Photography by Ted Belton
“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.