This men's collection is essentially best of Balmain from the past decade. It had few pieces that were from the Decarnin era but most of them are designed by Olivier Rousteing. For those who don't know the recent history of Balmain... essentially Christophe Decarnin revived Balmain in 2006 from a sleepy brand to the IT brand in 2006. Decarnin's biker look was the rage all over Paris. His biker jeans were insanely expensive (and the new ones still are very expensive); most started at $1,000 and some were as high as $2,500 for cotton jeans. Depend who you talk to /read, Decarnin couldn't handle the pressure and resigned in 2011. Olivier was his assistant and took over as Design Director when Decarnin left. Initially I thought he was just way too young/ inexperienced to be in charge for such a venerable house but some of his pieces have definitely captured my heart.
Here are my favorite pieces from the H&M x Balmain collaboration. The embroidery jacket looks amazing. While I'm not sure if it is wearable especially during daytime, I would be open to snatching it if the price is right as regular Balmain embroidery jackets are well into 5 figures.