Our Malaysia-based luxury lifestyle writer, Ong Chin Huat, joins a special cocktail party at Kuala Lumpur’s famed Starhill to celebrate the new Balmain and Chivas collaboration.
When two powerhouse brands decide to work together, there’s usually something special created as a result. Under the leadership of creative director Olivier Rousteing, Balmain has put their renowned style into an exclusive, limited-edition whisky-infused collaboration, and the result is some rather unique bottle designs.
With the combination of heritage, boldness and innovation, the two esteemed leaders in their respective fields share a vision that resulted in the highly coveted limited editions Chivas Regal bottles.
Balmain, known for its breath-taking outfits, is equally matched by Chivas Regal’s innovative approach to Scotch. This is evidenced by the modern interpretation Chivas Regal brings to whisky making by selectively ageing its whisky in Cognac casks. The Balmain x Chivas XV collaboration brings a modern twist to Scotch by blending the spirit of luxury French fashion with an icon of luxury Scotch whisky.
“Just like Balmain, Chivas Regal has always adhered to the highest standards with neither house being afraid to push boundaries and break with outdated conventions,” Rousteing said.
Adding, “Those already familiar with the Balmain universe will note that this unique collaboration includes a signature motif of the house -the oversized golden chain. It has served as a bold symbol of the defiant spirit of our rebellious and inclusive Balmain Army – a bold and audacious attitude that both Chivas Regal and Balmain celebrate.”
The first drop comprises just six gold bottles for the Malaysian market. Each is individually numbered and adorned with metallic armour and chains, a homage to Balmain’s signature catwalk creations.
The second drop, which has over 70 bottles available in Malaysia, embodies Balmain’s eye-catching and stunning silhouette with designs of chains and belts, reminiscent of the French fashion Maisons recent collections.
Having been integral to the growth of the Scotch whisky category worldwide, Chivas Regal brings together the best malt and grain whiskies to create something exceptional. From the premium range of the original luxury blended Scotch whiskies, Chivas Regal’s master blender expertly brings together the best 15-year old whiskies, some of which are selectively finished in Cognac casks.
Balmain’s storied roots started more than 75 years ago when Pierre Balmain first introduced his “New French Style”, which displayed a distinctly fresh, bold and feminine aesthetics. This daring move paid off when Pierre Balmain became one of the French fashion talents who ushered in the golden age of haute couture and helped re-establish Paris as the world’s fashion capital.
Today the house of Balmain is led by creative director Olivier Rousteing who has built upon Pierre Balmain’s extraordinary legacy while injecting his own sense of style into this venerable fashion house.
For further information about the Balmain x Chivas XV Collection, please visit www.chivas.com.
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