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Balenciaga SS18 - More Demna, less Cristobal

The wardrobe of a bourgeois lady blended with street and casual vibrations

Balenciaga SS18 - More Demna, less Cristobal The wardrobe of a bourgeois lady blended with street and casual vibrations

After exploring the style and the codes of the Balenciaga mansion in the previous collections, for the Balenciaga SS18 Mr. Demna Gvasalia begins to introduce in his creations his own personal fashion idea.

There are all the secrets of Vetements’ success, from XL volumes, such as jackets over and maxi bag decorated with long fringes to the overlapping of textiles and garments, futuristic mood recreated in plastic-shirts to eco romantic floral prints on pants and second-skin cuissard with “screen-savers” graphics inspired by nature.

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" It was the first season where I wanted to put more Demna in it somehow" -  the designer admitted interviewed by Vogue - "I went back to the archives and I wanted to pay tribute to the DNA and methodology of Cristóbal. I wanted it to be about things that I like and things that I value, mixed".

Starting from the intention to redraw the contours of the wardrobe of a bourgeois lady blending them with street and casual, Demna Gvasalia creates a proposal for next summer perfectly adherent to the ugly beauty philosophy that has helped spread in recent years. An example? The "Foam" aka the famous plastic clogs, born from the collaboration with the Crocs brand, that the Georgian designer declines in a version with a ten-centimeter plateau between raver, kawaii and lolita in candy colors, decorated with flowers and three-dimensional animals.

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The Balenciaga SS18 collection represents a luxury underground, fully bonded to the taste of Millenials, in which each garment can hide much of what appears at first glance and nothing is as it seems.

In this view, the trench mixes with the denim jacket; the sweatshirts, with knotted sleeves, are worn like shawls; the twin set is covered with prints; the pants are patchwork or have above mountain landscapes or sunsets; the oversized sweater with lace edges are worn with flowing skirts; the shirts are plastified; some outfits are half coats and half dressed together. It is a creative chaos that conquers and blends different elements that, together, find an unparalleled harmony like the punk tartan that recalls Mrs. Westwood matched with boots that show sunsets or tweed with printed outfits.

 images via Vogue