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Balmain Black Biker Leather Gilet

21st August 2015

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.

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UNMISTAKABLY QUINTESSENTIAL

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.

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Wishlist

Givenchy Fall Winter 2015 Wishlist

19th June 2015

As Givenchy Pre-Fall 2015 and Givenchy Fall Winter 2015 is set upon us, the deliberation of Riccardo Tisci’s enthralled menswear collection for both seasons has echoed through a myriad of conversations ever since it was presented almost half a year ago. Much like every upcoming season, Givenchy has not only developed several diversified styles with an innovative appeal, but further continues to increase its inventory levels. This has resulted the brand in growing more confident through time after witnessing a high surge in demand since Fall Winter 2012, which has lead to rising inventories as part of the brand’s strategic expansion across the globe.

And in this season there seems to be no short of it, although I must divulge that the ever-popular Givenchy Rottweiler Print Cuban-Fit T-Shirt for Pre-Fall 2015 has almost been completely sold out by the time I have written this. Just by taking a glance in detail over both pre and main collections offered from Luisa Via Roma in the most recent pre-order release, one could simply be overwhelm or distress from the amount of choices largely available in an array of motifs and styles, which may or may not be a good thing.

The infamous Rottweiler might be almost half a decade old but its menacing presence has aged quite gracefully, and in the latest Pre-Fall 2015 collection there’s a new detailed variant in embroidery that highlights every bit of the old traditional print. Available in two distinct fits, Cuban and Columbian, the Cuban-Fit sells out at a heartbeat with only large remaining sizes, and these elements have always set the initial impression in resurging a particular design. Speaking of resurgence, I was lucky enough to have picked up the Givenchy Black Stars & Beads Appliqué Shirt earlier from L’Inde le Palais many thanks to a Singaporean reader here who had informed me that they had it available for pre-order. It made me think twice before I made the official checkout just under a split second, since it was introduced back in Givenchy Fall Winter 2012 menswear collection, it belong to a series that is as ancient in the fashion universe as it sounds. The most fascinating history of this shirt is that there weren’t any existing owners selling them off to the pre-owned market. I am very glad that I have bought it, with the additional 10% off for new customers on top of the non-EU taxed pricing, it would be very difficult to resist not getting one especially when there were only 3 sizes available and limited to 1 per size.

That said, the thing that really turns heads for this season is the spooky Givenchy Black Skull Print T-Shirt, I would prefer the skulls at the lower waist than the neckline alternative. Indeed this is a top that has the appearance that will question opinions and even scare small children, it has a dark iconic presence that is peculiar towards Tisci’s legacy but its anything but subtle, instead it is unashamedly wicked with its imposing stacks of skull heads and seems to fit the “cursed objet d’art” in an ideal context just by observing its understated credentials. For a much darker approach, I would pick the Givenchy Skull Print Long Poplin Shirt that features an enlarged reverse skull print and exaggerated length unique to this season, lining the body with an elongated sense of structure.

Perhaps the most distinguish print that is currently attainable and should be seriously considered is the Givenchy Star & Monkey Print Sleeveless T-Shirt. During its initial inception, minor snippets of the mystery print were showcased across the runway and has since undergone substantial speculation, presuming it being the next “Rottweiler” replacement. The graphic print that features two monkey’s teeth’s amulet below a single star coding was later unveiled by Riccardo Tisci himself, in a sweatshirt variant – yet to be released later in the season. While its similar sibling, the Givenchy Rooster & Monkey Voodoo Print Sleeveless T-Shirt invokes a vector silhouette which houses an enraged monkey collaged in an inescapable voodoo vibe leaves no compromises in a distinct style appeal intrinsic to the Givenchy label. At the moment, these sleeveless printed t-shirts are quite well received, especially the Givenchy Rooster & Monkey Voodoo Print Sleeveless T-Shirt which is almost sold out to those who are eager to experiment the latest street-edge style.

The Givenchy Fall Winter 2015 menswear’s main print is the Native American Carpet motif in striking Tuscan colourway represented in a small proportion of tailored selection. The Native American Carpet is perhaps one of the most distinct hallmark motif amongst the collection, derived from an exclusive expression recollected from the designer’s discoveries of subcultures, the motif accentuates through a powerful silhouettes in tailored wool jackets, coats, shirts, and pairing trousers, occasionally offered in smattering sequins only for those who are able to dig deep into their wallet’s wildest fantasies. And for this season I wouldn’t miss getting the Givenchy Native American Carpet Print Columbian-Fit T-Shirt as part of my seasonal collection, unlike the past season where I’ve missed out in attaining the main Givenchy Black Gypsophila Print Columbian-Fit T-Shirt because of some Instagram resell who could not deliver one after making the payment, this serves as a lesson to only trust and purchase from reputable retailers.

