Paris Fashion Week Spring ’08. Space Invader Style. Balenciaga

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October 2, 2007 • Paris Fashion Week Spring '08

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There is some a little unheimlich about this collection– I’m thinking Tales of Hoffman meets Tron. And to think that after reading Cathy Horyn’s blog about the “floral” motif (with one picture that was supposed to represent this whole collection btw) I thought I was in for a garden party of sorts… But I digress and will save my rant about recent Menkes and Horyn reviews for later.

Back to Balenciaga’s spring ’08 collection. Indeed, the almost inhuman beetle-like shapes that are the foundation for the collection are hardly “pretty” and maybe that’s the point. The hard, shell-like demeanor of the fabric is an interesting juxtaposition to what’s usually considered frilly and sweet. Duplicates (automatons?) walk down the runway eventually transforming themselves into robotic figures and lose almost all evidence of their femininity (note the turn to the pants). Is this really the future?– Amy Ko, Senior Editor

Photos: Elle.com

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