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Balmain Homme AW14

East African safaris evoke animal instinct with camouflage, survival skills and Peter Beard

Initial reaction:

Survival skills kick in as the Parisian city boy goes on a Peter Beard-esque east African safari.

How they wore it:

Impeccable tailoring takes a turn for the wild. Leopard print footwear two ways; bristling with fur or buttery and leathered. Outdoor-worthy socks were scrunched down to give warmth for those cold nights camping on the African plains, and sewn-on Americana patches adorned sleeves.

Call of the wild:

Fitted blazers swapped subtlety for shock-value with bold zebra print, while coats from the padded, fur lined, parka, and military found themselves swamped with cargo pockets and traditional camouflage. Utility style pants were made for movement; fitted at the calves and loose at the thigh, skimming the leg and rolled at the ankle, on occasion likely to be made from the natural beasts and resources that surround the Balmain man this season, supple leather, pressed wool and slim cotton. In the wild, Parisian cityscape greys are swapped for khaki greens, muddied browns and bone whites.

Stand out looks:

A selection of tightly bound raffia jackets, that injected the Balmain glitz and pizzaz that Rousteing usually reserves for his women; a biker jacket featuring thick rolls of raffia and braiding in purist white, a varsity jacket in zebra, fitted with rope-like edging and adorned in pearls – the plaits wrapping around the body to meet as a setting sun on the small of the back, and a desert beige blazer, embellished with short bursts of horizontal gold piping.

Sneak peak:

Days before the presentation, Rousteing hinted at his animal instinct by posting images of Iman and Rihanna draped in exotic scarves and fitted with tribal metal plates on his Instagram.