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The Balmain Embroidered Wool Military Jacket

20th January 2013
I can’t express how happy I am with my recent purchased Balmain Embroidered Wool Military Jacket from Balmain Fall Winter 2011 menswear collection. It is one of my most all time favorite collection designed by the entire Balmain team (since the absence of ex-Balmain creative director, Christophe Decarnin). Not to mention I have been desiring for this jacket for more than a year, do you know the feeling of wanting something so badly that you can’t go to sleep (they call it CBD, hmm…). Yes, I was in that state for the first few weeks, not very pleasant feelings and it took me a year to finally hunt one in my size with the right price in mind.
My first encounter with this beloved jacket was the release of Balmain Fall Winter 2011 menswear collection in Harrolds Collins Street, Melbourne. I did not like this jacket at that time, it was not even in my wishlist. I thought the jacket was a little costume-y and with a retail price tag of A$3,880, it would not justify to spend on a jacket at such steep pricing. When Harrolds End of Season Sale commenced at the end of February 2012, my goal was to catch a few Balmain jeans (did not happened) and my long loved Balmain Black Ranger Crepe Sole Boots (happened and still in love with it).
At that time, I was just curious to reach for this Balmain Wool Military Jacket, it was the only one left hanging alone at the racks. Nobody touched it during the peak sale hour, I figure out I had the time to just try what seems to be a $4,000 piece of clothing. The only size left that went 50% off was a size 46 (small), so it came to about A$1,940 – still very expensive. It was not my size, even though it was one size smaller I didn’t feel comfortable wearing it as the fabric was literally as tight as a pair of skinny jeans. But that moment, that  very moment felt like forever, felt as if it was meant for me. Sometimes I still wonder whether it was right for me to have tried that jacket. Not knowing to face such consequences.
During the hunt, I had encountered with a few on eBay and Japan Yahoo Bid. The first was a size 48 that went 50% off, it was listed by Homme Trends, a luxury Taiwanese retailer that stocks Balmain and sells them on eBay – a good way to gain competitive advantage. But the prices from this retailer is always high, though the prices were high the 50% off give away seems to be quite worthy (since it was sold out every where in full price) even though it came to around the same price as Harrolds. I didn’t buy it because the seller didn’t respond to my messages, I was only asking whether they could secretly undeclared the value so I could escape tax and duties (heh). The next few were 46’s ($2,300+ and $3,900 – still available), and 52 ($1,600). One fine day in December 2012, I was happily browsing eBay in search for Balmain (had nothing in my mind) and I saw this jacket! It was on ‘Buy It Now’ with a very attractive price tag in brand new condition, unused state. Within a minute, I made up my mind and bought it right away.
So after a few weeks, it has finally arrived from America. The Balmain Wool Military Jacket that I yearn for almost a year. More pictures and specifications are as below.
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Source: Balmain.com – Balmain Fall Winter 2011 Menswear
Product Information:
French Name: Veste Militaire Galon Rounge
English Name: Balmain Men Military Jacket
Other Known Names: Balmain Flight Military Jacket, Balmain Cotton Canvas Military Jacket, Balmain Embroidery Design Military Jacket 
Product Code: W1HT706B796
Colour Noir/ Black
Size Shown: T50
Size Guide: True to size
Size 44 – Shoulder 41cm, Chest 45cm, Waist 84cm, Sleeves 63cm, Length 70.3cm
Size 46 – Shoulder 43cm, Chest 46cm, Waist 86cm, Sleeves 63cm, Length 71.5cm
Size 48 – Shoulder 43.5cm, Chest 48.5cm, Waist 86cm, Sleeves 65cm, Length 73.5cm
Size 50 – Shoulder 45cm, Chest 50cm, Waist 88cm, Sleeves 66cm, Length 75cm
Size >52 – Unknown
Material: 50% Wool (external), 50% Polyester, Cotton (lining)
Design in France, Made in France
Me wearing my new Balmain Embroidered Wool Military Jacket, catch me on Instagram @drblogspot. Follow me! =)
Balmain Online Boutique – Balmain Military Jacket Fall Winter 2011 Menswear 
SOLD OUT
LUISA VIA ROMA – Balmain Cotton Canvas Military Jacket – SOLD OUT
DOUBLE – バルマンオム 11/12年秋冬新作 ウール 刺繍デザイン ミリタリージャケット (Translation – Balmain New Fall-Winter 11/12 Wool Military Jacket Embroidery Design)SOLD OUT
Vertice London – Balmain Wool Military Jacket – SOLD OUT
Riccardi Boston – Balmain Military Blazer – SOLD OUT
L’eclaireur – Balmain Black Wool-Mix Military Jacket – SOLD OUT