In terms of accessories and footwear, this season sees an abundance of high-end leather wear with metal embellished pieces taking the spotlight. From leather pouches, to all-rounded studded belts, and distinct footwear pieces. If given a single choice, I would go for the Givenchy Brown & Black Metal & Swarovski Crystal Studded Swiss Sandals, this fancy footwork emphasizes aggressive detailing with contrast leather reinforcements that is just a joy to look at. For those who are more conservative can opt for the modern interpreted Givenchy 45mm Black Rottweiler Chain-Detail Lace-Up Leather Shoes. The new footwear has been altered in proportion and is quite substantially improved over its predecessor to fit the contemporary market, additional to this it is also available in a mid-cut boots variant at matching prices to compare. These are perhaps one of the most unmistakable footwear reminisce to the Givenchy Fall Winter 2011 menswear collection. Back then only a handful of people were able to afford the renowned quintessential knee-high boots that were taken right off the runway which was produced limited in production and availability was scare to selective retailers.

What was your best pick in Luisa Via Roma’s Givenchy collection?

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Wishlist

Saint Laurent Fall Winter 2015 Wishlist

7th June 2015

The Saint Laurent menswear has always been if not, continuously delivering pure luxury that speaks of craftsmanship and authenticity in the leading designer market. For the upcoming Fall Winter 2015, Saint Laurent men’s collection entitles “Paris Sessions” has undergone a creative makeover to further aid its perpetual appeal to those that appreciates and buys these success statements.

Hedi Slimane’s Paris Sessions inspirits a fresh generation of young Parisian musicians who constitutes to be the next Saint Laurent man, or boy. The latest homage collection consist an array of what seems to be ‘statement wardrobe essentials’ with little extreme pieces to spare, besides the highly pretentious hot pink mink fur coat. This is probably the most aggressive collection at Saint Laurent by Slimane so far, the signature punk rock demeanour has an remarkable appeal with relentless quality offered by the house. The outfits presented at Luisa Via Roma’s Saint Laurent Fall Winter 2015 season has a subtle approach yet equally intriguingly in style, it’s the type of beauty you could see and appreciate from a distance or even up closed in details.

There is something significant of that in Slimane, where creating less equals more, provided the designer produces the right pieces which could potentially translate an extended repetition for the wearer – such as the infamous skinny denim jeans, tartan plaid wool shirts and not to forget the notable Saint Laurent FW13 Teddy Varsity Jacket which all falls into this category. Slimane certainly has a talent of taking all the good quality bits of what’s gone in the past and re-proposing them as new ideas for now, it makes sense for any younger man in reality or spirit to invest in Saint Laurent because he’s more than likely to still be wearing them after a few seasons, possibly even in 5 years’ time. With Hedi Slimane, it hard to fault with most of his creations, the only significant challenge one face is either you are a believer in his vision or you are not.

There were a handful of runway looks at Luisa Via Roma’s new Fall Winter 2015 pre-order collection to choose from, every single Saint Laurent piece felt like building blocks we are all supposed to own, although most might consider them to be ‘fashion pieces’ that eventually would fade after a season or two. Unlike the other designers, Slimane certainly knows how to squeeze out the most vibrant potential from the decadent fashion ages, turning great bits of design into ultimate classics, something that goes with almost everything else without having the much thought required.

This season’s future statement classics pieces on my list that everyone should particular invest to start with is the Saint Laurent Swarovski Viscose Velvet Bomber Jacket, based on the teddy varsity jacket, this velvet bomber features rows of Swarovski crystals that forms a symmetrical fan-shaped shells of scallops – makes a perfect piece for a hot night out. I would also consider the a bold out monochrome Saint Laurent Striped Wool Sweater and Saint Laurent Striped Shetland Wool Scarf priced at an affordable $350 – these essential pieces accentuate the natural SL style. On Fridays, I would love to be dressed in a killer looking Saint Laurent Pinstriped Wool Suit to take on the office – yes I suggest you need to get them in one set not separate pieces to match. A fancy Saint Laurent Micro Confetti Print Light Viscose Twill Shirt that has evolved from its predecessor FW14 collection, and last but not least – really tight skinny denims in the case of a 5 zipper pocket feature on the Saint Laurent 15cm Black Zipper Stretch Denim Jeans. These styles are a few examples that are particular convincing for great casual classics with a fashion edge that are timeless, among the simple black colour palette, seductive motifs, and penchant for sequins made a prominent splash. From boys and men – will want it all.

Top down, the Saint Laurent Fall Winter 2015 menswear collection wasn’t anything that we have not seen before but it didn’t matter, because every bit and extra detailing enclosed on repeated styles still felt as fresh and enthralling as it claimed to be. It is a beautiful collection with a piece of history that plans to move you even after many years. Although the basic silhouette has been around for a decade now since Slimane started from Dior Homme, and even despite the hefty price tag circling in four figures on average will sell like hot cakes. So better reserve yours now at Luisa Via Roma, especially the pieces that aspires you the most won’t be hanging too long.

