Under the discerning guidance of Olivier Rousteing, Balmain is renowned for its vibrant yet refined persona, spanning haute couture and impeccably tailored ready-to-wear pieces. Whether presenting a captivating pearl and beaded dress or an ensemble featuring floral patent leather, Rousteing demonstrates an adept ability to harmonize classic and contemporary elements. Presently, the designer is advancing his exploration into sporty and subtly technical styles with the introduction of the esteemed house’s latest Main Lab Collection.
Drawing inspiration from the house’s best-selling luxury sneaker, the Unicorn, unveiled on the Paris runway just two years ago, Rousteing propels the collection forward. The Unicorn, distinguished by its striking aerodynamic structure and sleek contours, seamlessly melds technical, sporty, and opulent styles. The collection’s introduction exudes a minimalist aesthetic, characterized by timeless shades of black and white. However, this serenity is heightened by precise lines, sharp cuts, and attention-grabbing graphic designs. An integral aspect of the ensemble lies in the incorporation of diverse textures, with fleece and jersey fabrics alongside matte and reflective textiles.
The debut of this exquisite collection takes place at the Balmain Main Lab pop-up in Tokyo, Japan, hosted at its esteemed Isetan Shinjuku store until January 16. Its global unveiling is scheduled for Friday, January 12, across Balmain boutiques and online.