Balenciaga has excited and pleased high fashion-loving women for decades now, thus Demna Gvasalia inherited a very captivating and quite magical history when he stepped into the role as Creative Director at the iconic fashion house. But he has his own set of charm and power—witnessed quite blatantly with the absolute obsession with his own Vetements brand. Thus he combined the sartorial alchemy of the two for Balenciaga’s Spring offerings: brimming with the desire and impulse to splurge and purchase whenever and however possible.
Seasonal collections can go multiple ways: complete newness, a slight
riff on a house’s signatures, utter steadfastness to trademarks, or a
combination of never-before-seen and tried-and-true. Gvasalia was
somewhere between all of the aforementioned with an assortment that
overflowed with color, grounded design, and age-old spandex.
Gvasalia is well-versed in sporty chic designs, but he gave a
sultrier spin to spandex than just all things athletic. Leg-hugging,
thigh-high boots caressed the models’ gams ever so sexily, while
va-va-voom leggings offset wearable, floral printed peplum tops. The
looks didn’t always feel elevated, but they sure as heck felt
Party tops made a comeback with 80’s-inspired head turners that
boasted embellished brooches, ruching, midriff-baring lengths, and
And good luck making it through normal-sized doors with the shoulders
on display. These coats were not for the faint of heart, but were
indeed a riff on the strong shoulders of the beloved Eighties.
Balenciaga’s price points will never be affordable, but the
functionality of some of the designs presented were appreciated. Simple,
striped button-front shirts were great wardrobe additions for work or
play and a khaki duffle coat felt like the perfect piece for
And let’s not forget the accessories. We have absolutely no idea if
we’re ready to get back into the square shoe game, but Gvasalia
certainly wants us to. As well as picking up an incredibly oversized
bag, which should be no problem for those who already have a slew of
them—they’re New York City essentials after all.
We won’t have to look further than the show’s front row to wonder who
will be wearing this collection. Kim Kardashian and Salma Hayek seemed
like the best style mavens to do so if any, though we know Rihanna will
also opt for some of the more daring wares.
Thoughts on the latest from Balenciaga?