Creative director Demna Gvasalia fuses that inherently Balenciaga balance of innovation and elegance with his own edgy, urban touch.
In August 1937 Cristóbal Balenciaga opened his first Parisian couture house, but it wasn’t until after the Second World War that his incredible design talent really came to light. In 1951 the Spanish-born couturier created a brand-new silhouette, broadening the shoulders and removing the waistline. He continued to innovate with shapes that the world had never seen before, creating the likes of the tunic dress and kimono coat. Original Balenciaga haute couture creations are still considered masterpieces today, in particular the sculptural pieces produced throughout the ’50s and ’60s. Cristóbal Balenciaga died in 1972, but his legacy and firmly established design codes live on in the house as we know and love it today. Under the ownership of the Kering group and with Demna Gvasalia at the helm, Balenciaga continues to be one of the most iconic and influential fashion houses in the world.
Shown entirely in hues of creamy white, Balenciaga's SS16 collection was a tender, sensual one. Alexander Wang chose to use light-as-air voile, lustrous silk satin and dainty ruffles to illustrate the label's vision of overt femininity. There's still a hint of modern, urban aesthetic in the relaxed sweatshirt and clean-cut trousers, but we are obsessing most over the fresh, romantic look that took over the runway. Delicate fraying edges bring an undone, imperfect edge to the lingerie-inspired pieces. Let one of the slip dresses become an evening go-to.