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Green, blue, even orange eyebrows! Love it, or hate it, the Nicolas Ghesquiere-designed Balenciaga collections never fail to make an impact. Brightly dyed eyebrows tied into surprisingly bright looks for the designer’s Fall/Winter 2010 collection. The structured, at times boxy, silhouettes the designer has been showing these past few seasons made for the Balenciaga’s now signature futuristic looks.

Fittingly, the show took place at the legendarily posh Hotel Crillon, but was shown on a decidedly 21st century brightly illuminating square-gritting catwalk.  This underscored Ghesquiere’s forward-thinking aesthetic, and incorporated new digital techniques (a la Hussein Chalayan) with traditional couture-like craftsmanship.

There were blocked and striped panels, waist-cinched sweaters paired with gorgeous patterned ¾ length pants contrastingly cuffed at the bottom,which stood out as the perfect balance between fashion-as-art and perfectly wearable looks. Similarly, a slew of paper-printed tops (reminiscent of John Galliano for Dior’s homeless-inspired collection) showed off the designer unique ability to work with fabrics, textures, and innovative shapes.

Wing-like details that looked like they may have been insect or cocoon-inspired found their way onto the backs of a handful of contrastingly colored tops, further proving that the designer is truly a master when it comes to creating dramatic shapes and textures in wearable ways.

As for the shoes? I expect Victoria Beckham to be sporting the fabulously futuristic designs in the coming months.

Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.