Paris is hosting the Paris Fashion Week from February 28 to March 8, 2022. The top labels present their fall/winter 2022–2023 women’s ready-to-wear collections for the event. Balenciaga’s time to showcase its designs through a live-streamed event came on Sunday, March 6 at 11:30
Every season, Balenciaga is on the minds of those who follow fashion. The residence defies convention and displays off in ever-surprising performances! Cristóbal Balenciaga established the brand in 1917, but it looked very different. Before escaping the civil war and settling in Paris, Cristóbal was the royal family’s costume designer in Spain. His own residence, which featured Spanish Renaissance-inspired collections, was built in the City of Light.
He abandoned logos, shoes, and the more dramatic moments that the brand’s runways had come to be renowned for in recent seasons, such as a produced snowstorm that swirled around models toting trash bags for AW22 and a runway mud pit for SS23, for the Autumn/Winter 2023 collection.
This season’s basic set featured models walking across a crisp ivory carpet. By keeping the site of the show, an event space inside the Carrousel du Louvre shopping mall, a secret until the previous evening, less attention was drawn to it before it started. While serving as the focal point of Paris Fashion Week until the early 2000s, the Carrousel du Louvre had been virtually abandoned by fashion designers as a show location for two decades.
About the Collection
There were 54 options, including elegant gowns, outfits with precise tailoring, and a brand-new handbag called the Big Bag. Although the brand’s streetwear influence was evident in the addition of a zip-up hoodie stuffed with inflatable forms sewn into its sleeves, the collection had softer, more feminine touches that made it seem more human and less apocalyptic.
The illusion is two pants stitched together as one came out to be a new move from Balenciaga. After the performance, Demna told reporters backstage, “The aim was to be 200 per cent me. “My plan was to edit and purify it till it could speak for itself,” I said. About the romantic costumes at the conclusion of the performance, he said: “I had delight watching my team members’ reactions as they were startled by my making the lace outfits.
High-necked sequin gowns, floral dresses, boxy leather jackets, big-shouldered blazers, giant denim layers, and bug-eyed sunglasses were all present and correctable in the collection.
Demna hinted already that the collection will be “simple” before the show, alluding to the values that house founder Cristobal Balenciaga had espoused. Catch the show on ‘Fashion Feed’ YouTube.
The designer and his vision
Since joining Balenciaga in 2015, Demna’s penchant for questioning standards of taste and beauty—including his sale of £1,500 trash bags and cut-up garments that he claims “were hard to digest”—was starting to irritate some people. However, in November, he stepped up the ante by producing an advertisement displaying teddy bear handbags worn as bondage by kids and another that showed documents pertaining to a case involving photographs of child sexual abuse before the US Supreme Court on a desk. Outrage poured through from TikTok to the BBC, making it fashion’s biggest controversy. Fans chopped up their garments on social media and vandalised stores.
Balenciaga delayed its apologies and then said the props were an accident. The organisation then sent out a string of communications, including one announcing its collaboration with the National Children’s Alliance, and conducted an apologetic interview with Vogue.
For once, Balenciaga’s collection complemented Paris as a whole. Last weekend, old bedding was transformed into coats at Vivienne Westwood as part of the trend of deconstructed tailoring, which involves turning leftovers into clothing and pants into coats. Bustiers replaced baggy pants at Alexander McQueen. “It was about revisiting the construction of a garment, pulling it apart and flipping it upside down,” said its creative director, Sarah Burton, backstage after the performance.
Demna claims that his spectacle-filled runway displays, in which models waded through snow, mud, and rain, “overshadowed the collections,” and that he will not return to them. Also, he will stop making the kinds of apparel and accessories that “push buttons”.
You inquire as to how the company would function without the buzz. That is, in my opinion, due to the product. I never intended to be perceived as someone who causes trouble. I struggle with socialising because I’m an introvert,” he stated. “To attract wearers is the purpose of these clothing.”
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