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Published: 7 Mar 2016

A/W 16/17 Influencer Show: Balenciaga

It was the debut of the season, as Vetements wunderkind Demna Gvasalia traded dressed-up street style for the auspices of one of fashion’s greatest houses. 

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Gvasalia proved he is more than up to the job of Artistic Director at Balenciaga, tapping into the house’s archive with a modern eye that reflected Cristobel Balenciaga’s own unerring sense of modernism.

The opening passage of ladylike tailoring had all the architectural qualities of the Balenciaga archive, with padded hiplines and a jutting shoulder reconvening proportions and silhouette. 

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That almost couture-like reverence gave way to a more casual look. Ski pants and padded jackets created a silhouette of soft, rounded volume, with wide portrait necklines adding a deftly feminine touch.

Gvasalia has long been an exponent of elevating street style to high-fashion status, and here he worked iconic items like the aviator, the biker and the denim trucker into his looks, teaming them with knee-length skirts and towering platform boots.

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Gvasalia’s signature floral dresses were elevated to fresh heights. A series of patchworked floral scarf prints and gilded brocades were worked into flowing trapeze shapes with eye-searing striped hosiery. It was a masterclass in hi-meets-lo, done with a deft hand and a modernist vision. 

Need to Know:

  • Couture-meets-street
  • Tweeds and florals 
  • Ladylike tailoring
  • Reconfigured silhouettes through architectural cutting
  • Ski-inspired sportswear
  • Iconic classics reworked and reproportioned
  • Floral scarf prints with stripes
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