This season was a bit of a departure for Nicolas Ghesquiere at Balenciaga. Instead of the usual sculptural plays on form and volume, this collection consisted of layered pieces with a tribal feel – there was a definite Mongolian and Middle-Eastern nomadic thing going on, along with an upscale hippie vibe with some traditional British preppiness thrown in for good measure. In the hands of anyone else, this would be a disaster, but Ghesquiere made it work brilliantly.
There was definitely a lot more color than in his previous shows, with layers of clashing prints and colorful patchwork in almost every look. Some of the standout pieces were tightly belted puffer jackets and the vividly colored dresses that resembled layers of scarves wrapped and twisted around the body. At first glance, it all seemed kind of muddy and over-styled, but a closer look reveals that every garment is intricately detailed and actually highly wearable.
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