PFW AW17 : Balancing Levity and Lust of Balenciaga

by Bianca Hill

Demma Gvasalia's first foray with the fabled Balenciaga held onto the belief that introducing a surrealist interpretation of functionality can be a commercially viable endeavor while being artistically exceptional. This fall collection explores that same idea with much more layered complexity. The classic and iconic silhouettes of Balenciaga is still there as a foundational piece of the puzzle to remind us of the lineage of Gvasalia's vision, but what is added on is no less intriguing...from midi skirts inspired by floor mats to clutches that look like side mirrors. All in all, it is an homage to the car culture of the past, while moving forward as a form of fluid art.