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“I wanted it to be more Demna, less Cristóbal this time,” Balenciaga’s creative director Demna Gvasalia recently told Vogue.“Something more vicious. Gothic in a way.”
And that is what we have. SS18 Balenciaga is strong and street-inspired, mixing and blending male and female tropes (men’s shirting, ladylike pencil skirts) and signals of power (sharp stilettos, strong shoulders). “Fashion is a reflection of the way we live. I wanted this feeling [that] something dangerous is going to happen,” said Demna.
Well-behaved women rarely make history, and the current Balenciaga collection is an homage to the rebel.
Balenciaga Newsprint Blouse & White Everyday Clutch
Fake news, makes news: Gvasalia has always had an eye for socio-political commentary.
This season, he scanned currency, newspapers, stock screensavers and turned them into bold prints meant to be layered. The newsprint shirt is this season’s signature look.
Street chic: The coder-classic hoodie turns ultra cool girl when it grows to gargantuan proportions. Demna’s vibrant accessories energize and elevate this everyday staple piece.
Balenciaga Grey Cocoon Hoodie & Bazar Shopper Bag
Balenciaga Yellow V-Neck Sweater, Floral Scarf & Large Hoop Earrings
Soft and strong: Pretty pastels are in good company paired with strong-as-sunshine tones. Keep the juxtapositions going with big and bold accessories.
Balenciaga Opera Raincoat, Tweed Knife Pumps, Black Skirt & Everyday Pouch
What’s my line? Stay undercover with Balenciaga’s take on the springtime staple, the trench.
This season shows a provocative mix of elements, such as ultra-sporty guy-wear worn with negligee fabrics in turn worn with ladylike elements that put that sexy message into another sphere altogether. The blend is post-punk and utterly fresh and new.
Balenciaga Swing Collar Shirt & Chain Bag
Balenciaga SS18 is all about appropriation, bad-taste-into-chic provocation and humour. So, take men’s shirting and make it feminine by wearing it with lace, or make the boardroom staple into street art by mixing with punk-inspired accessories.
Balenciaga Blue V-Neck Sweater, Floral Scarf, Laundry Cabas Fringes Bag & Large Hoop Earrings
Be bold: Striking acid tones and oversized silhouettes are blended with delicate and ladylike fabrics to mix the message.
Styling: Gianna Ritacca
Makeup: Bianca Perisa
Model: Kristen (Want Management)
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