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Balenciaga F/W 2016

Art / Architecture / Design / Fashion


Posted December 3rd, 2017 By Colby Mugrabi

For Demna Gvasalia’s first runway collection as creative director of Balenciaga, he sought to modernize archetypal designs from the house’s storied archive. Gvasalia’s masterful ability at constructing a distinct attitude through cut and form was expressed this season in the collection’s hunched-shouldered, hip-jutting opening looks, giving the model’s bodies a natural S-Curve, a pose popularized by Balenciaga women of the 1950s. The collection’s oversized puffer jackets and down coats went through a similar deconstructed treatment and were manipulated to fall just below the wearer’s shoulders, while the glamorous side of Balenciaga was seen in the jewel-encrusted stilettos on model’s feet and intricately embroidered floral looks. Exaggerated, tent dresses made of collaged scarves also constituted key looks, while there was a uniform storyline of oversized bags, skirts and coats. If Gvasalia’s first runway collection is any indication of what is to come, the designer’s vision for the future of Balenciaga is an exciting exercise in the beauty of contradiction, classic and new age, edited yet robust, simple and complex, a quintessential design language that will keep everyone guessing.

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Antonio Lopez

Red Coat Series, Paloma Picasso, 1970s

Antonio lopez  red coat series  paloma picasso  1970s

Giorgio di Sant' Angelo

Klimt Dress, Fall 1969

Klimt dress giorgio di sant  angelo fall 1969 fidm

Robert Mallet-Stevens

Chair, 1930

Robert mallet stevens  chair  1930

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Neuer Pavillion, 1824-25, Berlin, Germany

0d6c5bc8713c4653f7bc269c456b763a  ancient architecture classic architecture

Balenciaga Day Dress

Spring/Summer 1958

Cristo  bal balenciaga for balenciagaspring summer 1958  day dress  kyoto costume institute

Mike Kelley

Memory Ware Flat #13, 2001

Mike kelley. memory ware flat  13  2001

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Sotts valentine

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Custom Turntable, 1964

David gammon custom turntable  1964

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Harper's Bazaar, October 1938

Charles james  harper s bazaar  october 1938  photo by horst p. horst

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Haim steinback  ultra red  2  1986

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Le corbusier  villa savoye  1928 1931

Hector Guimard

Boudoir Chandelier, 1913

French art nouveau boudoir chandelier by hector guimard  1913

Balenciaga's Wishbone Suit on Colette, Vogue, 1950

Colette   1950   vogue   balenciaga s wishbone suit

Balenciaga

Harringbone Suit, 1950s

59d2c456ad369ab8fe51343826c45285

John Baldessari

Quality material..., 1967 - 1968

John baldessari  quality material...  1967   1968.

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Martin kippenberger  worktimer  1987

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Candles (Interior Cartoons), 2007

Parreno candles interior cartoons

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Roberto gabetti   aimaro isola  tacolo da taeletta vanity  1970

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Sarah charlesworth     bird woman     1986

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(Le Corbusier's iconic LC2 armchair)

Stefan zwicky  le corbusier s iconic lc2 armchair  1
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Antonio Lopez

Red Coat Series, Paloma Picasso, 1970s

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Klimt dress giorgio di sant  angelo fall 1969 fidm

Giorgio di Sant' Angelo

Klimt Dress, Fall 1969

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Robert mallet stevens  chair  1930

Robert Mallet-Stevens

Chair, 1930

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0d6c5bc8713c4653f7bc269c456b763a  ancient architecture classic architecture

Karl Friedrich Schinkel

Neuer Pavillion, 1824-25, Berlin, Germany

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Cristo  bal balenciaga for balenciagaspring summer 1958  day dress  kyoto costume institute

Balenciaga Day Dress

Spring/Summer 1958

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Mike kelley. memory ware flat  13  2001

Mike Kelley

Memory Ware Flat #13, 2001

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Sotts valentine

Ettore Sottsass & Perry A. King for Olivetti

Valentine Typewriter,1969

7 of 20

David gammon custom turntable  1964

David Gammon

Custom Turntable, 1964

8 of 20

Charles james  harper s bazaar  october 1938  photo by horst p. horst

Charles James by Horst P. Horst

Harper's Bazaar, October 1938

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Haim steinback  ultra red  2  1986

Haim Steinback

Ultra Red #2, 1986

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Le corbusier  villa savoye  1928 1931

Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret

Villa Savoye, 1928-1931

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French art nouveau boudoir chandelier by hector guimard  1913

Hector Guimard

Boudoir Chandelier, 1913

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Colette   1950   vogue   balenciaga s wishbone suit

Balenciaga's Wishbone Suit on Colette, Vogue, 1950

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Balenciaga

Harringbone Suit, 1950s

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John baldessari  quality material...  1967   1968.

John Baldessari

Quality material..., 1967 - 1968

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Martin kippenberger  worktimer  1987

Martin Kippenberger

Worktimer, 1987

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Parreno candles interior cartoons

Philippe Parreno

Candles (Interior Cartoons), 2007

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Roberto gabetti   aimaro isola  tacolo da taeletta vanity  1970

Roberto Gabetti & Aimaro Isola

Tacolo da Taeletta Vanity, 1970

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Sarah charlesworth     bird woman     1986

Sarah Charlesworth

Bird Woman, 1986

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Stefan zwicky  le corbusier s iconic lc2 armchair  1

Stefan Zwicky

(Le Corbusier's iconic LC2 armchair)

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