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Brand: Balenciaga

Season: Pre-Fall 2017

Key Pieces: The super-padded ski jacket in bubble-gum pink, the knee-high stiletto boots smothered in lace, and of course, the ‘Bazaar’ bag are all standout.

Editor’s Notes: Fresh off the controversy of its polarizing IKEA-inspired ’Arena’ tote, Balenciaga drops its Pre-Fall 2017 collection. It’s more of the same sartorial spell from the house’s Creative Director Demna Gvasalia. The Georgia-born designer who also helms Vetements continues to mine Balenciaga’s rich archive, with a firm eye on contemporary Paris and its past and present narrative of subcultures. The result is a zany yet resolutely modern vision of femininity.

Curious to know more about the Balenciaga “IKEA Bag” controversy? Here’s what industry insiders really think about the $2200 tote.

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