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Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear

17th January 2014

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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Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

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.

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

Balmain Fall Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

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  • Anonymous

    NOT GOOD

    • The styling may not be right, but there is hope here if you look at the individual pieces alone.

  • Anonymous

    I dare say this is the best ive seen from Balmain menswear since AW 11. In serious need of those cargo pants!

    • I agree as well, there are many potential pieces here in this collection, love the olive military tones. However the leopard print is just out of this world and not so Balmain Homme-ish if you know what I mean!

  • Anonymous

    Hi Maurice! Thank you for this upload.

    One word: shocking… It's really shocking to see this Collection.. it's destroying everything I believed in lol . Can't find one really good item.. Always the same and less and less Biker Jeans and Elements.

    I don't know in which direction Rousteing want to go in Future, but I don't like it. Many Designer Labels have overtaken Balmain at the Moment. Please bring Decarnin for Menswear back, Rousteing can stay for Womenswear.

    • Hello there, I know what you mean. I was in a state of shock too, probably traumatise by this presentation and still in disbelieve.

      However, I try to have a positive thought about this collection, there will always be something nice here but may not reflect the traditional biker elements as Rousteing is trying to reinforce his seasonal creativity by taking the menswear into a different world.

      I am sure the biker jeans will still be here to stay. If you can imagine, it's just like Thom Browne, present an outrageous collection in every fashion week but when the items hits the store, the runway versions are usually toned down to be much more acceptable by the customers. I think maybe the young creative director is trying to tell us this, after all these are just pure inspirations that has created this collection.

      Let's see how it goes first. :)

  • Anonymous

    Hello Maurice,
    What do you personally think about this jeans?
    http://www.luisaviaroma.com/index.aspx?#ItemSrv.ashx|SeasonId=59I&CollectionId=M09&ItemId=12&VendorColorId=MTU1&SeasonMemoCode=actual&GenderMemoCode=men&Language=&CountryId=&SubLineMemoCode=&CategoryId=0&ItemResponse=&MenuResponse=&SizeChart=false&ItemTag=true&NoContext=false

    • They are great jeans from the Spring Summer 2013 collection. I have them myself, but the dirty brown finish will wear out after a wash which is quite disappointing.

      If Balmain is still using the same Japanese manufacturer, then the size will be at least 2-3 sizes bigger than the normal size. So take 2 sizes smaller, i.e. – size 32 is a size 30 or even size 29 if you have a slim waist.

      Get it here > http://bit.ly/1f3cuxd

    • Anonymous

      So basically this jeans from the summer 2014 is the same as from the SS13 one?
      Thanks

  • Anonymous

    Way classy and lots of amazing pieces here. I think Balmain is always distinguished from other brands and will always be.
    I love the fact that it is nearly impossible to implement such pieces in street wear.
    Check out the latest Givenchy collection which rotates all around a ball and those baggy pants.

    • I agree with your opinion that Balmain is still considered as a high luxurious fashion brand. Lots of designers are going street style with sportswear inspired mix, not to my liking though.

      Yeah I saw it earlier, there are some nice pieces. But I can't accept the fact about those baggy pants with Nike like sport shoes. Overall a good concept that is well executed with beautiful details, but the styling is just atrocious!

  • Anonymous

    i like this collction but there is a sort of gap between those articles, some are awsome and some are made "quickly" i don't know the world in english sorry…
    by the way the leopard blazer is a beast, go look on olivier rousteing instagram for more pics…

    • The leopard print is very cool, but not for meant for everyday. Its not like the past few collections, where most of the pieces are suitable to wear for every occasion. The current leopard prints are very flamboyant, i'm not 100% sure anyone would really appreciate it though the detailing are quite eye candy.

  • Anonymous

    Look 30 is easily my favorite! But what is that? A jacket or a vest with something long sleeved layered underneath?

    I can't seem to find it on Luisviaroma… but it's probably due to the fur ban. :(

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