#PFW: Balenciaga FW18 Runway & Bags Report
6 March 2018

#PFW: Balenciaga FW18 Runway & Bags Report

This season, Balenciaga joined the others by showcasing both the men’s and women’s collections together. To mark this momentous occasion, Creative Director Demna Gvasalia created a more elaborate show space. It was all white, complete with what appeared to be a graffitied snow mountain with Balenciaga logos, a smiley with Balenciaga logos as eyes, “40 Rue De Sevres”, “Be Aware”, “Love”, “Energy”, “No Borders”, and “FW” (for Fall/Winter), amongst others; all of these are variations of what we’ve seen on the graffiti bags collection that’s currently in stores. That said, the snow mountain really did set the tone, with the graffiti colours mirroring the vibrant colour palette used in the Fall/Winter 18 collection, while snowboarding vibes were evident with all the extreme layering going on and sunglasses that looked a little like protective snowboarding goggles. Hmm…perhaps Gvasalia took inspiration from the Winter Olympics?

Balenciaga FW18 florals

Balenciaga FW18 layering

Balenciaga FW18 Bubble Coats

Balenciaga FW18

Balenciaga FW18 Bodycon Dresses

Balenciaga FW18 World Food Programme

Between the copious amounts of layering and colours, were also floral prints, and the revival of bodycon dresses. But while all this seems as if he’s completely done away with the Balenciaga DNA, he managed to tie it in with coats for both men and women that had Balenciaga’s quintessential “bubble” silhouette that Cristobal was known for. What also stood out,  was some random phone number emblazoned and highlighted across the men’s button-up shirts, as well as the United Nations World Food Programme tees, hoodies, and bum bags, that will be sold to benefit this charity. The Maison also took their philanthropic efforts a step further, by donating US$250,000 to the organisation.

Balenciaga FW18 Bags

Balenciaga FW18 Bags

Balenciaga FW18 Bags

 

The FW18 bags on the other hand, were a bit of a relief for me. I mean, after the stunts that Gvasalia has pulled with the Bazar, the motorcycle compartment-like case from SS18, and the ottoman-like bags, this collection comes off as rather restrained (in a good way!) From Balenciaga-emblazoned duffels and dome-shaped silhouettes, to logo open-top totes with tape strips that form a diamond-shaped motif along with puppy and kitten prints and the odd shagpile carpet tote, this is certainly a much more “wearable” collection, or well, at least, to me. What I really did like, though, I have to say, are those bum bag-shaped bags that come with a chunky chain strap covered in contrast-coloured logo-ed fabric.

 

Images via Vogue Runway