Balenciaga Goes Basque For FW18

Balenciaga Goes Basque For FW18

Demna Gvasalia's voice is only getting stronger with his FW18 collection for Balenciaga.

Demna Gvasalia's voice is only getting stronger with his FW18 collection for Balenciaga.

Text: AJ Longabaugh

Demna Gvasalia’s individualistic eye and intuition surrounding the creation and consumption of fashion has shifted the industry in unimaginable ways. The vision he has continued to evolve at Balenciaga has only become more keen with his FW18 collection. Using modern technology, creative explorations beyond the archive, and thoughtful and informed production, Gvasalia loudly expressed the direction his creative vision and voice were heading this season. 

The strong 74-piece collection created a storyline of layering from beginning to end. He started with crushed velvet, fitting tightly to the body acting almost as an undergarment but still sleek enough to be a statement piece, as seen with his bodycon cocktail dresses and full sleeve turtlenecks. Next to come, was the army of tailored button-up jackets and coats, constructed with structural basque waistlines; seemingly futuristic in shape yet vintage in look. In finale, Gvasalia styled models in layers aplenty, multiplying a single layer of outerwear times five, creating an epic display of oversized shapeless proportions, including multiple plaids and saturated faux fur linings.

In an effort to look beyond the runway, Gvasalia included World Food Program Merchandise that when purchased benefits the UN charity aiming to end world poverty. This humbling gesture paints an on-point portrait of the progressive importance behind Demna Gvasalia and his work. His ability to see beyond a brand and into the inevitable but still open-ended future, is a positive feat entering the next wave of fashion. Click through to see the full collection below. 

Credits: Images courtesy of Vogue Runway

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