Creative director Demna Gvasalia fuses that inherently Balenciaga balance of innovation and elegance with his own avant-garde touch.
Demna Gvasalia continues to honour the unforgettable vision of Cristóbal Balenciaga, all the while tweaking it to fit the framework of his own contemporary point of view. The designer's Spring/Summer 2017 collection for the French house revisits age-old wardrobe essentials, such as the trench coat, the shirt dress, the leather biker and the denim jacket. He infuses their sartorial DNA with his unique edge, playing to his strengths with proportion and volume. Redefining classics, Balenciaga SS17 is, in short, the ultimate capsule collection, complete – of course – with iconic City totes and Arena sandals, revamped for the new season.
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 Gucci group and with Demna Gvasalia at the helm, Balenciaga continues to be one of the most iconic and influential fashion houses in the world.