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Stranger things: Balenciaga goes for larger-than-life designs

Stranger things: Balenciaga goes for larger-than-life designs

Under new director Demna Gvasalia the label has elevated Vetements’s ironic-luxe streetwear aestheticThere were many strange things about Balenciaga’s catwalk in Paris. The inflatable puffer jackets, which swelled high above the shoulders to give models the silhouette of Gru from Despicable Me. A lurid blue stage set inspired by the European parliament. Credit cards worn as earrings.Strangeness is what Balenciaga stands for under designer Demna Gvasalia. There are traces of subtle meanings layered into what Gvasalia does – the visual joke of those inflatable jackets, for instance, is a reference to the cocoon shaped taffeta evening coats in which Cristóbal Balenciaga was dressing his clients 75 years ago – but weirdness is the overpowering top note. Continue reading…

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Author : Jess Cartner-Morley in Paris

Publish date : 2019-09-29 14:13:49

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