Balenciaga is one of the many brands that experienced a turnover at the top of its creative hierarchy recently.
The brand was quick to name Demna Gvasalia, Alexander Wang’s successor as it’s new Creative Director.
His first collection for the brand made its debut over the weekend, and it made quite an impression.
Gvasalia’s work is known primarily for its play on proportion, as well as the deconstruction and contemplation of everyday, casual clothing, which he smartly brought a healthy dose of into the brand, along with the inclusion of some traditional Balenciaga glamour.
It’s the kind of work some more casual fans might not know what to make of, but it’s a step into a more interesting conversation for the brand’s aesthetics.
The collection’s bag included several different shapes, but perhaps most notably, they were all big.
Gvasalia is clearly unimpressed with the micro bags beloved by designers lately, and his response was enormous, at least by physical measurement.
Multicolored striped totes, in particular, looked like beach bags or the thin nylon totes New Yorkers use to tote oversized loads around the city (except, of course they were rendered in fine, soft leathers and snakes skins).
There were also two different types of shoulder satchel, each with exterior trappings that reminded me a bit of luggage.
They were heavily structured and rendered in sedate neutrals, and I could see them translating easily into the consumer-friendly bags that keep brands like Balenciaga afloat.
See pictures below:
Photo credit: Vogue runway
Written by : Eromosele Patrick Eidusi
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