Thursday, October 1, 2009
Balenciaga 2010 Spring/Summer Collection
Designer Nicolas Ghesquière's hooded, monastic urban warriors for the house of Balenciaga looked fabulously grim, but were followed in rapid succession by girls who wore their street edge more prettily, either in zip-front color-blocked shifts or leather “porcupine” pleated skirts. Another hybrid: would-be au sauvage leather tunics, perked up over kicky prints, also in leather.
The elements on display here were of the highest order- the splicing and dicing, the crafted leather, the killer footwear- and flaunted the core rock ’n’ roll bravado, edgy futurism and Parisian chic Ghesquière is noted for.
“It’s a dis-construction,” said Ghesquière, adding a new word to the fashion-speak dictionary. “I wanted to make an eclectic collage, to go back to what I used to do. I wanted to mix authenticity and techno, real and artificial, organic dyes and graphics. It was a challenge.”