March 1, 2013

Classic Silhouettes And Innovative Fabrics In The Balenciaga F/W 2013 Show At Paris Fashion Week

Ever since the end of last year, when Alexander Wang was named creative director at Balenciaga, taking the reins of the label and picking up where Nicolas Ghesquière left off, the entire fashion world was anxiously expecting his debut collection for the famed French label. The result fully proved it was worth the wait. Wang approached the brand’s tradition and classic style on a fresh note.

The house’s signature elements, such as the sculpturalism that Cristóbal Balenciaga promoted during the Fifties and Sixties, were reiterated in modern versions – cocoon coats, jackets with rounded volumes, waists accentuated via peplums – and the alternated with simple, clean-cut pieces, such as cigarette trousers or pencil skirts. Wang’s inventiveness translated into the use of innovative fabrics, such as in the case of trousers fashioned out of laser-cut velvet, which was re-embroided afterwards for a sophisticated effect. A series of marble-like textures, obtained with the help of either velvet embroidery on organza, prints or intarsia knits, completed the elegant, couture-like tone of the collection.

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