Homme Trends – Balmain AW11 Military Wool Jacket – SOLD OUT
eBay, unknown seller – Balmain Fall Winter 2011 Military Jacket – SOLD OUT
Balmain also designed a women’s version of the Embroidered Wool Military Jacket. This may be confusing as I have seen some men on Instagram wearing the women’s version, hmm… The true difference that anyone can spot is the wider embroidered collar, it is sharper and bigger than the mens. The collar has chain detailing unlike the mens in standard red and gold embroidery. The other significant difference is the top two military button pockets, the men’s in comparison has no buttons at top pockets. The gold ring applique cuff on the women’s is reversed, and the trims are completely linked, while the men’s gold ring applique cuff faces outside and trims are not linked. Below here is an example in the real world, Evan Ross wears the women’s Balmain Military Style Wool-Blend Jacket.
Source: Upscale Hype, jerrylorenzo.blogspot.com – Evan Ross in Balmain Fall 2011 Military Jacket 
THE OUTNET – Balmain Military Style Wool-Blend Jacket. Black wool-blend
Satin and chain military-style embellishments at collar and cuffs, two button-fastening breast pockets, two front flap pockets, two internal pockets, button-fastening cuffs, back vent. Button fastening at front. Fabric: 50% polyester, 50% wool; fabric2: 100% cotton; fabric3: 52% viscose, 48% cotton. SOLD OUT
Balmain Military Style Wool-Blend Jacket – £2734.60

Fashion

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

24th December 2012
Source: Thomas Kinkade, Victorian Memories Snow Globe Tree 
Seasons greetings my dear friends, the year 2012 is coming to an end. Can you believe this? The world did not end. We are now entering 2013 and not to forget the succulent sales season of Fall Winter 2012 has commenced on many websites, so as the extended sales on already discounted prices.
This year-end has been well for me; I have graduated and had received my official Bachelor degree scroll. Therefore I have decided to treat myself a nice gift, including one more for this Christmas.
I always wanted a pair of white sneakers to fill the gap of my current shoe collection. But so far I haven’t had any in mind except for the Giuseppe Zanotti Double Bracelet Leather and Suede Zipped High-Top Sneakers that I saw 2nd-Blog-Café had, I’m jealous. Not really complete in white, but I love the purple and red colour way, it is too perfect. However this was sold out much earlier during the early pre-order phase of Fall Winter 2012 collection on LUISA VIA ROMA. Therefore has resulted me to search on various retailers. Fortunately at Flannels Fashion in the UK has them in stock, and I had eventually bought one in a size 43.
Source: 2nd-Blog-Café, Giuseppe Zanotti A/W 2012-2013 “SNEAKERS”

The sneakers came in the mail today, I was excited. Nothing can match the feeling of opening up a parcel to find a fresh pair of shoes in it. I loved it instantly, but what surprises me is the size of those metal bracelets, or you may call them Velcro-bars. They look much bigger than in the photos, I tried them on and they fit really well. There are two side zips at the front and this gives relatively easy quick foot access, in or out. The back zip has no function; it is just a mere display of aesthetic to match the front design. I like it. I thought this would be another tough sneaker to get into, but I was wrong. This was my Christmas gift; I opened it too early, so I spoiled my own surprise. Oh well…
The second item that I bought was a blazer that I was looking for since Fall Winter 2011. This blazer is very special; you can’t find anything like it anymore since it was last produced. I have actually mentioned about this in a few posts that I was looking high and low for it ever since the day I tried it in Harrolds Melbourne. Well, after waiting for more than a year, I found it on eBay. Without any hesitation, I bought it, I know it was a good deal and I will never find it anywhere else in mint condition and a price tag less than 25% of its original retail price. It is the Balmain Fall Winter 2011 Military Blazer with Embroidered Cuffs. I will be receiving it by early January 2013. I can’t wait.
Source: Balmain Lookook Fall Winter 2011 via Balmain.com, Balmain Military Jacket via Farfetch.com
How has your Christmas been? Have you been shopping much? Boxing day is coming soon and I know we are all excited, the massive discount sales continues at this year event. I will be away until the 29th, Merry Christmas once again and happy shopping.
The Giuseppe Zanotti Double Bracelet Suede and Leather High-Top Sneakers
Fall Winter 2012, Purple Red and Black on White
Source: Giuseppe Zanotti Design
ALTERNATIVE SIMILAR ITEMS THAT I WOULD BUY IF THE ABOVE ITEMS ARE OUT OF STOCK OR SIZE.
SSENSE – Giuseppe Zanotti Navy Velvet And Gold Sneakers Fall Winter 2012. High top velvet sneakers in navy with black patent leather contrasts. Round toe. Black lace up closure. Embroidered logo patch at padded tongue. Gold tone metal detail at velcro tabbed eyerow. Extended heel collar in metallic gold with exposed gold tone zipper closure. Gold tone exposed zipper detail at eyerow. Textured rubber foxing in black. Tone on tone stitching. Leather/textile upper, rubber sole. Made in Italy. BUY IT NOW

