Demna’s Balenciaga Debut

Off the shoulder looks at Demna Gvsalia's debut collection for Balenciaga AW16

Yesterday afternoon, Fashion Week’s most hotly anticipated show took place in Paris.  Making his debut as creative director of Balenciaga was Demna Gvasalia, ‘nominal head’ of design collective and label of the moment Vetements.  I was among many fashion followers intrigued as to what this so-called industry upstart would bring to the historic house.

Not surprisingly, given Vetements’ very cool take on everyday casual, there was a distinctly  ‘haute street’ feel to the collection.  But many of my favourite looks were those that played with shape and volume, classic Balenciaga signatures.

I particularly loved the pronounced v-necks of these almost off the shoulder styles, which despite their questionable wearability – I’m sure I would constantly be falling foul of slippage – create a fantastic silhouette.

And talking of questionable wearability, what fabulous boots!

Demna Gvasalia'a debut for Balenciaga AW16 | MODE+MAISON


It will be fascinating to see how this less formal, more street-friendly Balenciaga will be received, both critically and commercially.  Will Demna Gvasalia’s ‘reinvention’ of the house, in what is at least in part his (Vetements’) own image, divide opinion, à la Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent?  Time will no doubt tell…

See all the looks from Balenciaga’s autumn/winter 2016 collection here

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