For Balenciaga’s Spring/Summer 2017 presentation, designer Demna Gvasalia proffered an assured sophomore outing.
Let’s get down to brass tacks: a garment could boast the most expensive embellishment, the most lavish print, or the highest price tag, but its true value lies in the cut. For Balenciaga’s Spring/Summer 2017 presentation, designer Demna Gvasalia proffered an assured sophomore outing, where impeccable fit-like-a-glove silhouettes reigned supreme. Flat candy-colored monochromes showcased fluid top proportions and skintight Spandex bottoms that combined pointed footwear and leggings into one solid line. Done with tremendous shoulders that were supported by whalebone rods (a Vetements signature) Gvasalia provoked an association with the 1980s in silhouette and spirit.
The slick Latex pieces were designed to speak to Gvasalia’s theme, “the intimate relationship between couture and fetishism”.
Included in Balenciaga’s Spring/Summer 2017 line-up were a few odd utilitarian pieces, which included oversized multi-pocket gilets with chain details, inflatable puffy vests, and latex hooded capes. These looks made for an interesting combination of streetwear and pragmatic layering pieces for the in-between months, and, in particular, the slick Latex pieces were designed to speak to Gvasalia’s theme, “the intimate relationship between couture and fetishism”.
For the fastidious, there were tidy polos, beautifully fitted shirred blouses, convertible jeweled halter-neck frocks, and oversized blazers with flawlessly tailored surfaces. A few break-out moment included a crocheted mesh top paired with a webby lace pencil skirt – a surprisingly pretty reprieve from Balenciaga’s eye-watering technicolor floral prints and confectionary hues. Although it is tempting to want to turn these well-constructed pieces inside-out for a closer look at technique, it was Gvasalia’s enormous totes that really stole the show – we expect to see them in every travel guide next season.