Giuseppe Zanotti Navy Velvet And Gold Sneakers
SSENSE – Giuseppe Zanotti Black Leather London Sneakers. High-top textured leather sneakers in black. Silver tone hardware. Round toe. Tonal lace-up closure. Tonal logo patch at bellows tongue. Logo embossed curved metal bar with Velcro closure at shoe face. Exposed zip closures at shoe sides and heel. Dark silver leather insert at heel. Padded collar. White rubber sole with textured foxing at toe and logo detail at heel. Tone on tone stitching. Upper: 100% leather. Sole: 100% rubber Made in Italy.  BUY IT NOW

Giuseppe Zanotti Black Leather London Sneakers

Fashion

Exclusive Balmain Tuxedo Jackets FW2012

11th December 2012
In one of my earlier articles I have mention about the Balmain Fall Winter 2012 menswear exclusive items that were only available in Japan. There was a reference in the end of the post that I have spotted someone on Instagram who has one of the Balmain Wool Gabardine Double Breast Tuxedo Jacket that has extra double layer gold embroidered applique cuffs.
I have been looking for this item ever since the day I saw it, however the owner claim that there is only 5 pieces worldwide, not too sure whether this is true. Nevertheless I was in doubt that it would be online due to its rarity. Wrong enough to presume, there were actually two exclusive Balmain tuxedo jackets available at Harrods online boutique. These are the ultimate delight for any Balmain enthusiast out there.
The exclusive Balmain Fall Winter 2012 Jackets comprise gold piping embroidered trims highlighting features on the wool-mix tuxedo jacket. These jacket reminds me of Christophe Decarnin’s last collection where he designed the Balmain Military Jacket that has a few similarities.
Harrolds – Balmain Tuxedo Jacket. Crafted from wool and complete with a satin shawl collar, Balmain’s double breasted tuxedo jacket is a superb formalwear choice. Perfect for occasionwear and black tie events, this shawl collar design is the perfect finishing touch to smarty tailor separates. BUY IT NOW

Harrolds – Balmain Tuxedo Jacket. Designed with a striped trim and satin peak lapels, Balmain’s tuxedo jacket is a stand-out formalwear choice. Perfect for occasion-wear and black tie events, this wear-forever piece is the finishing touch to smartly tailored separates. BUY IT NOW

‘Source: Harrolds, men’s online boutique – Balmain Exclusive’

Balmain Fall Winter 2011 Military Jacket by Christophe Decarnin. One of my favorite Balmain jacket of all time that is no longer available. L’ECLAIREUR – Black wool-mix military jacket from Balmain featuring peak lapels with red and gold trims, gold pipping at the cuffs and a single-silver tone buttons at the front. The jacket has two flap breast pockets, two front flap pockets and a vent at the back. SOLD OUT
Balmain Wool-Mix Military Jacket Fall Winter 2011 – $3,850

‘Source: L’ECLAIREUR, Men’s Balmain Design – FarFetch.com’

‘Source: Upscalehype – Kid Cudi wearing Balmain Military Jacket and Christian Louboutin Tartan Rollerboy Spike Slippers’
Fashion

What Am I Wearing Today – Look #1

6th December 2012
Let’s make this blog a little more interesting. WAIWT (What Am I Wearing Today) is mainly featured on my Instagram account (@drblogspot) and various forums, but I felt that my dear readers have been left out. Therefore I will start posting my individual WAIWT looks from this week onwards. WAIWT are photographes that features what I usually wear everyday in Melbourne, whether it is the outfit to uni classes towards special occasions. In this post I will demonstrate my daily style for the love of clothes.

