Balmain FW17 Menswear

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

“The show must go on,” sang Freddie Mercury bombastically on the Balmain sound system—and boy, did this show go on.

 It was huge, immense, epic. And that’s not a complaint: This felt Chanel-scale. Not only because it was full of Pre-Fall looks (how great it is to see women and men together on the runway), but because this menswear collection was the most baroquely bananas blitzkrieg of densely different designs Olivier Rousteing has thus far mustered.

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 He said the show was “a hymn to music meets fashion”; that, of course, he’d been mourning the passing of so many musical legends in 2016; and that he’d been thinking a lot—but not exclusively—about heavy metal.

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