Balenciaga Is Having Its First Ever Men's Fashion Show
While Balenciaga has a menswear label, and even a standalone men’s store in New York, they’ve never had a men’s runway show before—pretty wild, considering that the Balenciaga brand is 97 years old. But today they announced that they’ll be having their first ever men’s runway show this June. According to the house’s statement, the show will “debut the masculine vision of Balenciaga’s new artistic director Demna Gvasalia, showcasing his first men’s collection for the historic maison.”
Gvasalia, of the extremely successful fashion collective Vetements, succeeded Alexander Wang this past fall, which was quite the leap from high-end street wear to one of the world’s most historic fashion houses. He had his first womenswear show for Balenciaga in March, and said about that collection, “My first priority was to understand the methodology of Cristóbal, his work around the body, and how to do it today, in 2016.” It is a slightly off-brand move for a designer who has continuously championed gender fluidity in his collections, but it will still be interesting to see how he approaches the men’s collection differently, and whether it’ll resemble his androgynous aesthetic at Vetements.
Balenciaga president and CEO, Isabelle Guichot, said she hired him because of his vision and ability to reshuffle the cards. And we can’t say we disagree—any man who creates sock boots with Bic lighters for heels is a true innovator. There’s high expectations for the show, and curiosity about what it’ll look like, considering it’ll probably set the tone for the aesthetic of Balenciaga’s mens division under Gvaslia’s reign. It might not include DHL or Champion logos like Gvasalia’s Vetements staples, but given his cutting-edge style, we’re sure we won’t be disappointed.
Photos via Vogue.
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