Balmain Spring Summer 2016 with Francisco Lachowski
Balmain – The opening choir of “The Military God” made guests jump out of their skins and into their assigned seats. For his first Balmain Menswear runway show, Olivier Rousteing seemed to mark the transition between his erst while hands-on presentations and this grander setting, complete with a star-studded front row.
See an extensive backstage collection of the Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2016 at the source: designsfever.com
When it comes to creative types, we often liken taking a tour through their office or workspace to almost getting a glimpse inside their brain, and when you find yourself in the Paris HQ of Balmain Creative Director and designer Olivier Rousteing, it’s
only fitting, then, when you stumble upon boots adorned with baroque beadery and old Miami Vice DVDs, right?!
After all, that’s the other thing that almost always, without fail, tends to manifest when we make our way through a creative’s space or personal archives: it kick-starts a veritable game of connect-the-dots, with us linking whatever we find to the fantasy world that they create for the rest of us. Namely? How it became almost immediately transparent how Miami Vice’s OTT shoulder pads and and wide lapel suits gave way to Rousteing’s collections, both past and present, for the historied house. From the trunk of beat-up, boxy black boots he brought from home to the iPod dock that blasts Britney and Rihanna on the regular; all of the elements of the French brand’s DNA under Rousteing’s rule couldn’t have been more apparent from our morning with the designer. Oh, and lets just say that since our little visit, we’ve been touting around boxes of Special K bars (his favorite) in hopes that one day, we too can be the proud owners of cheekbones that could cut glass.