Balmain Fall 2012 Men’s Ready-to-Wear
Olivier Rousteing is the new designer for Balmain that has lead the line to a new place with less… clothes pins.
Some critics really enjoyed the hard rock edge while others are truly relieved by the change in design direction. Olivier is a clean lines kind of designer that prides himself on the simple things like a clean stitch, or a perfectly placed trim on a cardigan. It certainly shows in the Balmain Fall 2012 collection that the amalgamation of hard rock and classical is going well.
Indigo jackets with strong shoulders and tight waists are adorned with detailed cuffs and ornate embroidered trim outlining the streamline collar and high hemline of the dinner jacket. The jacket of course is in velvet and where one might have paired this with a wool fabric in a complimentary color, Rousteing completes the style in a matching indigo velvet pant. Though shocking on the street, this design is youthful, romantic, clean cut, and takes the term “looks like a million bucks” and owns it.
The rocker definitely is still there though as seen by the way the pants are tucked into undone boots at every turn. The best way to describe this collection is new money with a romantic soul.