At the risk of being excommunicated and possibly stoned to death by the fashion gods, I have to admit that I had no clue Balmain even did menswear. I know, shocking, right?
Well past my initial moment of realization, which included excitement and a hint of confusion, I took a moment to gander through balmain.com and sure enough I was not disappointed. Though much of what he has to offer isn’t the most innovative and perhaps has been seen before, I will say this: it looks really good, and any man wearing his styles is sure to get noticed!
But let’s talk about what’s in his collections. Much like his women’s RTW there is one prominent motif: military!
However, for his men’s Spring/Summer 2011 designer Christophe Decarinin takes the militia concept one step further by adding in a dash of school boy charm and a whole lot of rock n’ roll. He shows us a wide selection of jackets, including embellished blazers, trench coats, peacoats, varsity and leather jackets paired with simple graphic tees, plaid shirts, and of course denim! From motorcycle jeans (a staple to the Balmain brand), some cargos, a couple of faded black jeans, and even a pair of silver jeans. Decarinin shows that denim is not going anywhere anytime soon and that it is truly wearable each season.
Every piece of this collection is impeccably tailored and is sure to transcend seasons. I’m just glad I’m in the know now!
PS: Don’t forget your combat boots!
– Sandoval Gomez