Designer menswear, although unaffordable for many (see the exception, below), is still the standard to which we emulate our style after and use as fodder for inspiration. The great news is that the state of menswear in 2015 has never been more dynamic, fluid, and more interesting than it is right now. Traditional tailoring, streetwear, and avant-garde fashion coexist and even go so far as to compliment one another on the runways and in everyday wear. We’re in the era where it’s OK for men’s fashion to be as bold and as coveted by design as it is for womenswear. To make things easy for you, we’ve picked out four of our favorite new menswear designer pieces from our favorite designers — some affordable, some not so affordable but all still as inspirational and easy to emulate.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, baudy french design house Balmain has teamed up with the oh-so-affordable, fast-fashion powerhouse H&M, headed by Balmain’s designer Olivier Rousteing. The line was launched this past week to a stampede of people who cannot get enough of the affordable version of the designer brand. In recent years, the brand has become extremely popular among fashion magazines, runways, and celebrities, exuding a retro, glitzy type of 1970s disco. Here are some of our picks from the Balmain x H&M collection now in stores and online. Although it’s difficult to choose just one piece from the already sold out collection, we’re stuck between the military inspired pieces, versus the retro-’80s inspired leather jackets and blazers with standout red detailing.