Balmain Looks to Tokyo to Inspire Pre-Fall ’19 Collection

December 11, 2018
Models Andrew Nelson, Jo Wonil, and Emil Wikstrom don embellished jackets and pullovers from Balmain's pre-fall 2019 men's collection.
Models Andrew Nelson, Jo Wonil, and Emil Wikstrom don embellished jackets and pullovers from Balmain’s pre-fall 2019 men’s collection.

Balmain celebrates its diverse army by looking east for its pre-fall 2019 collection. Olivier Rousteing cites Tokyo as his inspiration for the season. Rousteing explains, “My men’s pre-fall collection celebrates the boldness of modern Japanese design. Anyone who’s ever experienced the intoxicating buzz of Tokyo’s streets—whether in person or via films, photos, or music videos—knows that the dazzling neons of Ginza, the imaginative stylings of Harajuku, and the vibrancy of Shibuya reflect the distinctive more is more spirit that sets today’s Japanese design apart.

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The designer continues, “That dynamic and singular aesthetic, with its eye-popping palettes, one-of-a-kind graphics, unique illustrations, and densely packed layouts, provides an incredible amount of inspiration.” Showcasing a diverse lineup of styles, models Elias de Poot, Jo Wonil, Emil Wikstrom, and Andrew Nelson star in Balmain’s new lookbook. The models sport a mix of streetwear-inspired numbers and embellished pieces that capture the spirit of Rousteing’s Balmain.

Balmain Pre-Fall 2019 Men’s Collection

Fresh face Andrew Nelson stars in Balmain's pre-fall 2019 men's lookbook.
Fresh face Andrew Nelson stars in Balmain’s pre-fall 2019 men’s lookbook.
Jo Wonil and Elias de Poot don knitwear from Balmain's pre-fall 2019 men's collection.
Jo Wonil and Elias de Poot don knitwear from Balmain’s pre-fall 2019 men’s collection.
Sporting denim, Elias de Poot, Jo Wonil, and Emil Wikstrom wear denim from Balmain's pre-fall 2019 men's collection.
Sporting denim, Elias de Poot, Jo Wonil, and Emil Wikstrom wear denim from Balmain’s pre-fall 2019 men’s collection.
Front and center, Emil Wikstrom rocks a leather double-breasted jacket from Balmain's pre-fall 2019 men's collection.
Front and center, Emil Wikstrom rocks a leather double-breasted jacket from Balmain’s pre-fall 2019 men’s collection.
Embracing a streetwear-inspired edge, models Elias de Poot, Andrew Nelson, and Jo Wonil wear Balmain.
Embracing a streetwear-inspired edge, models Elias de Poot, Andrew Nelson, and Jo Wonil wear Balmain.
Olivier Rousteing looks to Japanese culture to inspire parts of Balmain's pre-fall 2019 men's collection.
Olivier Rousteing looks to Japanese culture to inspire parts of Balmain’s pre-fall 2019 men’s collection.
Elias de Poot rocks a statement jacket from Balmain's pre-fall 2019 men's collection.
Elias de Poot rocks a statement jacket from Balmain’s pre-fall 2019 men’s collection.