The fashion game has changed and the industry is opening its doors to the designer who’s fearlessly ripping up the rulebook. Enter, Demna Gvasalia whose status was cemented with the revolution of Balenciaga from the inside out, praised as “a powerful emerging forced in today’s creative world.” By president and chief executive of kering – parent company to the iconic Parisian house, Franccois-Henri Pinault. Demna Gvasalia has the intelligent openness and self-deprecating humor of someone who resists being seen as an aloof, ivory-tower genius. By funneling the energy of an entire amorphous, migrating, guerrilla partying under culture of disaffected Euro-kids toward a kind of fashion breaking point. The are his people, and the phenomenon he’s spearheaded has moved at a speed akin to the internet-fueled emergence of populist political leaders. A power, which has seen Vetement styles such as the floral tea dresses, lopsided hoodies, widened shoulders, and dangling sleeves in perspective spread like wildfire. With a unique approach, nurtured by sociological observation, Demna’s future was set on Balenciaga – which was in term a nature fit. Fast-forward to the present, to a complex known as Vetements-Balenciaga fashion’s new order. Now hailed as the leader of a new collective fashion movement, Gvasalia retains his role as head designer and spokesperson for Vetements, the buzzed-about collective of seven anonymous designers based in Paris where he made his name after rising through the ranks at Louis Vuitton and Maison Martin Margiela, Part of the city’s alterative fashion scene, Vetement has drawn the focus away from traditional houses with its simple, streamlined cuts and authentic, youthful energy. Only three seasons old, the brand has already been nominated for LVMH’s Young Fashion Designer Prize. It has now become one of the most anticipated fashion weeks to debut since Nicolas Ghesquiere took up the reins at Louise Vuitton, resulting in – with no surprises an Instagram explosion (one of the main forces by buzzed-about brand Vetements) when Balenciaga’s new artistic director showcased his first collection. Demna Gvasalia reference Balenciaga’s archives by giving the Swing blouse a distinctive collar. The classic white piece with polka dot print is designed to sit with the back draping open to reveal a hint of the shoulders, or moved forward for a more modern look. Wear over fitted trousers to keep all the attention on this simple yet striking shirt. Balenciaga elevated the classic shirt dress with the long-sleeved collared shirtdress style. It is cut from cotton to a universally flattering A-line silhouette, and detailed with a close-fitting round neck and long-sleeves- roll them up to emphasize the laid-back feel. Keep thing effortless with flat sandals and a hint of gold jewellery. Looking for a razor-sharp addition to your wardrobe – the blue and white vertical striped shirt is proof of Balenciaga’s shirting nous. It’s cut from cotton-poplin to a longline silhouette, with a white placket and decorative chest ensuring a slick finish. Wear it with ankle-cropped black trousers for a new take on androgynous cool. You can’t build anything without a solid foundation-outfits included. A great wardrobe starts with the perfect Balenciaga basics, which is why the vertical striped camisole is the essential day-to-night piece, which exudes bygone elegance. Cut from glossy cotton and silk-blend muslin, and intricately accented with button front and button detailing. Adjust the thing shoulder straps for your most comfortable fit. Vertical stripes continue to be a key look this season – they’re the perfect blend of smart and playful. Balenciaga’s long-sleeved collared shirt is cut from crisp cotton-poplin for a menswear-inspired loose fit. Tuck it into ankle-grazing trousers, and ground with backless loafers. Adding a subtle does of character to Balenciaga’s blue and white striped crew neck blouse, the tie waist with front extended flap is crafted from lightweight cotton-poplin and finished with buttoned crew neck collar in lieu of traditional buttons. Tuck it into high-waisted jeans and keep it casual with slip-on flats. There is a game-changing white shirt to be found in every Balenciaga collection, and for RTW PRE-SS17, the cotton-poplin crew neck shell top is the one to covet. It is cut to a supersized shape with an cinched waist and extended front asymmetrical long flap falling past the hips into a side-spilt covered hem. Temper the volume of this black and orange blouse with skinny, cropped trousers. Beautifully printed in green, true to form, the long-sleeved crew neck dress is designed with a fit-and-flare silhouette and a knee length hem. Cinch the dress at the waist with a self-fastening tie and add mismatched accessories to complete the eclectic look. Athleisure. Its not a trend that the wider public may have got particularly acquainted with yet. However it is on the lips of every fashion lover right now. For the uninitiated, it is all about embracing sportswear as part of your everyday look. Balenciaga tracksuit pants are set to be the linchpin of your wardrobe. They are crafted for super-soft leather for premium comfort, and shaped to a slim silhouette with leg lengthening side seams. Team them with a crisp white blouse and trainers. Monochromatic and menswear silhouettes define Balenciaga’s PRE-SS17 