Demna Gvasalia’s debut collection for Balenciaga had the rightness of something the fashion world has been waiting to see. An immediate cast of a giant shadow over the entire season. With the venue for the collection, presented as a huge television studio, with padded white walls sealed in the specially composed beats, a soundtrack so sonorous that it punched deep and reshaped the air, this was Gvasali’s Autumn/Winter 2016 commencing point. Absorbing the lessons of the grand master Cristobal, the couturier whose search from transcendence through cloth brought fashion closer to art than any other designer has managed to do, before or since. The revelation of the presentation was the ability he has to translate the essence of Balenciaga’s couture into a ready-to-wear collection without diminishing its purity or its emotional charge. A rightness of something the fashion industry has been waiting to see. Tailored pieces, which opened the show featured in light that pushed the hips forward and the shoulder, back, instantly establishing an elegant authority and emphasis on the attitude all of which is Gvasalia. Later there were pencil skirts and pleats, sportswear’s pieces that were transfigured with another couture trope, portrait necklines, parkas, puffas and trenches. An obvious look which Gvasalia offered, was completing, thought-out wardrobe, the same way that Balenciaga would craft everything from evening gowns to gardening clothes for clients. There was a clear continuity and process of grunge to glory. The new rules of fashion shoes are in this season, commencing the collection, the pointy toe heel with square front, featuring a 110mm heel, this shoe has been and is currently garnering the most attention is for its super-stacked high heel. With no escaping from the great lengths/heights of Balenciaga’s footwear collection, this is a season must-have that has been coveted by style stars such as Suki Waterhouse, Kate Bosworth, Kate Moss, Halle Berry and Olivia Palermo to name a few. Moving towards specific silhouettes or styles within the collection, whether its shape, colour, style, finish or vibe, Balenciaga hasn’t missed the mark when it comes to bags. Whether you’re in the market for the best designer bag or looking to add an extra special piece to your collection, the Balenciaga, Blackout city AJ bag is the new-luxe style destined for IT-bag status. A more elegant yet rocker-chic, this understated, classic silhouette is a piece you’ll love for every. Featured in both small and medium sizing, the blackout city bag is perfectly crafted with perforated detailing in smooth black leather. Something of which has been a must-have for style icons such as, Aimee Song, Dani Song, Olivia Palermo and even Rihanna. However, there is also some standout showstoppers among the mix of class bags, including Balenciaga’s striped, colourful Bazaar shopper, this seasons answer to eye-catching and bag envy must-have. Alternatively, turn down the statement grabbing colour with the black colour way, featuring a smooth leather and body strap, the bazaar shopper has been spotted on the arms of Leandra Medine, Parlour X director Eva Galambos, Alexa Chung and Lady Gaga.
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