#PFW: Balenciaga SS16 Runway and Bags Report
6 October 2015

#PFW: Balenciaga SS16 Runway and Bags Report

Alexander Wang takes the White Out route for Balenciaga’s Spring/Summer 16 collection. And this final collection is not something that we are used to seeing from Wang, as he does away with his usual street-luxe aesthetic and instead presents an effortlessly romantic, feminine, and very “light” collection filled with lace, voile, cotton and linen. At times, it even seemed as if some of the looks were meant for the bedroom (but without the risqué boudoir feel). After the show, he even  The question that came to mind, though, was that, with this being his swan song for the Maison, could this completely ivory/white collection mean he’s leaving a blank and clean slate for the next Creative Director?

As for the bags, Wang infused a touch of utilitarianism, but played down this vibe with the use of satiny fabrics and plenty of ruching. And then there were the braided raffia-like bags with super-long fringes, that, unless you’re as tall as those runway models, would probably have you sweeping the floor as you walk. For evening, Wang went waaaaaayy back in time with his golden mesh bag, that is actually a chatelaine that has its origins in the Middle Ages, but became popular in the early 19th Century. Wang of course gave it a modern twist, attaching it to a chunky knotted wrist cuff.

For his post-show bow, Wang emerged smiling, prancing, dancing, and often stopping to take selfies. Now, what’s next for Balenciaga’s future?

Images via Vogue Runway