2015 Collection

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Balmain Spring Summer 2015 Showroom Sneak Peek

27th July 2014

Racy Geometry concludes the new colour block Balmain Spring Summer 2015 menswear collection. Rooted from the seventies sportsman icons of downhill skiing, motorcycle racing and Formula 1 contributes the energetic spring collection in prime team colours of navy, red, and white is the current championship distinction presented in a unique patchwork contour.

“Balmain is about sexiness and sport” said Olivier Rousteing as the models marched through the showroom in their open-toed mountain gladiator-boots, see the Balmain Spring Summer 2015 menswear presentation day. Jogging pants with athletic stripes and motocross padding and zippers are often matched the cotton fleece and leather perfecto jackets or hoodies worn over a crisp white cotton shirt is the signature trend for the beginning of 2015.

This collection presented is ahead of it’s time, individual pieces projects a striking silhouette and could potential make a great outfit if kept simple. Rousteing overlook the formalwear and military dress with his new neatly biker jackets and cardigans in cotton fleece jerseys, and strengthen the atelier with ponchos and piped blazer beaded in intricate Navajo patterns.

Paint attack print skate sneakers and colour-block classics high-tops are the updated footwear for the future, while Decarnin’s biker style jeans has been reinvented with blue washed knee-ribbed distressed details. Desirable pieces includes the Balmain Red Biker Belted Panelled Cotton Fleece Jacket paired with off-white ribbed biker sweatpants. Shop your inspiration at SSENSE’s Balmain Fall Winter 2014 menswear new arrivals this week.

BALMAIN BLACK & WHITE CONTRAST BIKER LEATHER JACKET
BALMAIN NAVAJO GEOMETRIC PRINT COTTON T-SHIRT
Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2015 Collection

BALMAIN BLACK LACE-UP BIKER LEATHER JACKET
Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2015 Collection

BALMAIN TWO-TONE PADDED BIKER SWEATPANTS
Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2015 Collection

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Balmain Spring Summer 2015 Menswear Presentation

14th July 2014

It has always been a delight to catch a glimpse in the Balmain menswear presentation show, as the much earlier studio press release lookbook does not always reflect the same impression justified in the comprehensive collection exhibited only at the exclusive runway and showroom.

Geometry is the principal for the forthcoming Balmain Spring Summer 2015 menswear. In this season, innovation takes place from the very beginning of sportsmanship, from 70’s downhill till Formula One races and the athletic icons themselves defined the current collection as the upmost authentic, masculine and sexy. These key characteristics defines the direction of Balmain and are incorporated with bold styling featured in a diversified category of patchwork trousers, geometry play prints and luxuriant beading in contrast colours and shapes. It is an intersection of streetwear culture infused with motocross sportswear intervention, a creative compelling collection unlike anything we’ve seen which no doubt will set the new benchmark of future trends.

The most unique highlight in this season is the intricate Navajo-inspired jackets and ponchos that are presented in incredible beaded detailing. Three weeks of workmanship is the time require to construct one piece that translates it’s imminent rarity in the marketplace. What’s not to love here? Beautiful beaded and woven detailing strung together onto a cutting-edge outwear is what I want most from this season, the turquoise with black and white, and red beaded blazer in diamond geometry is like an art piece made for ancient warriors. It has so much characteristics with its intriguing detailing that will elevate it as a timeless treasure, a treasure that expects a five figure price tag when it hits the flagship stores.

Significant items to look out for and are highly discussed earlier is the Balmain Two-Tone Geometric-Ribbed Biker Leather Trousers worn by Olivier Rousteing himself during the showroom presentation, it is also available in a tri-colour sweatpants substitute variant which may please those who are looking forward to play with colour block in summer. Although most of the items highlighted in this collection is not quite my cup of tea, there is still great hope in a successful collection much like the Balmain Spring Summer 2014 and Balmain Fall Winter 2014.

BALMAIN SPRING SUMMER 2015 MENSWEAR PRESENTATION

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Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

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