Balenciaga unveiled their 52nd Haute Couture collection on the 6th of July at the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. The anticipated return was triumphant, as Demna delved into Balenciaga’s roots and archives, looking within, focusing on craftsmanship and exquisite tailoring.
The fashion show unfolded at their memorable 10 Avenue George V address, one more element that brought the audience and the brand closer to its heritage, reverencing their founder, Cristóbal Balenciaga.
A powerful opera from Carmen, ”L'amour Est Oiseau Rebelle (Habanera)” was the soundtrack meticulously chosen, echoing loudly as the models walked in an almost apathetic trance.
Sophisticated black gowns, mixed with bright red and pink were displayed in luxurious and dramatic dresses. Exaggerated angles and silhouettes, yet inclined to a more commercial appeal, delivering wearable pieces.
Denim surprisingly surfaced on the catwalk, mixing a contemporary feeling with the timeless and impeccable shapes presented. Demna paid homage to Cristóbal Balenciaga throughout the collection, reviving the brand with the Haute Couture ambiance.
Chunky jewelry, poised to become the season's must-have accessory, was featured in many looks. Light and tasteful makeup allowed the outfits to shine, while Balenciaga's signature pointy heels made an appearance, as well as bold and refined sunglasses.
The cobalt blue tailored pieces stood out, as well as the outstanding coats. The final moments mesmerized the audience. A divine sparkly long-sleeve black gown screaming elegance stopped the runaway, followed by a crystal-embellished dress epitomizing allure.
The real showstopper of the collection was the silver medieval armor dress, which was sculpted to perfection, displaying innovation and commitment to superb tailoring and silhouettes.
Demna was very successful in looking within the brand to find its true couture essence, focusing the spotlight on the craftsmanship, and celebrating the brand’s traditions.