I guess I'll bite at this - the side zippers on our Villain are actually in place for two purposes: to reveal a functional hidden kangaroo pocket, and for layering.
We have nothing remotely similar to that Balmain hoodie available for purchase. The fact that we are using side zippers functionally does not mean we are biting Balmain, but then again I guess Balmain is biting anyone who made a hoodie before them.
Essentially a simplified version with minor tweaks, most notable Riri zips instead of Lampo. I don't think it's a bad thing either way, fashion in general is one person ripping of another. Plus, the fact that the poster questioned wether it was a JE hoodie shows their is an obvious similarity.