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.
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.
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.
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:
- Tweeds and florals
- Ladylike tailoring
- Reconfigured silhouettes through architectural cutting
- Ski-inspired sportswear
- Iconic classics reworked and reproportioned
- Floral scarf prints with stripes