What Am I Wearing Today – Look #1

Givenchy Tartan Plaid Rottweiler Shirt Fall Winter 2011 (Top), Balmain Black Destroyed Biker Jeans Fall Winter 2012 (Bottom), Kriss Van Assche Black High-Top Sneakers Spring Summer 2012 (Shoes), Zara Short Black Blazer Menswear (3rd Photo)

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Lane Crawford – Givenchy Tartan Plaid Rottweiler Shirt from Givenchy Fall Winter 2011 collection. This unique shirt features multiple Rottweiler heads on a white gradient background smoothing from distressed grunge plaids print. It has been speculated that design in particular has gone through a three-step printing process. The plaid is first fully printed, second step involves bleaching the bottom plaid print creating a white gradient effect and lastly finalising the rottweiler print. Size shown above – 38, 15.

Givenchy Tartan Plaid Rottweiler Shirt – A$1,300 (Sold Out)

‘Source: Vogue Italy – Givenchy Fall Winter 2011/2012’
MR PORTER – Balmain Distressed Slim-Fit Biker Jeans Fall Winter 2012. Balmain’s biker jeans have amassed a cult following, with their extra-slim fit and distressed detailing adding a dose of masculine cool to city ensembles. This pair comes in a washed black shade that will look particularly powerful with monochrome separates, so add a leather jacket to the equation for Parisian flair. *Buyers note, this item fits very large to size, take two sizes down. BUY IT NOW

SSENSE – Slim fit biker jeans in washed black. Fading, distressing and ribbed paneling throughout. Slash pockets, zip pockets and coin pocket at front. Patch pockets and black textile logo patch at rear. Tonal stitching. Zip fly. BUT IT NOW


Balmain Slim Black Destroyed Biker Jeans

Balmain Slim Black Destroyed Biker Jeans
Slim fit biker jeans in washed black. Fading. distressing and ribbed paneling throughout. Slash pockets. zip pockets and coin pocket at front. Patch pockets and black textile logo patch at rear. Tonal stitching. Zip fly.
Just One Eye – Kris Van Assche Black Leather High Top Sneakers. This classic shoe feature a rounded toe, extended tongue with laces up front and a white rubber sole. With exposed silver zip-fastening up back and a placket that extends from the top and bottom. Kris Van Assche Spring Summer 2012 shoes collection.

Kris Van Assche Black Leather High Top Sneaker – $640 (Sold Out)

Alternative similar items that I would buy if the above items are out of stock or size.

MR PORTER – Alexander McQueen Abstract Ivy-Print Cotton Shirt Fall Winter 2012. Bring new life to your evening looks with this standout Alexander McQueen shirt. The vivid abstract ivy print has a romantic feel that will give your off-duty outfits a hint of the British label’s dark drama. Ground this piece with understated styling, teaming it with black slim-fit jeans and an overcoat to take the look downtown. BUY IT NOW
SSENSE – Alexander Mcqueen Petrol Feather Print Shirt in Black Fall Winter 2012. Spread collar. Buttondown closure at front. Two button cuffs. Shirttail hem. Tonal stitching. BUY IT NOW
Alexander Mcqueen Petrol Feather Print Shirt
FarFetch, Nike – Via Verdi – Pierre Balmain Skinny Leg Jeans Fall Winter 2012. Black cotton blend jeans from Pierre Balmain featuring a skinny leg, a concealed front fastening, belt loops at the waist, a classic five pocket design, two zip fastening pockets at the thigh, a small silver-tone metallic logo at the ticket pocket and a logo embossed design plaque to the rear. BUY IT NOW
This pair of jeans is inspired from the early Dercanin Era, you can see the resemblance with the front two zips and rear zips pockets along with leg fastening which are elements only featured on the premium range Balmain Biker Jeans and Trousers. These elements are still incorporated today on the latest Balmain menswear. The zip tab design is exactly the same as early Balmain Biker Jeans design. This is well worth a bargain.
FarFetch, Capsule By Eso – Givenchy Star Studded High-Top Sneaker Pre-Fall Winter 2012. Black leather hi-top sneaker from Givenchy featuring a round toe with perforated detailing, a lace-up fastening, a velcro fastening tab to the top with studded silver-tone studs and a contrasting white bottom panel. BUY IT NOW
SSENSE – Kris Van Assche Black Leather Side Laced High-Top Sneaker Fall Winter 2012. High-top leather sneakers in black. Tonal paneling throughout. Round toe. White lace-up closure at sides of padded tongue. Perforated toe cap. Silver-tone eyelet vents at interior and exterior faces. Padded collar. Exposed silver-tone zipper at heel. White rubber foxing with signature carved at heel. White ribber sole. Tonal stitching.


