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Balenciaga RTW Fall 2019

Draining collections of seasonal themes and narratives was one of the big ideas Demna Gvasalia brought to fashion, and to Balenciaga. He gave that the heave-ho for fall, and poured a vast field of fragrant asphalt upon which to parade his vision of “the real Parisian of today.” The stark set and dim, flickering lighting did not obscure the rush of bold, thrilling fashion that whisked past, almost brushing the knees of guests.
Gvasalia also let go most of the streetwear claptraps he’s been stereotyped with to focus mostly on tailoring, and the precision silhouettes Cristóbal Balenciaga pioneered, including cocoons, babydolls and semifit shapes. “The house has had such a long story, but my job is basically to modernize it and to make it appealing to the customer that we have today,” he said backstage.
Announcing his Parisian theme ahead of time in an expansive WWD interview was also something new for the designer — and prescient, given the return of bourgeois Gallic chic gaining momentum in the French capital.
His take was raw, and emitted a hard edge as pungent as the tar smell wafting from the floor. For Gvasalia, Paris is not the mythic fashion city represented in arch couture photos

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