Inspired by a series of lookbooks that founder Cristóbal Balenciaga had designed and that his successor rediscovered in the archives, Gvasalia, the newly-appointed creative director, highlighted a new sense volume with oversized capes, coats and garments mixed with delicate and smart dresses. Modernity was celebrated throughout the collection with fascinating details from yellow tights, smart clutches to statement jewellery. The old-fashioned repetition of the house’s logo across the entire carpet of the show was another interesting detail. A cool way to celebrate the brand and create momentum.
If you didn’t have enough of Balenciaga after the show, the Palais Galliera pays tribute to the Spanish Couturier, with an exhibition at the Musée Bourdelle entitled “Balenciaga, l’oeuvre au noir”. Similarly to Soulages, Balenciaga used black – whether opaque or transparent, matt or shiny – as a tool to express both luxury and simplicity, way before Coco Chanel.