Talk about a perfect location. On the hottest day of the year in Paris, Balenciaga held its third runway men’s show under Demna Gvasalia in the Bois de Boulogne. And yes, it was a cool place to be. Shaded from the trees, the audience enjoyed a calm moment and saw Balenciaga’s take on office workers on the weekend hanging out with their kids. The casting included real dads and their offspring all attired in semi professional work place uniforms. This being Balenciaga, of course the silhouette was wide and boxy and many of the three-button jackets looked many sizes too big on the cast. Here, it’s a fashion statement, in America it’s the unfortunate norm as men still dress in suits, which are too big.
Gvasalia’s best idea?
Most of the models wore a three-panel pant, meaning a garment, which looked like a short worn over running tights worn over long slacks. This looked cool and Gvasalia made use of leather, striped fabrics and denim for a memorable look. As this was a summer show, the panels were all connected with zippers so one could actually make a real short out of a full-length pant. Also, his slouchy jackets were accentuated by weights in sleeves and lining for a happy Grand Dad look.
Gvasalia said that he and his circle of friends are often discussing whether it’s still ok to bring children into this world of terrorism and wars. Using a casting where many of the models carried their real kids on their shoulders sent a message of hope that tomorrow will still be a good place to be on planet earth.
No matter how cool the house, at the end of the day, celebrities like to turn up at shows to soak up some of the coolness that is attached to a house. The surprise guest at Balenciaga was actor Kyle MacLachlan of Twin Peaks fame who is in Europe promoting the latest version of the cult series directed by David Lynch.
Seeing Gvasalia in a sweaty Rammstein T-shirt and McLachlan in a boxy oversize coat from the last spring/summer collection made for odd paparazzi fodder.
What you don’t know?
The soundtrack of the show was made by Gvasalia’s boyfriend who is a composer and created a rendition of his favorite song of British band Muse’s Unintended.
Many sweat and T-shirts were emblazoned with a Europa logo telling us that the Georgian-born and now Switzerland resident Gvasalia believes in the idea of a united Europa.