Balenciaga F/W 12.13 Paris via TFS and Vogue.
“Imagine working at Balenciaga Inc. in the Eighties. Sounds fun, right? Well in the hands of Nicolas Ghesquière, the designer who has been at the creative helm of the label since 1997, it certainly would be - and that’s the scenario he imagined for his autumn/winter 2012-13 collection today.
The sweatshirts of the girls he was talking about cleverly took that Eighties staple transfer-front jumper and transformed it into something shoulder heavy, tough and cool with little frilled collars poking out from the top and worn with leather-waisted tapered trousers beneath. The look was anchored by pointy little leather booties with cone heels - everything was very precise.
Gauzy chiffon dresses were disco-ready - the idea being his merry band of fashionable workers could go from the office and off into the night in their bustier-but-loose dresses, diaphanous silk skirts, leather edged at the hems, and crystal earrings dangling from their ears.
“There is such a precision about what he does and there’s no detail he hasn’t worked on until it’s so refined and cool, beautiful and tough,” said Vogue’s Emily Sheffield after the show. “He really has refined a look but you can always tell it’s him - it really is the cut and the quality of the lines.”“