At Balenciaga, Demna Gvasalia introduced his take on modern glamour and elegance, ‘’all the words that seem, kind of, taboo today’’, through a stunning, immersive event-cum-fashion show he created in association with artist Jon Rafman, whom he’d met at Art Basel.
The clothes themselves were a continuation of the dialed-back wares Balenciaga presented last season, like razor-sharp suiting, silky wrap dresses and glammed-up jumpsuits in a spectrum monochromatic jewel tones. Retro-looking denim, of course, cropped up across Canadian tuxedos (styled with square-buckle belts and wallet chains) and ruffled midi skirts.
The more distinctively Gvasalia goods came later, with enormously oversized tops and blouses tucked into light-wash jean skirts or glossy patent leather. Though much of the clothing was executed in muted neutrals, pops of red and blue appeared frequently, abetted by branded prints of fuel gauges, playing cards and a collage of verbiage like ‘’I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED YOU’’ and ‘’LOVE YOU STILL’’.