“At Balenciaga, wearing the clothes inspires new clothes. That’s the way we work here,”Demna Gvasalia said. So he made the design follow the gesture, and that accounted for the off-kilter buttoning of the coats, jackets, duffels, and puffers.
As distinct from his street-based Vetements collection, Gvasalia says he has set himself the goal of capturing “modern sophistication” for the couture house founded by Cristóbal Balenciaga a century ago. “I like ease and wearability. These words nonchalance and attitude—I don’t know what the new synonyms are for them, but that’s it.”
Truth be told, the asymmetric fastening at the beginning came over as a bit awkward and over-fashion-y (though, as he pointed out, unbuttoned, they’re just normal coats with some extra volume on one side). He made a clearer case for a redefinition of pulled-together chic with the pencil skirt looks—the trick being that they’re re-appropriated car mats. Gvasalia has just bought himself a car. One of his design methods is the repurposing of things, whether they’re objects from the daily environment of modern life or triggered by looking into the archive. Wing mirror clutch bags, key-laden chain necklaces, and diamante belt-buckle earrings flashed by.
As for Demna’s work in Balenciaga, more of a continuation of the Vetements style, although he made some “compromises” in the 2017 autumn and winter collection, surrendered several sets of works created by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Increase the size of the profile and re-shape, for the effect is indeed some surprising ingredients inside, he will be the classic glow of contemporary spirit.