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Sale

SSENSE Spring Summer 2015 Sale

25th May 2015

Announced on 24th May 2015, the SSENSE Spring Summer 2015 sale starts off today now on Monday, 25th May 2015 at 9:00am EST. Selected Spring Summer 2015 mens are set at 20% – 30% discount, while Fall Winter 2014 gets up to 70% off. And the best part is free shipping worldwide!

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Outfit

Balenciaga Black Marble High-Top Sneakers

22nd May 2015

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BALENCIAGA’S LEGACY CIRCA FW13

When former creative director Nicholas Ghesquière left his post in late 2012, New York based designer Alexander Wang embarked to take on the high position at Balenciaga. With challenging projects faced with high expectations set for Taiwanese-American born Wang who will continue to develop his own eponymous brand while handling all forms of ready-to-wear and accessories division of Balenciaga, as well as upholding the French label’s image through the use of his own creativity and research to reinterpret the modern yet distinctive, and extremely innovative style established by the great founder Cristóbal Balenciaga.

Wang’s first notable collection was faux marble as seen in women’s Balenciaga Fall Winter 2013. It was primarily an interpretation from the late couture master with an added sense of monolithic architectural legacy. The collection’s motif was a heaven sent and soon became an acclamation to the house. The first marble motif were spilled in cracked patterns incarnated into a full-fledged ready-to-wear adding accessories to match, however the prints were less refined compared to the concurrent editions found in many of the latest classic accessories. Wang’s creation initiated the definitive marble print movement that was powerful enough to inspire dozens of designers ever since late 2013 till today.

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In the latest Balenciaga incarnation, the marble motif has been reproduced to a far more natural interpretation and appears to make its way to one of Balenciaga’s iconic classic sneakers – The Balenciaga Black Marble Print High-Top Leather Sneakers, embraced by countless luxury fashion fanatics and sneaker fans alike, this innovative pair is truly unique in its kind. Simplicity in a subtle approach in every respect is key and class leading materials were integrated well into its initial design, the sneakers’ end result stands out in every way without appearing overwhelming.

Colour wise there are a choice of contrast coded white, black, and grey or an inverse black in two high-tops and one low-top. The most reasonable priced in the range is the Balenciaga Suede-Trimmed Marbled Leather & Rubber Low-Top Sneakers currently available at MR PORTER which sold out multiple times this season, but I think it’s worth paying a bit extra for the high-top variant which can be more visually engaging. The Balenciaga Black Marble Print High-Top Leather Sneakers dwell from a harmonious design and gets even more attractive, it just has the right mix of muscular proportions, clean chiselled lines that shapes its distinctive contour and an aggressive detailing. The fact that it looks pretty standard is cool as well, though to the trained eye it’s something pretty special.

Lookbook

G Givenchy Spring Summer 2015 Lookbook

22nd April 2015

This season marks the second collection of G Givenchy. The occasion prompted the team of designers to consider the core competence of the fairly new brand. Developed and produced at LVMH’s Asia Pacific office in Hong Kong, G Givenchy is led by a talented group of individuals who has roots back to the main Givenchy line in Paris. The G Givenchy Spring Summer 2015 “Crafted Tribe” collection was in some way a great hit, it is a complete ready-to-wear collection with aggrandize accessories montage from the main line’s signatures. This time out though, G Givenchy designers took a somewhat different approach: the latest collection was a reconsideration of the G Givenchy aesthetic, and it was discovered by deconstructing the designer’s vision, the better to create a new language with the brand vocabulary G Givenchy has established over the first collection. The key elements were in play — punchy takes on wardrobe staples, detailed-inspired tailoring with a structured silhouettes, a streetwise attitude.

A glitch digital motif in primary colours, which also served as a metonym for the entire collection features various patterned designs in intricate elements throughout, introducing a sense of movement and to underline the idea that these highly structural clothes can be distilled in an unbound fashion. That notion was echoed in the collection’s many unravelled layering techniques, diamond details accentuate in laser cut perforation, creating a fabric inspired by sportswear, while experimental pieces includes hybrid silhouettes dressed in contrast textured embroidery and beaded works infuses the collection with its key details. This creates a cohesive concept throughout with conflicting combinations along fuzzy digital prints that looked like it was in the process of disintegrating.

The strongest ensembles were the ones that seemed in dialogue with themselves, like the diamond embossed neoprene sweater in red layered over a short sleeve t-shirt with double layering and distinct beaded work on the side seam, or the black crew neck sweatshirt with the same contrast beaded works and herringbone cotton ribbed details, even the little effects were not spared with that black varsity jacket incorporating a gradient glitch embroidery on the black panel, that the designers paired with straightforward black essential slim fit denims, or those Lanvin-like sneakers made out of trio leather in blue and black patent cap-toe is an understated elegance piece. There were a lot of modern menswear references here — not a new thing for G Givenchy or a major contribution to the fashion universe that would influence trend setters, but for the first time it seemed that the designers knew where they were heading.

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