Cristobal Balenciaga was a true couturier, considered “the king” by other designers and by the people who chose to wear his clothes. His fashion was very easy to recognize but Balenciaga was a private person that remained a mystery in the fashion world.
Today, Demma Gvasalia is the creative director of Balenciaga and, in the spring-summer 2018 ready to wear collection she wanted to make sure that her fashion sense and spirit is seen in the collection. The designer mentioned that he wanted the collection to be more him and less Cristobal. Demma Gvasalia managed to bring a sense of danger to his new fashion collection but to keep the clothes classy and elegant at the same time. The pencil skirts, shirts, and coats in the Balenciaga ss18 ready to wear collection are a mix of patterns and fabrics. The clothes are not provocative but they demand a reaction. They are edgy and outrageous but they are somehow smart and wearable at the same time. It’s like the designer observed everything that happens on the streets in terms of style and he combined different styles into one piece of clothing.
Expect classic shirts made of leather, floral prints on front and geometrical prints or stripes on the back of dresses, asymmetrical tops, ladylike pencil skirts combined with bright-colored sweaters, utility jackets, lace camisoles inserted in polka dot dresses and numerous other surprising pairings.
This cotton-blend Balenciaga coat is a mix of a classic coat with a deconstructed modern coat. The oversized silhouette is still in this season but you can accentuate your waist with the belt if you want. Pair the coat with a pair of jeans for a casual but elegant look.
The pleated skirt is a wardrobe staple for numerous women since this type of skirt is feminine and chic. Demma Gvasalia decided to make it a little edgier with the asymmetrical hemline but the skirt is still very feminine and lovely. Paired with an oversized top or shirt and a pair of stilettos, this skirt can be worn at the office for a modern but professional look.
The Resort 2018 collection from Balenciaga showcased numerous floral-printed dresses that are playful, feminine, and perfect for hot summer days or for warm spring days. This maxi jacquard dress creates a beautiful and feminine silhouette. The ruffles are very playful and they create movement but the colors of the dress make it perfect for a day spent in the city working and not a relaxing day at the beach.
If you want to wear the dress during spring, pair it with a pair of matching pumps and a leather jacket.
The style of these trousers is very classy and preppy but Demma Gvasalia combined that with Balenciaga’s style of transforming classical pieces into contemporary pieces and the result is a high-waist and relaxed pair of trousers that look cool with oversized T-shirts tucked in.
This leather shirt is the perfect example of the creative director’s vision – classic pieces can be transformed into statement, edgy pieces if you use the right fabric. In this case, leather was used to completely transform the way you see shirts. If you found them boring and too office-like, you might change your mind. Pair the shirt with some skinny jeans and stilettos and your outfit is perfect.
The classic flower-print midi skirt was transformed into a statement clothing article by Balenciaga. The dress has two contrasting prints – purple flowers on yellow in the front and daisies on black in the back. The midi-length dress has ruffled short sleeves and it is deconstructed to flow around the body. If you pair the dress with ankle boots and a simple tote bag, you’ve got yourself a very feminine but modern outfit for spring.