Balenciaga Spring 2017: Extreme Power Suits

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Demna Gvasalia’s Debuts Extreme Power Suits at Balenciaga’s First Ever Men’s Collection

Demna Gvasalia’s hit pay dirt while scouring the Balenciaga archives for the brands first ever men’s collection. The newly minted designer came across an unfinished coat Monsieur Cristobal Balenciaga had designed for himself.  “We needed to finish the coat,” he said.  So the symbolic coat opened Balenciaga men’s runway show, ushering in a new era and “the return of the suit.” Gvasalia kept Balenciaga’s haute couture reputation in mind, and focused on bespoke tailored suits as a starting point for the collection.  He even alluded to the heritage and custom tailoring techniques used at Balenciaga by placing measurement cards in place of pocket squares.  What followed is a display of jackets that were either unusually small and shrunken or oversized and heavily padded with enormous shoulders that resembled David Bryne’s costumes in the film “Stop Making Sense. “The silhouettes were paired with cropped, skinny or flared trousers, and tailored knee length shorts. Some came with extra-long, delicate biker chains that dangled almost all the way down to the ground.  Gvasalia’s extreme wide-shouldered powers suits were exaggerated and appeared not to fit the models right.  However, the emphasis for the show was on casting individuals (a.k.a., clothes hangers ) which Gvasalia cast directly from Instagram. Gvasalia elevated the looks above 1980s power styles with sporty school boy blazers worn with laid back sweaters. Yet despite his serious street wear cred, the collection was mostly devoid of any street style influences with the exception of the occasional baseball cap famously capitalized on in his label “Vetements.”

Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2017 Menswear Ready-To-Wear Collection by designer Demna Gvasalia.

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Full Fashion Show in High Definition produced by Gianna Madrini, Style Editor – Global Fashion News ©2016 All Rights Reserved.

Designer: Demna Gvasalia
Fashion Editor/Stylist: Lotta Volkova
Hair Colorist: Andreas Kurkowitz
Models: Benno Bulang, James Wreford, Paul Hameline, Raad Al Gabril, Robbi G
Music: Don’t Change A Thing – Silent Partner, Sunday Plans – Silent Partner, Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license

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