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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

Made in Brazil / Antonioli Journal

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

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Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

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Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Photography Marie-Amélie Tondu

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

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Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

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Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

Balmain Spring Summer 2015 SS15 mens presentation

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  • Anonymous

    those open toe boots are the most hideous thing ive ever seen from balmain. other than that i guess this collection is ok.Oliver does a great job with the beaded jackets unfortunately i cant afford it.

    • I agree, the open toe boots just doesn't synergies with the overall concept. Surprisingly when he first posted a picture of the shoes in his Instagram, there were tremendous positive support. I guess it may not appeal to us, but others might see the beauty in it.

  • Anonymous

    There is no appeal in this campaign, unless perhaps you are a construction worker or a member of a race sport pit crew with a fetish for robots. This may be a "too early for it's time" situation in the context of things, but I'm not sure this young designer (refuse to use his name until I see better a collection) is at that stage in his career yet. Karl Lagerfeld was an assistant to Pierre Balman (that's where he got his start), Oscar was a designer, Decarnin for men…these are huge shadows to follow. Sometimes staying off instagram and away from celebrity narcism may help spark a deeper level of creativity which COULD possibly result in a collection that is more ART then ARTISTIC.

    Jeez. I'm a HUGE Balmain fan, with a great collection…and there is not one piece in this collection I have seen as a staple. This is what I dressed like when I was 6 years old (colour combination wise, etc). I'm not 6 anymore.

    My RACE CAR Licence Plate for this Collection: H8IT

    Thanks for letting me voice my TRUE opinion Maurice, love your blog.

    • Besides the runway collection, the staple styles still remains with updated classics every season. It is just that Rousteing does not prefer to show them during presentation. He tries to create something different, something that is genuinely from hims own inspiration. Sometimes it works, and some times it fails, but the brand still lives on strong.

      Let's wait and see how it goes when it hits the stores.

  • Anonymous

    This collection grew on me quickly. That beaded poncho… What an amazing piece

    • Im afraid not everyone will have the privilege to own it :(

      It's like a Bugatti Veryon, you can see it but you cant experience it. So close yet so far… if only money grew on trees.

  • Anonymous

    Another season, another disappointment. Move along… Nothing to see here… Amazing workmanship on the beaded jacket but hate the design. Wish Decarnin is back….

  • Kiki Kolev

    The sweat pants and sporty jackets appear to be super comfy and sexy. I also love the leather jackets. Not only that the are a true piece of art but the actual materials are to die for. Some of the SS’15 and FW’14 items are available for sale at a discounted price at http://runwaycatalog.com/men/men-apparel/balmain-men.

    • Not too sure about this runway catalog website, seems pretty dodgy as it uses several images from different retail sites.