5 Things You Need to Know About the Balenciaga Show at PFW
Here’s a closer look at all the outfits and accessories.
From labels like CELINE to Saint Laurent, we’ve seen a handful of iconic moments on the runway at this year’s Paris Fashion Week. In true Balenciaga fashion, Demna Gvasalia set his Spring/Summer 2020 collection in an auditorium covered wall-to-wall in the brand’s signature blue. The show’s program noted that Gvasalia defined the new line as “dressing for work: power dressing, no matter what one does as a job.”
In case you missed it, we’ve rounded up last night’s highlights for you which you can discover more below. Also, don’t forget to watch the full catwalk in the video above.
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#DemnaGvasalia’s massive show for @Balenciaga on Sunday was about power: those that have it, those that don’t. That’s always been the struggle, but now it feels more vicious than ever. I asked Demna how important social comment is to his work. “It’s necessary as never before,” he answered. “I believe in being engaged through my work, I think it’s more modern than decorative fashion, and it’s also part of my personality.” The rest of our exchange will be in my review of the show on www.businessoffashion.com
Keeping in line with the theme of his collection, Gvasalia’s SS20 show took place in a political arena – a faux “Balenciaga parliament or assembly,” according to Vogue. The entire space was smothered in the label’s classic blue hue along with the actual runway and the guest’s seats.
This year’s collection revolved around the futuristic style of office attire where Gvasalia wanted the items to be more inclusive. “We looked at pictures of women politicians, of what they wear campaigning. We took this type of tailored daywear dress and tried to make it cool—not an easy challenge, to be honest,” he told Vogue. He then decided to “make them more boxy, and cocoon-y, which is quite Balenciaga. So many body-types can wear it. Democratic and easy-to-wear volumes.”
Towards the end of the show, models started appearing in crinoline dresses which somehow reflects Cristóbal Balenciaga’s heritage. “Ballroom dresses go back to the beginning of Balenciaga, when he started in Spain. It was mostly this type of silhouette he did, from Spanish painting,” said Gvasalia. “But we wanted to make sure they’re wearable. If you take out the crinoline, you have a sort of Goth dress to wear.”
As for this year’s makeup look, models were spotted in prosthetic facial makeup featuring exaggerated cheek implants and enlarged lips, while others sported more hollowed-out cheeks.
A number of models were seen in futuristic-inspired black sunglasses paired with their sleek outfits. Accessories included Hello Kitty handbags as part of the menswear collection arriving in white, pink and black. In addition, the label’s jewelry featured oversized earrings in all shapes and sizes, including the classic Balenciaga ‘B’ logo.
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