Balenciaga - Spring 2011 RTW

26.12.10

The first thing that you noticed at Nicolas Ghesquière's terrific Balenciaga show was the casting. He opened with a trio of unknown girls with short, spiky hair that his team cast from the street, and he closed with the biggest super of them all, Gisele Bündchen. In between: Amber Valletta, Carolyn Murphy, and Stella Tennant—all of whom were very nearly bare-faced. "It was important not to disguise them. I didn't want clones," the designer said before the show.

Ghesquière made references to the house's past—a famous leaf-paneled dress of Cristobal's apparently influenced the cocooning shape of pied de coq coats; an antique clock in the Balenciaga atelier inspired a new range of watches—but this wasn't an "archive" show. Nor was it one of the designer's bold leaps into the future. The through lines here: a teddy boy-meets-punk masculinity (for the first time in his tenure at the house, Ghesquière showed creeper-ish flats); wet-looking, plasticized textures; and, once again, the places where the handmade and the technological meet. The last dress, for instance, was finished with couture techniques near the neckline, but a laser machine made the precision cut that separated the bodice from the skirt.

"It's a reaction to a certain kind of sexiness," Ghesquière said. "It's about individuality." That's not necessarily so different from his thinking last season, but if Fall was conceptual, this produced some fantastic, utterly wearable (not just once-and-it's-over) clothes. The list is long and ranges from houndstooth outerwear with a graphic punch (the pattern made from plastic-y faux leather) to sleeveless, backless button-down shirts spliced together from mismatched neon lace to the streamlined, comparatively simple tuxedos to quilted leather moto jackets to the closing pair of spare yet technically complex dresses. Who but Ghesquière could make real life look this interesting?





Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Milou van Groesen (A MODELS AMSTERDAM)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Eliza Cummings (NATHALIE)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Saskia de Brauw (VIVA)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Britt Maren (WOMEN)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Miranda Kerr (IMG)

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Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Bambi Northwood-Blyth (ELITE)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Ashley Smith (MARILYN)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Lindsey Wixson (MARILYN)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Delfine Bafort (FORD)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Aymeline Valade (WOMEN)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Jamie Bochert (ELITE)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Kinga Rajzak (IMG)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Liu Wen (MARILYN)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Jana Knauerova (FORD)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Arizona Muse (NEXT)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Anabela Belikova (SILENT)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Bo Don (MARILYN)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Chanel Iman (ELITE)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Katie Fogarty (NEXT)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Valerija Kelava (OUI)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Amber Valletta (DNA)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Ann Catherine Lacroix (ELITE)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Carolyn Murphy (IMG)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Patricia van der Vliet (ELITE)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Stella Tennant (MARILYN)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Carla Gebhart (VIVA)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Kori Richardson (IMG)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Lisanne De Jong (NATHALIE)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Kasia Struss (WOMEN)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Melissa Tammerijn (NATHALIE)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Caroline Brasch Nielsen (ELITE)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Johanna Kneppers-Corbel (WM)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Daria Strokous (WOMEN)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Kirsi Pyrhonen (DNA)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Mirte Maas (WOMEN)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Julia Nobis (ELITE)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Freja Beha Erichsen (IMG)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Gisele Bündchen (IMG)


Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Nicolas Ghesquière



Verdict - Very Rock and Roll.. Would have likes to see a bit more of accessories.. Love the use of prints..

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