Balenciaga Focuses on Garment Silhouettes at Paris Fashion Week

Between the acrid smell of newly paved asphalt and a low ceiling of strobe lights, the Balenciaga Fall show framed Demna Gvasalia’s view of the Paris street.

Balenciaga Focuses on Garment Silhouettes at Paris Fashion Week

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Between the acrid smell of newly paved asphalt and a low ceiling of strobe lights, the Balenciaga Fall show framed Demna Gvasalia’s view of the Paris street.

Creative director of Balenciaga, Demna Gvasalia called the fall collection “[his] ode to the customer, to people who actually go shopping for fashion. Because of course—this is the reason [he does] it!”

Like many collections this season, this one from Gvasalia clears away background distractions form the runway itself and the actual clothing. It focused mostly on silhouettes, being minimal will cool tailoring and an upstanding, rounded shoulder head. Really playing with the silhouettes, there was a buttonless wrap-over cocoon coat and jacket and minimalistic-chic pant suits aimed to please both men and women. Gvasalia knows he is dealing with the kind of fussy people who care about integrity and drop-dead fit, and that is who he designed for.

This season, Balenciaga was focused on the structured aspect of the garment silhouettes, without too many frills on the runway.

Gvasalia said he’s continued to apply and refine the molded, computer-manipulated techniques he’s brought into the house for the past year, “but now they’re more subtle, I would say. They are the tailoring tricks we apply to making a shoulder structure,” he said.

Cutting away background spectacles for this season’s runway show is a statement for Gvasalia; last season was filled with digital art. This is evident he wanted show goers to focus on the clothes themselves. Although he didn’t have crazy runway show theatrics, music for the show was a quick-beated techno to keep audiences wide awake. He said he’s not showing pre-collections anymore, so the entire brand’s stall for the next six months was laid out here in all its varieties of gender, age, and accessory appeal.

Gvasalia’s retelling of Cristóbal Balenciaga’s silhouettes were very innovative, with the retooling of the monastic silhouettes with high collars and hoods that covered the wearer’s face from view. This ties in Gvasalia’s reputation as a maker of hoodies. For more information about the collection, visit www.balenciaga.com


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