Sneak Peek

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third consecutive Safari and Adventurer collection we have seen, but the era of Balmain’s menswear has never been so superseded by something more.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 BLACK GOATSKIN ZIPPED BIKER LEATHER JACKET
61.C264.D461 — $4,780 (approx.)
Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2016 Collection

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BALMAIN KHAKI & BLACK UNION JACK PRINT SLEEVELESS COTTON T-SHIRT
Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2016 Collection

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BALMAIN RED & NAVY UNION JACK PRINT SLEEVELESS COTTON T-SHIRT
Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2016 Collection

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BALMAIN BLACK & KHAKI UNION JACK DISTRESSED KNIT SWEATER
61.M654.D387U — $963 (approx.)
Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2016 Collection

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BALMAIN RED & NAVY UNION JACK DISTRESSED KNIT SWEATER
Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2016 Collection

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BALMAIN BLACK VELVET LEATHER-KNEE INSERT BIKER SWEATPANTS
61.J510D143C — $2,089 (approx.)
Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2016 Collection

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BALMAIN KHAKI CANVAS & LEATHER CAP
61.T985.B313 — $348 (approx.)
Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2016 Collection

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BALMAIN BROWN CANVAS & LEATHER CAP
61.T985.B841 — $348 (approx.)
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BALMAIN BLACK CANVAS & LEATHER CAP
61.T985.B582 — $420 (approx.)
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BALMAIN BLACK STRIPED PRINT ZIPPED COTTON BIKER JACKET
Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2016 Collection

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BALMAIN KHAKI MULTI-PHOENIX CHREST EMBROIDERED GABARDINE JACKET
Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2016 Collection

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BALMAIN WHITE DRAPED SLEEVELESS COTTON T-SHIRT
61.J649.B930 — $348 (approx.)
BALMAIN BLACK CARGO SUSPENDERS STRAP LEATHER TROUSERS
61.C524.B223 — $3,078 (approx.)
Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2016 Collection

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BALMAIN NAVY CROPPED WOOL JACKET
61.T721.D372 — $3,428 (approx.)
BALMAIN KHAKI DOUBLE ZIPPER CARGO BIKER COTTON TROUSERS
61.T552.D423 — $1,386 (approx.)
Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2016 Collection

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BALMAIN KHAKI PANELLED CONTRAST COTTON HOODIE
61.J615.D314T — $720 (approx.)
BALMAIN GREY WASHED DISTRESSED DENIM BIKER JEANS
61.T500.D346V — $1,775 (approx.)
Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2016 Collection

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BALMAIN BEIGE LACE-UP OPEN-TOE GLADIATOR SUEDE LEATHER SANDALS
61.T986.BA48 — $1,847 (approx.)
Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2016 Collection

Backstage at Balmain Men's Spring 2016

BALMAIN KHAKI & BROWN CANVAS LEATHER SAFARI PARKA
61.C663.B841 — $3,655 (approx.)
BALMAIN KHAKI SUEDE LEATHER BIKER TROUSERS
61.C519.D383 — $4,240 (approx.)
Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2016 Collection

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BALMAIN WHITE & BROWN CANVAS LEATHER SAFARI BACKPACK
Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2016 Collection

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BALMAIN BROWN LATTICED EMBROIDERED JACKET
Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2016 Collection

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BALMAIN BLUE WASHED DESTROYED ZIPPED DENIM BIKER JACKET
61.T245.D428D — $2,351 (approx.)
Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2016 Collection

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BALMAIN GRADIENT STRIPED SHOULDER BUTTON COTTON T-SHIRT
Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2016 Collection

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BALMAIN WHITE DRAPE LONG-SLEEVE COTTON T-SHIRT
61.J621.D327L — $1,118 (approx.)
Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2016 Collection

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BALMAIN BLUE HEAVY WASHED DENIM BIKER JEANS
Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2016 Collection

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BALMAIN WHITE EXPOSED-ZIPPED BIKER TROUSERS
61.T572.D423 — $1,362 (approx.)
Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2016 Collection

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BALMAIN WHITE DESTROYED DENIM BIKER JEANS
Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2016 Collection

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BALMAIN BROWN LATTICED EMBROIDERED SHEER ORGANZA SWEATER
Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2016 Collection

Backstage at Balmain Men's Spring 2016

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Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2016 Collection

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BALMAIN TIGER PONYHAIR CREST EMBROIDERED VARSITY BOMBER JACKET
Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2016 Collection

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A detailed look at the lion’s crest embroidery on a black wool jacket.

