Well, Gvasalia joined that league today, by risking the use of spandex, the synthetic stretch fabric that was invented by DuPont in 1958. Spandex takes intense color and print brilliantly, shrink-wraps the body, and, as he proved, can drape in a kinkily slinky, glamorous way. For many a year, stretch has been shunned in high fashion, except in the case of the dreaded athleisure trend. Safe to say, Balenciaga’s use of spandex had nothing to do with sport. Interestingly though, the Gvasalia knack is that his avant-garde instincts are grounded in street practicality. Last season, he did that with off-the-shoulder ski jackets. The spring updates were a couple of witty inflatable gilets. But then? Enter a useful red nylon rainproof parka, with a hood tied, head-scarf-wise, under the chin. The latex and patent leather capes that ended the show were the final “fetish” punch line guaranteed to stimulate hundreds of requests for editorial shoots. But more important yet is the fact that he is also a designer who is contributing clothes that will really be worn on the street. Balenciaga’s classic blanket bracelet is crafted in Italy from black-grained leather, decorated with signature antiqued silver-tone and gold-tone studs, and finished with an adjustable buckle fastening. Contrast the edgy aesthetic with feminine floral pieces. Continuing the minimalist shaping with elevation, the square open toe sandals, with ankle strap. Crafted with a trim of gold-tone studs – an embellishment borrowed from the label’s Arena bag series. They fasten at the dainty buckled ankle strap, and are grounded on a small-stacked wooden heel. Wear this pair throughout summer with monochrome ensembles and breezy dresses alike, as seen on the current IT girls of the fashion industry, including, Kate Moss, Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, Nicole Richie, Kate Bosworth, Louise Roe, Olivia Palermo and Lily Aldridge. This Pre-SS17 must-have is the Balenciaga giant arena slides, punctuated with gleaming gold and silver-tone metal studs to heighten the tough-luxe feel of the strappy silhouette. They’re crafted in Italy for mid-shine grained leather, and rest on a small-stacked wooden heel with rubber grip for traction. Available in Nior and Gris fume at Parlour X, style your pair to offset a breezy Summer dress. A style, which chimes the Pre-SS17 IT trend – Balenciaga’s quadro square top slip in heel is a hybrid of mule and sandal, cut away at the ankle and secure with smooth or textured patent leather. Pair them with utility separates, and a textured clutch.
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