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Balmain’s men’s pre-collection includes a $40,000 baseball jacket

Daywear has been on Balmain’s radar for some time now as they look to grow their company under new chief executive officer, Massimo Piombini. They have yet to seem to let go of the glitz life though, as they have featured a crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000. The jacket hangs around in the “couture” section of the brands first ever men’s pre-collection.

The jacket has the words “Balmain Army” across the back, this piece alone took around two months to finish. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director Olivier Rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday.

The pre-fall 2018 men’s lineup is filled to the brim with denim, jersey, and knitwear that all ranges from casual to blinged-out. “There is the same diversity as for the women’s,” said the designer. The brand has already massive celebrity names who willingly support the label such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, and Zayn Malik. The brand has stated though that it is “looking to attract a broader male audience: as part of their international expansion. Menswear currently makes up around 40 percent of their total sales.

Rousteing described the men’s collection as a mirror reflection of their Balmain woman line, but of also himself. “My approach was also what I want to wear myself next winter,” he said.

So far, the collection includes sport biker-inspired gear, a range of double-breasted jackets, sailor knits and peacoats. The collection also includes the signature peacock-rock fare like the T-shirts with Ziggy Stardust-themed embroidery. The age range for their core customers ranged from 20-35, according to Rousteing.

Rousteing has said that there is currently a menswear “revolution” the male customers he has been designing for the past seven years are embracing “glamor without feeling ridiculous,” he said. “I can push boundaries more now,” said Rousteing.

Who Needs a Compliment When in Balmain?

Today, when we talk Balmain, we talk creative director Olivier Rousteing. Sparing the details, the man is as confident as you should get and his clothes don’t shy away from that title.

Below you will find images of the men’s F/W 2014 collection and you will realize that the Rousteing touch requires no stamp of approval. Rousteing worked a safari theme and played with colors of green, khaki, and camel, and exotic animal prints from leopard to zebra. The collection screamed organic extravagance, and expanded the world of Balmain.

Balmain this season brought you leather jackets and drop-crotch Jodhpur trousers in olive drab; and printed leopard jackets in pony skin. The collection also included and slip-on sneakers and evening shoes. The collection merely represented his new direction and remaking of Balmain: “It’s being more myself; my music, my style, my generation,” he said.

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Fall for Fall Trends

The clothes have been displayed and now it’s about time to get them bodied. During the F/W 2014 fashion display shows around the world, fashion designers weren’t shy to overstate the importance of empowering the boldness in men’s fashion wear.
From Saint Laurent’s rock’n’roll collection to Lanvin’s the ‘80s never died themed pieces, the runways kept throwing the perfect punches. While Kenzo and Mihara Yasuhiro got technical with colors and prints, Hermes opted for the edgy monochrome escape.
You name it, you saw it!
Mid summer is the perfect time to establish your fall wardrobe. Taking a glance at your favorite brands will allow you to execute the smart shopping. With sales being up to 70 percent in most boutiques and stores, you will find look a likes for the price you like. With Riccardo Tisci’s Givenchy pattern sweatshirts as an example, don’t be shy to take a trip to Zara to find a similar piece.
Not only did Givenchy have fun with sweatshirts, Acne Studios, Christopher Kane, Dolce & Gabbana, and Lavin participated.
Leather stood solid among designers and having said, the perfect and most sustainable piece of clothing that should be added to the list is a leather jacket. Almost all designers accessorized their outfits with a perfect leather jacket, please imitate!
And finally, while some men dismiss animal print, some take it to the runway. Bold of the boldest Olivier Rousteing invited leopard and zebra prints to the Balmain collection. So why shouldn’t you?