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A buyer browsing through the Balmain SS16 catalog, while sporting in a Balmain Black Cropped Wool Jacket featuring notorious gold embellishments…

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BALMAIN BLACK MOLESKIN LEATHER HIGH-TOP SNEAKERS
61.T318.BA88 — $1,200 (approx.)
Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2016 Collection

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BALMAIN WHITE GEOMETRY PERFORATED CANVAS & LEATHER HIGH-TOP SNEAKERS
Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2016 Collection

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BALMAIN MULTICOLOUR PYTHON SUEDE & PERFORATED LEATHER HIGH-TOP SNEAKERS
Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2016 Collection

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A television located at the edge of the showroom playing Balmain Spring Summer 2016 Menswear runway show. Notice the interesting accessories on display, such as the Balmain Lace-Up Detail Belt transverse from a SS15 Balmain Black Lace-Up Leather Biker Jacket.

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Buyers from all around the world busy making orders, while models showcases samples of the latest outfits.

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ALSO ON SECOND KULTURE:

In Motion: Balmain Spring Summer 2016 Menswear Full Fashion Show by FatalefashionIII

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  • Rafa

    Oh My! How can they retail those open lace up sandals for over 2.000$???
    C’mon!!! Balmain prices are bananas!

  • Bilal

    Maurice,

    I have a question, do you think this sweater is oversized.
    This is what they write in the description, although it looks completely the opposite.

    Thanks for the help.

    http://www.farfetch.com/ae/shopping/men/givenchy-rottweiler-print-sweatshirt-item-11080000.aspx?storeid=9446&ffref=lp_22_0_

  • Bilal

    Dunno i was trying to write comments but they are not showing. I am doing this through Disqus. It seems when adding links they detect them as a spam. I prefer the older posting system you used in the previous blog. How to overcome this?
    Cheers

  • Andrew Ly

    Hey Maurice SS16 T Shirt https://instagram.com/p/6KnQlqnkvz/

  • Bilal

    Again Maurice it is been a week and the posts are not showing up. Please do something about that. Cheers.

  • shin123

    maurice , which slp boots would you pick between this 2 models?Which do you think is more popular?

    http://www.luisaviaroma.com/index.aspx?#ItemSrv.ashx|SeasonId=62I&CollectionId=0C9&ItemId=3&VendorColorId=MTAwMA2&SeasonMemoCode=actual&GenderMemoCode=men&CategoryId=&SubLineMemoCode=

    and

    http://www.luisaviaroma.com/index.aspx?#ItemSrv.ashx|SeasonId=60I&CollectionId=0C9&ItemId=13&VendorColorId=MTAwMA2&SeasonMemoCode=actual&GenderMemoCode=men&CategoryId=&SubLineMemoCode=

  • shin123

    maurice , which slp boots would you pick between this 2 models?Which do you think is more popular? Its the slp 40MM WYATT BELTED LEATHER ANKLE BOOTS and the one without the chain in LVR .

    • Hey Shin123,

      I can’t see the below links. What colour jeans do you wear the most? Blue or Black? Is this your first pair?

      • shin123

        blue jeans, both the boots are the same model with or without the chain.

  • Ollie

    Hey Maurice, are the BALMAIN BLUE HEAVY WASHED DENIM BIKER JEANS regular fit or slim fit? The bottom of the leg looks like the regular fit Balmain jeans that came out this season.

    • Link me! Regret for the late reply :(

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  • Luke D

    Hey Maurice, I was hesitating between getting the Balmain gold multi-loop quilted leather belt or the classic SLP black leather belt with 3 silver loops. My ideal pick would be the Balmain belt in silver (similar to your’s) but I can’t find it anywhere, and I’m not sure about the gold color on the Balmain belt. But on the other hand I’m scared the SLP might be too thin with just 2mm and I like the quilted leather on the Balmain. Which model would you go for, knowing I wear a lot of military green or black jeans and jackets from SLP or Balmain ?

    Thanks for your advice!