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Balenciaga

Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

Paris

Balenciaga

Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

Paris

BY Emma Richardson

March 5, 2017

It seems most designers this season have been inspired by Demna Gvasalia’s oversized, boxy shoulders and silhouettes, but the man behind the madness is already on to the next thing, namely wildly asymmetrical closures, and skirts folded over themselves. They would be otherwise rather simple designs (even if they were rendered with the house’s exquisite tailoring), but it’s a detail that adds just the right off-kilter vibe we expect.

In other areas of experimentation, skirts were made out of car mats, and clutches out of car door windows. The auto theme was echoed in the tire print-like pattern on the runway, which was made out of the Balenciaga logo.

For his grand finale, Gvasalia once again did a deep dive into the history of the house, this season presenting series of looks based on archival designs by Cristobal Balenciaga himself. Of course, Demna made them his own by styling the pieces with those spandex boots.

All things considered, the collection was—dare we say it—normal, which in its own way was unexpected.

Giambattista Valli

Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

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