Balmain Fall Winter 2014 menswear takes on the second day of Paris Fashion Week introducing the newest and wildest menswear of the season. Named the “Glamazon Boys” collection, as the young creative director Olivier Rousteing drew energy from the quirkiest beauty of Peter Hill Beard’s East African memories. Pliny the Elder wrote in Latin “Semper aliquid novi Africam adferre” — There is always something new to bring to Africa, the new Fall Winter 2014 men’s delivers an extravagant mix in an array of olive and camel tones, peppered with animal impressions and eye-catching additions unlike anything we’ve seen nor expected before.
There was a veneer of sophistication even with the most blatant animal prints, a collection described in an infused snazzy and raw as if a hardcore military man and a party animal had met for cocktail hour on the deck of Karen Blixen’s grand house that explains the initial inspiration which took Peter Beard to Africa (Read more about Beard and Blixen below). Referencing both formalities and safari for today’s world, Rousteing seamlessly slid from the relaxed Balmain Homme Spring Summer 2014 to dressed-up the colder months with practiced ease. The most engaging approach were the replica leopard prints spread throughout from the newest slip-on sneaker till the bewildered signature military biker jackets.
The main thirst of the collection came from the human side of the safari, the layered silhouette in an abundance of military tones with additional cargo compartments, zippers and embroidery work from four corners of the army world in Peter Beard’s abbreviated style. Looser fits found a bush leather cut from butter soft leather with drop-crotch cargo pants, or the Balmain fanatics must-have quilted sweatpants. On the other, crisp canvas flowed into slim leather, a camouflage print military jacket paired with a ribbed biker document holder, while a lapel-free blazer had the elegant appeal of a dinner jacket. Further on, thick knits and sheepskin lined outerwear recalled pioneering aviators jackets.
The Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection
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About Peter Beard (Wikipedia)
Peter Hill Beard (born 22 January 1938 in New York) is a photographer, artist, diarist and writer. Beard attended Yale University where he enrolled as a pre-medical student but quickly changed his major to art history. His first exhibition was at the Blum Helman Gallery in 1975. Later, after meeting Blixen in Denmark, he purchased a 43-acre (170,000 m2) farm in Africa. This piece of land was adjacent to her Karen farm in Kenya, and to Giraffe Manor at the foot of the Ngong Hills — a property which he named “Hog Ranch”.
Beard channels most of his creative energy into his collage-work and diaries, which he began to compile in 1949 at the age of eleven. Peter Beard began keeping diaries as a child and after discovering a love of photography, used photographs to extend and enhance them. Beard read Karen Blixen’s Out of Africa, which inspired him to travel to Africa in 1955. He took many pictures of the wildlife there and began putting them into collages and using animal blood and remains along with clippings to create his work.
In these works, he documents the history of his relationships with (among other things): Africa, Karen Blixen, the New York art scene, the fashion world, Hollywood, and the Kennedy administration. Page after page is covered with photographs of women, transcribed telephone messages, marginalia in India ink, clippings from the daily newspapers, dried leaves and insects, old sepia-toned photographs, drawings of animals and people by Kikuyu artists, quotes by Joseph Conrad, found objects, images of decaying elephant carcasses, and sometimes, Beard’s own blood.