Paris Fashion week kicked off this week, and the whole fashion community is eager to see what is in store for the new season. However, one of the chicest brands out there Balenciaga has thrown us for a loop.
The new fall menswear collection for the 2017/2018 season debuted in Paris this week, and it was perplexing, to say the least. The runway show seemed to be a time warp that sucked us back into the 1980’s.
Set on a backdrop of dove gray carpet and walls, the mix of suits and street wear was riddled with oversized jackets with sloped shoulder detailing, long oversized trench coats, thick knit scarves, and chunky sneakers with triple stacked soles called the “Triple-S.”
On an even stranger note, there were hoodies, scarves, shirts, and pins that resembled Bernie Sanders’ campaign logo, but instead of spelling out Bernie, they spelled Balenciaga, and the Balenciaga design had three stripes instead of Sanders’ two.
All of this comes from the brain of Demna Gvasalia, the latest creative director of Balenciaga. Gvasalia took over designing for the house after the exit of Alexander Wang in 2015 and has taken the brand in a new direction. Gvasalia, who has also designed for the label Vêtements, stated that this new collection took inspiration from the thought of “corporate dressing” as reported by Vogue.
They say everything in fashion comes around again if you wait long enough, and it seems that Gvasalia’s collection is melding the yuppie suits of the 1980’s with the cool, effortless comfort of the present day, and coupling that with interesting layering.
This new take on office wear is unconventional, to say the least, but Balenciaga has never been a common brand. It will be interesting to see what Gvasalia has in store for the women’s collection after seeing this very eclectic take on fall menswear.
To view the collection, click on the video below via YouTube.