The highlight of couture week has been Balenciaga couture Fall 21. A tribute to the absolute essence of Balenciaga, it was both austere and grandiose, and I think it’s fair to say, surpassed everyone’s expectations.
Having kind of tuned out recent Balenciaga ready-to-wear collections (too hype-y, too meme-y!), I was enthralled by this first Balenciaga couture collection in 53 years. The minimalist silhouettes, (what a fab trench!), the space-age headgear, the jeans and tee treatment and the baublicious jewels. What looked like a crocodile skin skirt and trousers were in fact made from tiny pieced-together squares of leather. There were shades of Margiela (one of Demna Gvasalia’s most respected designers), McQueen and – to my eye – Raf’s Dior.
It’s worth reading this ace Business of Fashion Tim Blanks interview, in which Demna describes how he nurtured a new team of ultramodern couturiers, his thoughts on taking time to enjoy the creative process, his approach to men’s couture and his quest to create the ultimate silk satin tee. In my mind this is much cooler than street wear.
WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Balenciaga couture Fall 21
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