Ada, 25, France.
Currently reading I Await the Devil's Coming by Mary MacLane.
At last Thursday’s Balmain presentation, the first look out was a buttery leather safari jacket with silken cargo pants, important blue sandals, and a ringed collar. The jacket appeared often within the collection’s 45 looks. Its frequency anchored Olivier Rousteing’s theme, which, as he explained, could be summed up as “Welcome to my jungle.” Side-by-side with leopard prints and paneled skirts that referenced the visual impression of raffia, the collection had an undeniably colonial edge. Rousteing expressed to Style.com’s Nicole Phelps that he wanted his message to be about “freedom and globalism.” Approaching this collection in that way becomes problematic when we consider the dark, racial past of Rousteing’s reference materials. How does the black French designer negotiate the terms of the colonialist safari for 2014? And how, if possible, does his aesthetic mission overcome the safari’s history? Uncomfortable Conversations: Safari Iconography at Balmain
My grandmother has finally figured out how lonely I am and she tries to cheer me up but she can’t, which I know makes her sad, which in turn makes me feel guilty. Ugh.
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