The Balenciaga Pre-Fall 2024 collection, revealed in Los Angeles, marked a significant first for the brand in California. Set against the backdrop of a palm-tree-lined street in Hancock Park, accompanied by a custom soundtrack from BFRND, this collection is Demna Gvasalia’s unique take on Californian fashion through a cinematic scope.
Launching with a focus on everyday activities like jogging and visits to Erewhon, LA’s elite grocery store, the collection spotlights activewear. Think shorts, bras, leggings, and sweatshirts, echoing the 2000s celebrity street style of velour tracksuits once worn by icons Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. Balenciaga’s reinterpretation features low-cut pants, some daring enough to reveal a hint of underwear, and cropped hooded jackets. True to Californian flair, shearling boots complement the ensemble, defying weather practicality yet embodying LA’s fashion spirit.
The collection evolves into a neo-grunge narrative, showcasing oversized, layered outfits. Highlights include asymmetrical cutout pants and a hand-embroidered leopard-print coat, blending unexpected elements like outdoor hotel slippers and leather bags with nylon tote linings. The eveningwear segment dazzles with structured shapes and silhouettes, merging historical and contemporary styles, drawing inspiration from Cristobal Balenciaga’s original creations.
Balenciaga introduces new, highly sought-after accessories, notably the Cagole Tote XL. This piece is a tribute to the iconic Le City bag, reimagined in an oversized format. Additionally, the Maison unveils a limited edition collaboration with New York’s high jewelry and watchmaking connoisseur, Jacob & Co. The ‘’Diamant’’ collection, Balenciaga’s inaugural venture into fine jewelry, features exquisite designs in 18-carat white gold and diamonds, including a bold link-themed necklace and bracelet, and a unique ‘’Typo’’ theme with a slender necklace and a striking two-finger ring.
Balenciaga announced the immediate pre-order availability of the new 10XL sneaker, a testament to the brand’s commitment to exaggerated design. Available at the women’s boutique on Rodeo Drive and online, this limited-edition shoe embodies the essence of the House’s design ethos, amplifying its signature silhouette to new heights.