As you can tell, I have complicated feelings about Balenciaga. On the one hand, I detest the amped shoulder line Nicolas Ghesquiere is pushing this season as discussed in this prior post. On the other hand, his pants for Spring 2012 are astounding. It’s almost impossible to bring a fresh eye to pants, but all the more impressive when accomplished. The simple pleating at the waist is novel and has the potential to be quite flattering, a tough combination to achieve. I’m also obsessed with the bracelets shown with most of the looks (including the 2 pictured in this post). But the dresses at the end of the collection best express my mixed emotions. My first free association with the photo below was Dumb Donald from Fat Albert and the Gang, not promising. Then I really looked at the dress. First, I saw that the thick band of khaki at the bottom helps give weight and form to the light silk used in the body of the dress, a neat trick. Then, I saw that the patchwork mix of the printed and black silk was super-cool. Oh and there are the bracelets that I’m obsessed with. Finally, I see that it’s not a hat, but an exaggerated visor – hmmmm…I’m now in love with the whole look. You can see what I mean when I say that I have complicated feelings about Balenciaga this season.
photos: Giovanni Gianonni, wwd.com