Balenciaga Ready To Wear Fall Winter 2011 Paris

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Balenciaga Ready To Wear Fall Winter 2011 Paris

The king of technical fabrics and directional ideas in fashion, Nicolas Ghesquiére and the Balenciaga team presented thirty-four looks that both awakened the eye and curiosity about textures used. 

A tough looking leather maxi-plat, first in a bomber jacket shape then gilet then scarf come shrug opened the show. The giant platting was expertly positioned to give a line along the length of the arm while large metal hoops hung where fasteners would be. These were paired with soft, vase shaped skirts printed with an undulating pattern of swirling shapes that resembled the canvas of a modernist painting. The extreme juxtaposition of magnified textiles, textures and emotion felt refreshing and sharp.  

Very accessible daywear followed that included forward-looking ideas. A skirt or shirt would have curving leather strips and zip-like seams swirling across the hips or collarbone giving a chic meets punk meets avant-garde feel. A clutch handbag made of the maxi-plat had a sporty strap.

Giant netting à la fish-net hosiery or basketball hoops over shift dresses was proposed. Some might say that this collection took a turn from last seasons overtly punk theme but one could counter that the elements of punk have infact been continued yet by playing with scale. As the overcoats with netted cap sleeves and giant buttons walked the runway, it felt as if a new moment in fashion, another peak in the continuing story begun by Cristóbal Balenciaga was born. 

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