aesthetic. The leather a-line knee length skirt sits flattering high on the waist before falling into a voluminous silhouette – the black lining ensures it hangs beautifully. Style yours with a statement sweater and chucky suede pumps for a fresh evening look. The black boxy Spencer tuxedo jacket is a Balenciaga classic, remixed to directional effect by Demna Gvasalia. Its cut to a sharp, boxy, cropped silhouette with mid-length sleeves, and detailed with exaggerated shoulders. Wear it with similarly cropped cigarette trousers for a new take on after-dark androgyny. Cleverly designed to create the appearance of separates – the Boxy battle dress jacket is decorated with collared button up closure and exaggerated shoulders. Style with a box bag and ballet flats for polished perfection. A quietly confident piece within the collection that can be worn from season to season – Boxy Battle Dress jacket in leather. The heavyweight cady has a degree of stretch for a smooth, flattering fit, and is cut to fall in flattering asymmetric panels from the waist, style with black accessories for businesslike aplomb, and with bejeweled pieces for evening glamour. Balenciaga’s rose and white, and blue and white Lavalliere top is cut from silk-georgette for a luxuriously lightweight feel. It is detailed with self-fastening neck- tie and elastic gathered waist accentuated by front button closures – a key detail this season. Pair perfectly with tailored trousers and point-toe boots or heels. First spotted on Demna Gvasalia’s debut runway show for Balenciaga, the Strangled dress in poppy print epitomizes the collection’s bold aesthetic. It’s made for liquid-like silk-satin that drapes elegantly over the body, and is finished with a feminine ruching at the neckline and thigh spilt. Tuck it into high-rise trousers for a polished look or accessories with drop earrings to extenuate the high neckline. Patterns ran throughout the label’s RTW PRE-SS17 collection – decorated with streamlining water lily print motifs, the A-line knitted skirt features an elasticized waistband to provide flexible definition. Work the fully look with the coordinating multi styling top. Synonymous with easy luxe, the short-sleeved knit top featured in three differing colour ways is expertly crafted from ribbed cashmere for a fuss-free silhouette. It’s the perfect foundation for smart-casual looks, especially when worn with the A-line knitted skirt and polished flats. A long-sleeved crew neck knit sweater is the perfect addition to a trans-seasonal wardrobe. Balenciaga’s black and navy style is spun with a timeless knit, and featured a round crew neck and HTTP address at the back of the neck. It has a relaxed silhouette, so looks best balanced with tailored trousers. Concluding the RTW PRE-SS17 collection, invest in Balenciaga’s luxe aesthetic with the long-sleeved black t-shirt. It is designed with raglan sleeves and a ribbed neck and cuffs, and showcases a spandex logo across the chest. Slip it on with skinny jeans and high heels for an elevated take on daywear. A standout staple from the Vetement’s Pre-SS17 collection, the quick made oversized printed T-Shirt, cut to a contemporary silhouette. It is a boxy; crew neck fit those features short-sleeves that call to be tucked into mannish trousers. Team it with the series of twisted staples for the new season, including the long-sleeved hoodie jumper crafted to a cocooning shape with dropped shoulders and crew neckline, and branded with staff text on the front. Translating one of summer’s key trends, the spring summer dress is emblazoned with delicate pink, orange, yellow and light-green floral print, and trimmed with ruffles at the neck, waist and cuffs, and on the asymmetric hem. Team the sinuous silhouette with knee-high boots, as per the runway. When it comes to a fashion-insider favourite – Vetement’s classical reworked jeans are expertly pieced together from panels of tonal washed-blue denim and feature raw, uneven hems to enhance the deconstructed feel. Wear this high-rise, slim-leg pair with a trench coat, together with the extra long belt – crafted from smooth padded leather for a clean and concise look, and finish with point-toe boots for an assured off-duty look. Vetements continue to craft cult hits for Pre-SS17, with the crew neck oversized double T-Shirt, cut to a boxy silhouette with dropped shoulders and short sleeves. Leave hair tucked into the neckline to showcase the centre-back logo. The Pre-SS17 staples are the epitome of understated luxury, the entry level T-Shirt is made from a super-soft fine jersey, and features a seamless construction to enhance the loose, featherweight silhouette. Honour the label’s uniform aesthetic by layering it with sleek tonal separates. Presenting a typically contemporary take on a classic motif, the Vetements ruffles-shoulder polka dot prints crepe dress with black flowers and the white floral dress, both are crafted from a padded elasticated-shirred crepe, and finished with soft poplin ruffles along the neckline, shoulders, waist, cuffs, and asymmetric hemline. Wear it with this season’s knee-high boots. Oversized silhouettes are an integral part of Vetements Pre-SS17 presentation. Made from cotton, this long-sleeves 80’s shirt has an exaggerated fit, which is reinforced by collared oversized button up closure.
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