Demna Gvasalia is not without a sense of humor. The Georgian designer’s work, both at Vetements and Balenciaga, is peppered with all sorts of tongue-in-cheek winks and nods, and his FW17 show for the Parisian couture house was no different.
Gvasalia took on corporate uniforms, and toyed with their silhouettes much as he did last season. Where his men’s debut for the house — its first-ever menswear show, btw — was all about reworked wardrobe classics. Here, Gvasalia added homages to Bernie Sanders (via a logo flip bomber) and Kering, Balenciaga’s parent company.
There was a whole ton of 90s and 00s-flavored dadcore classics included, too. The boxy corporate tailoring was accompanied by gilets, puffer jackets, flannels, tan blousons and even a tie-dyed sweater. Looks like someone’s been rummaging through their dad’s wardrobe for inspiration, eh?
Demna’s taken flak in the past for his majority-white castings in the past, but his lineup for FW17 included some middle-aged guys walking along the usual mega-young boys.
Most striking of all, though, was two new additions to Balenciaga’s arsenal of accessories. First off, those orthopedic sneakers. Taking the ugly-is-cool aesthetic (a la adidas x Raf) to the next level, Demna’s new kicks are outrageously dope. You’ll be seeing a *lot* of those when they drop, trust us on that.
Secondly, Balenciaga’s “Bazaar” bags, inspired by laundry bags, have a new sibling: leather versions of the sort of paper bags you get from high-end retailers. Jil Sander did something similar back in the day, with leather versions of paper grocery bags, so it’s nothing new per se, but a pretty dope idea regardless.