Thanks to Demna Gvasalia's announcement that he would leave Vetements for good, all eyes were fixed on Balenciaga this Paris Fashion Week. And Demna left no doubt that he would continue to deliver. Against the backdrop of an EU blue background and a spiral podium, visitors were delighted with trash metal music and dramatic silhouettes.
The first few looks of the spring and summer collection could have led one to believe that they had gotten lost in the financial district. Models in conservative suits, with Mastercard passes dangling from their necks, stomped across the catwalk.
The silhouettes of the new collection were characterised by austere lines and extremely wide shoulders. A silhouette already well established by Demna Gvasalia in previous collections. Simplicity and drama were the order of the day. Power dressing for the 21st century. Gvasalia ended the show with gigantic ball gowns that were not too unlike the characteristic evening dresses of Cristóbal Balenciaga. It seems between all the zeitgeist Demna still found room to pay tribute to the founder of the house.
The models wore sporty leather jackets as well as skintight leather trousers and lacquered leather raincoats, which seem to have returned from the "Matrix". Pleated dresses and colourful tights in the 80's style pulsed with extravagance. The shoes were characterised by angular fronts. The men wore classic black shoes, women sock-like long boots.
A special mention deserve the playful handbags of the spring collection, which look like high-quality Hello Kitty merchandise. Balenciaga delivered a white, pink and black variation of the Hello Kitty handbag. Most likely soon to be seen on a street style star.
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