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Balenciaga S/S 2011: Paris Fashion Week


This season, a feeling of punk luxury swept through Nicolas Ghesquière’s Balenciaga collection, and this mood was perfectly mirrored in the designer’s model choices.
While the show began with a trio of unknown, spiked haired girls (each of whom were plugged as “from the street”), it concluded with supermodel Gisele Bündchen.
Prints, texture and layering were all key elements in the collection clearly inspired by menswear. Slouchy trousers, utilitarian-looking flats, disheveled button down shirts, fitted ¾ sleeve quilted motorcycle jackets, and bare faced girls with slicked back hair all added to the feel of this androgynous collection.
The most successful looks were the graphic faux leather houndstooth pieces that opened the show, as well as the cocoon-like cocktail dresses that concluded the collection. Each of these dresses showcased intricate couture techniques that made for futuristically bare looks.  
Of course, this sexy aesthetic requires a certain technique, one that only Ghesquière could achieve.