Between Prada and Balenciaga, leg-baring celebrities like Lady Gaga and Beyonce will have a field day come Spring 2012. The gam-exposing looks in question that opened the show were paired with slightly oversized, stiff paneled jackets that had the structured futuristic feel now a signature of Nicholas Ghesquière, who has been designing for Balenciaga since 1997. Later, the silhouette of the gleaming jackets transformed into similarly structured coats, while short shorts continued their parade down the runway paired with monochrome as well as printed blouses. More surprising were the dark wash denim jeans that followed. High-waisted and belted with front pleats, they were at once flattering and comfortable looking (the same silhouette took on non-denim fabrics as well).
As for accessories, the shoes this season were spectacular. Futuristic and geometric in design, on some occasions they came with angular protruding shapes. Bags followed the oversized trend we first saw in New York, with clutches that had a side handle to slip one’s arm through. Stacked bangles and droopy oversized hats completed the impeccably styled collection. The one hiccup? The metallic and print-blocked dresses that closed the show which, stage and editorial shoots aside, held very little in the way of wearable appeal.