It was the ‘Parachute’ dress of the mid-20th century that constituted a first womenswear revolution by way of Balenciaga. Now, helmed by Demna Gvasalia, the brand continues to break new ground. Expect cult pieces that explore the melodramatic femininity of its couture past through the lens of futuristic street style – the pioneering Triple S sneakers, for example, or sculptural, oversized takes on tailoring, nighttime glamour and sportswear, all warped into one. To finish, a spritz of Balenciaga perfume will cement that rebellious spirit.
Balenciaga’s Autumn/Winter 2023 campaign takes place where all great fashion decisions are made: the changing room. Captured via the medium of the zeitgeist – the selfie – it sees the label continue to eschew expectations with enlarged proportions and playful materiality; signatures such as the BB bag, Anatomic shoe and Defender sneakers are reimagined in new textures while voluminous tailoring and fluid silhouettes spotlight the label’s couture history.
THE CRUSH BAG
THE CRUSH BAG
Soft yet structured, the Crush bag by Balenciaga sees the House continue to push sartorial bounds, finding comfort in the space between structural binaries. It’s created to the same half-moon silhouette as its iconic predecessor – the Hourglass – while its collapsible design emphasises tactility, spotlighting the instantly recognisable ‘B’ hardware that proudly points to its origin.
Take one look at the footwear of Balenciaga’s Autumn/Winter 2023 collection and you’ll spot one common denominator: architectural silhouettes. It’s all thanks to the aptly named Witch boots, which spotlight pointed toes and an exaggerated counter set atop a gravity-defying stiletto heel.
Sunglasses play an integral role in Balenciaga’s aesthetic; obscuring the face and embodying the futuristic style the label champions, what was once a mere summer must-have becomes a means for anonymity – a concept the label frequently explores. Owing its name to its curved frames, the Hourglass Rectangle sunglasses are destined for the same cult status as the bag that serves as the inspiration for its silhouette.