Balenciaga PRE-FALL 2016

Although the Balenciaga Pre-Fall collection was designed by an in-house team between Alexander Wang’s departure and Demna Gvasalia’s arrival, images show a strong Vetements vibe. With the choice of Stella Tennant, Julia Nobis and Marland Backus modeling among racks of garment-bagged clothes meant to suggest the Balenciaga archive. The models also walked in the house’s last show. The collection contains an oversized hoodie, slick thigh high boots and the flowing lines of a long, voluminous, undeniably Vetements-like flower-printed dress. But not all is lost from Balenciaga: One of the references, picked from the time of Nicolas Ghesquière, was an oversize shearling aviator jacket, refurbished with a printed collar spelling out the brand name, a neat trick Gvasalia reprised with the large Balenciaga labels he put on the puffer jacket and anorak in his debut Fall show.




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