THE CURRENT STATE
It’s been a while since I’ve last written a review, I have recently went through huge career transition and have finally found a job that I love, besides this I had many things going in my mind that I just needed some time off, a long holiday which I took and regrettable dismissed my beloved blog. While I was away throughout these inactivity times, I took the opportunity to purchase this gorgeous Balmain Biker Leather Gilet that went on sale.
Over recent years, Balmain Homme has been transformed from the very Parisian chic biker cross military accent that Christophe Decarnin once left behind into a revolutionary concurrent opulence collection, often delivered in sharper elegance, looser silhouettes, exaggerated embellishments and outstanding embroidered craftsmanship, all these elements are synonymous to the brand identity today. However, despite all these distinctive and sometimes radical changes, the Balmain biker and military concept has not been long forgotten but continuously innovated through time, so much so that today’s offering consist an abundance of styles once scarce at the marketplace. The unparalleled creations from Balmain incorporates unmistakable elements in each design that makes their clothes unique. Due to such innovation techniques and the increasing market supply and demand for Balmain menswear, I felt that the brand in recent years has lost part of its charm and exclusiveness due to the saturated accessibility, although retail prices generally continued to fluctuate throughout every season. Shop at Balmain menswear at Farfetch now for competitive retail prices globally.
Perhaps one of the most iconic pieces from the modern classic collection is the Balmain Double Symmetrical V-Zipped Biker Jacket, otherwise known just as the Balmain Biker Leather Jacket. First introduced back in Balmain Spring Summer 2012 menswear, it was Olivier Rousteing’s first menswear collection, the quintessential leather jacket soon pervaded across a series an avant-garde series dwelled from quilted jerseys, mixed materials, and most recent bi or tricolour ways, also seen available at the H&M Balmain collection. While its design sets the benchmark in futuristic outwear back in SS12, the designer additionally introduced two biker leather gilets, sleeveless jackets which were practical for the spring summer season. The first was a black asymmetrical zipped leather gilet, while the other was made with a special python leather in gorgeous greyish blue. They were absolutely breath-taking pieces that I’ve adored for many seasons to come and have always dreamt about owning one ever since its inception.
This is the Balmain Black Biker Leather Gilet from the Spring Summer 2015 collection, and believe it or not this is the entry level of the range. Of course entry level is a relative term and while the Balmain Black Biker Leather Gilet might be less expensive and less complete in the range it’s by no means cheap and it’s not short of the muscle either. Balmain reintroduced the men’s leather gilet nearly after four seasons, this time the design and elements were based on the iconic Balmain Double Symmetrical V-Zipped Biker Jacket and it continues that tradition of the double v-front split zippers, ribbed trims, large buttoned eyelets and a wide shoulder stance, modernized with a fastening belt on the waistline. The double zipper’s complex choreography is manually interchangeable by folding two sides to another, transforming it to a complete harnessed vest, while still leaving some space for body movement. It converts the Balmain leather gilet from a sleek sleeveless jacket to a glamorous rocker vest at just a few zips away. I have soon developed a strong desirability to own this Balmain leather gilet.
CURATING THE PAST FROM THE FUTURE
When it comes to fashion pieces, there is always that one unmistakable piece that you felt you could have gotten but slipped away. And one particular piece was, I knew from the very beginning that I should not let this go as the designer rarely makes leather gilets. Moreover it is much more justifiable and yet practical to be worn where I lived, a country with endless summers. Although I do find it a challenge to enjoy wearing Balmain because it usually requires to play with a several layers just to bring out the depth of the clothes. The leather gilet on the other hand, was the perfect outwear piece, perhaps the most potent here is it’s sleeves has been chopped off, that means cool air can easily access the areas a jacket couldn’t but additionally offers much more flexibility to the wearer as well.
If you need something with a bit more personality and certainly with a bit more wearing involvement, then this is the perfect piece. Sleek in appearance and superb convertible front design with a touch of glamour. A lavishly appointed interior construction boost real comfort even though after extended wearing. Much of the Balmain leather gilet’s construction is fashioned from delicate lambskin while close attention to details benefits overall attraction. It’s a vest that oozes natural desirability, class, and appeal. Considering the size of the gilet, the inner fit is almost ludicrously slimmed cut though it is initial designed based to fit model sizing. Wearing the Balmain leather gilet feels more spirited than its exterior dimensions might suggest, it is always competent and understated, it covers style with effortless ease confirming its credentials as a sleeveless biker jacket rather than a generic biker’s gilet. It’s a gilet to be savored by elegance and lots of head turning appeal.
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THE BALMAIN BLACK BIKER LEATHER GILET
Balmain Spring Summer 2015 Collection
PLACES TO BUY BALMAIN BLACK BIKER LEATHER GILET
Barneys New York – Balmain Black Leather Moto Vest. Crafted of black lambskin, Balmain’s moto-inspired vest is styled with quilted shoulder panels, attached leather belt and asymmetric zip closure. Convertible snap-down lapels, vertical zip pockets, adjustable rolled buckle belt at bottom, shoulder yoke at back; polished silvertone zippers, stud snaps and hardware. Two-way zip-front closure. Lined; two slip pockets at interior. Available in Black. Leather; lining: cotton; quilting/padding: polyester. Specialty care. Made in Turkey. Our model is 6’1″/185cm and is wearing a size 48.
Farfetch – Balmain Black Ribbed Leather Gilet. Black cotton and lambskin ribbed gilet from Balmain featuring a round neck, an off-centre front zip fastening, side zipped pockets and a belted waist. Size & Fit: Measurements: item fits true to size. Model is wearing size: 48. Lining Composition: Cotton 100%. Composition: Lamb Skin 100%. Brand Style ID: S5HC851C601.
Balmain – Balmain Black Sleeveless Leather Biker Jacket. Key item of the Spring collection, this sleeveless jacket crafted from soft and supple leather is embellished with silver-coloured zips and studs. Complete your look with a black & white printed sleeveless T-shirt and dark biker jeans. Sleeveless jacket. Double off-center zip-fastening through front. Ribbed detailing on shoulders. Four zipped front-pockets. Adjustable belts with eyelets at sides of waist. Model wears a size : 48. Model measures : chest 97cm / 38″, height 184cm / 6’1″. 100% Lambskin Ref: S5HC851C601176.
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