Balmain Fall Winter 2013
It’s been noted by retailers and retail staff alike that the Balmain ladies collection is one of the most expensive brands on the market. The men’s collection is no different and Creative director Olivier Rousteing has a broad scope for the future success and change of the line. The vision is surrounded in the Asian market where young men are the ones investing in the pieces and in turn, promoting the brand. These clients may be what is single handedly turning the neck of the brand, and injecting a more Asiatic feel to the line.
Whether you are a fan of Justin Bieber’s drop crotch pants or not… the Balmain drop-crotch is too substantial to be going anywhere soon. Nearly every pant had oversized pleats and an emphasis on loose, low crotch areas… That sounds sick but you get my drift.
The slim cut biker leathers of days gone-by are just that… gone. The silhouette has loosened, and in place of a rugged zipper, you’ll now find a Karate belt wrap closure or a thick obe belt made of worn looking croc. I love it!
There’s no doubt the line has gotten a bit more close-cut in some areas though, like skin tight leather pants with quilted and padded knees, the shoulders appear cinched and close cropped, and the frills are at an all time low. Bobbles and safety pins that once jutted out of the leather fabrics are now removed and replaced with clean lines or intricate beading, metallic threads, and subtle (yet not so subtle) detailing. The brand is redefining itself and refining its overall concepts. I’m a fan of gaudy, so I’m not 100% on the changes but then again, I’m generally easily shocked by change so this may just be my system coming to grips with a line that is adopting a gorgeous persona, without being all “Lady Gaga Rockstar” about it.