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Vetements designer Demna Gvasalia debuted his first-ever collection for Parisian luxury house Balenciaga. Set in an old TV studio in Paris’s 15th Arrondissement, Gvasalia’s collection wasn’t quite as edgy or streetwise as his own Vetements line, but his clothing for the storied house nevertheless had plenty of grit to it.

Oversized ski jackets, shearlings and denim jackets were all worn off the shoulder – not as a styling maneuver, but actually cut to that shape – while billowing, sculptural silhouettes echoing the Margiela-inspired tailoring that runs throughout Vetements’ collections. Formalwear was given exaggerated hourglass shapes, again mirroring Vetements’ larger-than-life attitude.

The show was one of the highlights of the jam-packed Paris schedule, and its attendees included Gucci’s Alessandro Michele and Jacquemus’s Simon Porte Jacquemus, no less.

Vetements has wowed the world with its nonchalant, anti-fashion aesthetic and innovative approach to garments’ cut and fit, and if Gvasalia’s debut at Balenciaga is anything to go by, he’ll be doing a similarly exciting job heading up Balenciaga.

For more Paris Fashion Week news, check out Yohji Yamamoto’s FW16 collection.

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Words by Alec Leach
Freelance Writer/Editor/Consultant

Alec Leach grew up in Brighton, England, but now lives in Berlin