Monday, 5 October 2015

THE ORIGINAL BUFFALO BOY


Felix Howard (for The Face), Buffalo Classics 1981-1986 © Jamie Morgan / Styling Ray Petri

Former model and Buffalo poster boy Barry Kamen, has passed away at the age of 52.
Kamen and his brother Nick were the muses of influential stylist Ray Petri, whose Buffalo aesthetic, (a Caribbean expression adopted by Petri, used to describe rude boys and rebels), shaped and defined the style landscape of 80s youth culture.
A radical, hard and functional non-fashion get-up, inspired by the street, worn with attitude, the look included MA-1 flight jackets, sportswear with Che Guevara hats, Armani suit jackets paired with Dr Martens boots and tribal headwear with kilts.
“At that time, there was no such thing as a stylist,” recalled alumni Kamen in an interview for Dazed & Confused earlier this year. “There were fashion editors, but the word itself didn’t exist, so Ray created that.”

Buffalo's maverick collective was made up of other creative minds who shared Petri's DIY spirit, including photographers Jamie Morgan, Roger Charity and Marc Lebon - they helped dress a decade, and the pages of trailblazer magazines of the time such as i-D, The Face and Arena.


The Face / Buffalo Classics 1981-1986 © Jamie Morgan / Styling Ray Petri


Buffalo's aesthetic was so revolutionary that it went on to influence the catwalk collections of designers including Yohji Yamamoto, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Comme des Garçons.
Music was also impacted, with an homage from singer Neneh Cherry in the 1988 release "Buffalo Stance".
Cherry also narrated a documentary made this year, entitled "Spirit of Buffalo", which celebrated Petri's cult fashion movement - watch it below.


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