BUY IT NOW

Krisvanassche Black Leather Side_laced High_top Sneakers
SSENSE – Kris Van Assche Black Leather High-Top Hiking Sneakers Fall Winter 2012. High-top buffed leather sneakers in black. Tonal paneling and suede accents throughout. Round toe. Tonal lace-up closure with black eyelets. Padded suede tongue. Padded collar. White rubber foxing with signature carved at heel. White rubber sole. Tonal stitching. BUY IT NOW

Krisvanassche Black Leather High_top Hiking Sneakers
SSENSE – High-Top Leather Sneakers in Blue and Grey Fall Winter 2012. Tonal paneling throughout. Round toe. White lace-up closure with silver eyelets and grey suede trim. Padded tongue. Padded collar. Exposed silver-tone zipper at heel. White rubber foxing with signature carved at heel. White rubber sole. Tonal stitching. BUY IT NOW

Krisvanassche Blue Leather High_top Sneakers

Review

Givenchy Stars & Beads Cotton Detailed Shirt

26th October 2012

Majority of the Givenchy stockiest retailers throughout the world has recently received the second season batch of Givenchy Fall Winter 2012 merchandise since the beginning mid of October 2012 towards the following month November 2012. This particular Givenchy Stars and Beads shirt from the Stars and Stripes Fall Winter collection has been highly sought after since its inception.

If you are looking for this shirt, there are a few Givenchy stockiest who currently stocks the collar-only Stars and Beads version, this shirt is also known as Shiny Beads and Stars Poplin Shirt. Sizes are random between size 38 to 41 from each stockist and most of the popular sizes have been sold out, i.e. 38 and 39. But do inquire about it if you are obsessed with it (stockiest: REVIVE Michigan, TheDenimBar Thailand). The current retail price consumers are expected to pay for this collar-only stars and diamonds shirt is an average between $1000-1200.

Givenchy Black Star_detailed Look 38 Shirt

Givenchy Black Stars & Beads Collar Detailed Shirt

Long sleeved shirt in black. Spread collar with tonal mock-gem and star-shaped stud details. Concealed button down closure at front. Shirttail hem. Single button cuffs. Tonal stitching.

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Review

Buyers Beware: How to Spot a Fake Givenchy Rottweiler

4th October 2012

This is the moment most of you have been waiting for, I had receive many request recently to unfold a story of the famous Givenchy Rottweiler T-Shirt authenticity check, designed by Riccardo Tisci for Fall Winter 2011 collection.

How to spot a fake Givenchy Rottweilier

How to spot a fake Givenchy Rottweilier

Source: Vogue.it, Riccardo Tisci himself wearing the Givenchy Rottweiler T-shirt during Givenchy Fall Winter 2011 menswear fashion week.

How to spot a fake Givenchy Rottweilier

Recently a friend of mine, Don, told me that he really wanted the Givenchy Rottweiler t-shirt, Don is just like many of us but he wasn’t willing to pay premium price and even if he wanted it is currently impossible to purchase an authentic new piece today. This t-shirt has stopped production for more than a year ago and it is immensely popular as you all know that many celebrities have enjoyed wearing it. The Givenchy Rottweiler Head t-shirt used to be the most hyped t-shirt in 2011 until today the hype has yet to settle on the laggards consumers. The Rottweiler print has made Givenchy a wealthy house since Fall Winter 2011 sales, currently in 2012 Givenchy has four seasonal collections in menswear compared to last year, there was only two seasons.

I was really lucky to get hold of one in late 2011. At first I was very hesitant of the fierce print, I thought it was not suitable for my lifestyle since I used to play preppy looks between 2010 and 2011. But after seeing a friend of mine being photographed at a club next to a guy who wore it, it suddenly changed my mind and I was convinced that it was a must have despite a price of A$275 for a t-shirt. Never have I paid so much for a printed t-shirt in my life back then.

Looking back at what I had did, I felt I made the right decision to take up probably the last size M – regular fit Givenchy Rottweiler t-shirt from a local luxury men’s departmental store, Harrolds. During the near end of 2011, eBay was flooded with authentic Rottweiler t-shirts catching a resell value between $350-550. These days what I can see is a bunch of imitation Givenchy Rottweiler t-shirt floating everywhere in eBay on auction, and people fall for it despite the misrepresentation that it is an imitation copy.

SSENSE – Givenchy Rottweiler Print Cuban-Fit T-Shirt. Short sleeve crewneck t-shirt in black. Rottweiler print at front. Ribbed neckline. Tone on tone stitching. 100% cotton. Machine wash cold. Made in Portugal.

How to spot a fake Givenchy Rottweilier

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