Balmain, under the guiding hand of Christophe Decarnin, has become an unmistakable force to be reckoned with; particularly when it comes to some of the sexiest, shiniest, most rock star-worthy womenswear going. But does Decarnin’s menswear carry the same sexual intensity and effortless cool factor that makes his womens lines such a success? Judging by the label’s Spring 2010 menswear lookbook, the resounding answer is “yes”.
Let’s not forget that mens fashion walks a more delicate line than womens; adding bucketloads of sequins and revealing cuts may create a phenomenal dress – but the same cannot be said for a menswear look that’s appealing to the every-day fashionable male. Subtlety is a virtue, and Decarnin’s Spring 2010 lookbook works it in volumes. Slouchy track pants and knits contrast against sharp tailored blazers. Leather jackets are immaculately crafted, paired with distressed tees and slim fit army pants. There’s an element of classic James Dean worked against a rough modern military edge.
That’s not to overstate the significance of the collection. It is, after all, nothing that new and the looks will not be right for everyone. But as far as styling goes there’s plenty to take away, and we’re certainly glad Decarnin’s touch doesn’t get lost in translation from womenswear to mens.
You can view more of the lookbook at the gallery below.