Olivier Rousteing gave Balmain’s fall lineup a dash of wilderness. “It’s going to the jungle with Peter Beard, “ he said.
The designer injected animal prints into knits and varsity jackets, a first for the house. They were matched with knitted, low-crotch cargo pants, sometimes done in camouflage.
Highlights of the collection included a reinterpretation of the safari jacket, which came remodeled as a blouson, beautifully crafted from glossy leather or handwoven from extra-chunky cord.
Given steady progress for Balmain’s men’s line, Rousteing said he is ready to stage a fashion show next season. Meanwhile, a new flagship is slated to open in New York within the next six months, stocking men’s and women’s wear, he revealed.