When the first model strode down the runway for Balenciaga’s Spring/Summer 2013 show, no one expected that it would be the last collection Nicolas Ghesquiere would present as the Creative Director of Balenciaga. Self described as “the most sensual collection I’ve ever done”, Ghesqueire’s last collection for the iconic French fashion house was as extensively-referenced and conceptualized as his previous collections. Inspired by Balenciaga archives – notably ruffles from a Cristobel Balenciaga dress circa 1968 - asymmetric ruffled skirts and cropped boxy blouses came down the runway in tones of black, white and grey. Heart shaped necklines featured in sleeveless and long-sleeved dresses and blouses, knits dipped in glue for stiffness and the block heeled Derby shoe glided down the runway. Now that this collection has arrived at Parlour X, Ghesqueire’s fine attention to detail can be fully appreciated. Our favourite is the understated and chic Vanity box bag which has just arrived in store.

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