March 5, 2009

f/w 09.10 paris: balenciaga.


just when you thought nicolas ghesquiere had us all living in a 3010 utopian society where everyone wears shoe-stockings, he brings us right back down to earth by showing a balenciaga collection where you feel like you’re in late seventies/80s paris. in the show at the crillon (same place where the debutante ball is held), ghesquiere was clearly inspired by saint laurent, showing lots of draped skirts and trousers which flowed softly over the hips and into a narrow leg. jackets had puffed shoulders but all tied (great leather obis) or had nipped-in waists. i loved the dresses (nicolas commented that the prints were pulled from the archives), the slim (but not skinny) pinstriped trousers, and the lace bandeaus peeking out under the dresses and wrap tops. overall i loved this new softer side of the balenciaga woman, a woman who is constantly evolving.

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