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
Made in Brazil / Antonioli Journal
Photography Marie-Amélie Tondu
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