The Vetements designer, Demna Gvasalia, a Georgian-born, Antwerp-trained alumnus of Maison Martin Margiela and Louis Vuitton and an erstwhile underground phenomenon among Paris’s most historic maisons showcased his first show for Balenciaga and we have to say, he certainly didn’t disappoint. His first collection perfectly embodies the French house’s DNA while modernizing it and making it more current, and up-to-date. Gvasalia reinvented the classics (the cocoon coat, the trench, the denim jacket, the puffer, the shearling) and gave it the famed hourglass silhouette by pulling them off the shoulder and cinching them at the waist. The show notes championed this approach as “a reimagining of the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga—a wardrobe of absolute contemporaneity and realism imbued with the attitude of haute couture. A translation, not a reiteration. A new chapter.” Boy, oh boy we certainly felt the Cristóbal aura with this collection.
The accessories spoke for themselves; the earrings were big and bold, the bags sleek but utilitarian at heart and the boots came ultra-fitted with a sizable platform. He gave us a glimpse onto what Balenciaga is like now with him on the reigns— Gvasalia is here to make statements whilst honoring Balenciaga’s past and adding the whimsical Gvasalia touch to the future. We love!