Oliver Rousteing’s Balmain is as much about the clothes as it is about the presentation. Beginning with models, Balmain’s fall-winter 2016 men’s show was opened by none other than Jon Kortajarena. Representing an explorer fusing references of travel with the French aristocrat, a regal wardrobe was donned by a sequence of top male models that included Sean O’Pry, Marlon Teixeira, Francisco Lachowski and Balmain muse Dudley O’Shaughnessy.
Building up looks that demand a dissection, the Balmain man generously layered embroidered jackets, gold adorned cummerbunds, military-style coats, draped tops and checked sweaters. Accessorized with leather gloves and riding boots, trousers were lean or tapered. Embracing velvet and leather, the season was about opulence. Stripes, paisley prints, buffalo checks and plaids contributed to the collection that revisited brand classics with an indulgent yearning.