Runway Report: Balenciaga SS18

In what’s best described as another social experiment, Demna Gvasalia delivers reimagined conformist clothes that appear to be inspired by gloomy, Gothic times. Not particularly strange since Gvasalia feels that today’s new reality is one filled with darkness and insensibility. In fact, he is often seen as a social spectator and translator of the times. “I wanted this feeling in the collection [that] something dangerous is going to happen, he explains backstage” Then he nods and looks at severely spiked, pointy stilettos, “Like these, I’m pleased with them”.

The audience was presented with a line-up of utility jackets, pencil skirts in punk plaids, camouflage peplum tops, vinyl men’s shirting, and curious prints of sunsets, dollar bills, and landscapes on trousers, blouses, and jackets. There was some chunky 80’s jewelry and chains, but it was the voluminous and overstated layering like camisoles on dresses, or denim jackets on trench coats that suggested a new much more efficient way of dressing – everything seemed joined, but easily separated into pieces as well.  

But perhaps the biggest stand out was the footwear – like giant rubber platform Crocs or Vetements reminiscent over-the-knee spandex boots in psychedelic prints.

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