Taking over the helm at Balenciaga, Georgian designer, Demna Gvasalia, aka the man behind the street wear power brand, Vetements, just made his debut for the luxury fashion house. Puffer jackets, chained sunglasses and platform boots were among the Fall Winter 16 collection for his first collection as creative director. Speaking backstage, the designer explained his process “The most Balenciaga was the architecture of those garments, and most me was the choice of garments. The wardrobe approach – we tried to construct the attitude into the garments themselves. Normally for me, attitude is one of the key elements”. He continued to reason what luxury meant to him today “It is time. I think time is the most luxurious thing in the world. And youth. Youth is freedom.” Throughout the collection there were definite silhouettes, features and overall aesthetics that were very similar to Vetements, however carefully adapted to a Balenciaga consumer. Here's five things you should probably know about what went down at this PFW show.
1. Friends and fellow fashion designers; Simon Porte Jacquemus of Jacquemus and Alessandro Michele of Gucci came to show their support.
2. Wearing your jacket off your shoulders is a thing for Fall.
3. Gvasalia brought his signature floral print to Balenciaga, with multi print dresses, floral boots and even leggings.
4. Surprise surprise 90's youth was a key theme to this very mixed themed collection. White latex platform boots that screamed Baby Spice, denim jackets and rain coats made an appearance and then random pops of 50's secretary came out with plaid suits and sculptured silhouettes.
5. Gvasalia took his love of DJ Clara 3000 from Vetements to Balenciaga.