A Walk in The Park with Balenciaga. Menswear Show Spring/Summer 2018
Balenciaga’s latest menswear fashion show, spring/summer 2018, was held at Bois de Boulogne in Paris. It showed what life (das leben) could look like if people stopped wearing the same drab clothes all the time. Something we can only dream about when strolling our local park: Balenciaga’s outdoor venue, and the designs, visualised that for us.
Being as long in the fashion business as we, at Mimi Berlin, are makes sure that there is little surprise left: even at the NY-Paris-London-Milano fashion shows (which are top-notch main-stream-high-fashion-events) ‘things‘ keep repeating themselves. But the work of the artistic director at Balenciaga (and Vetements) Demna Gvasila, is still a breath of fresh air to us. (pun intended)
watch the show at balenciaga.com
overview ss18 menswear balenciaga.com
shop/pre-order the look at Balenciaga.com
shop/pre-order the bike at Balenciaga.com
The show looked like a family affair of fine dressed persons taking a hike: and that’s the only comparison that can be made about the models; they were al SO different. (Just like Demna Gvasila’s brand Vetements “No Show’ models: those are Hamburg citizens not prof. models.)
Furthermore, we suggest you take a look for yourself at balenciaga.com (or #balenciaga on instagram; pictures taken by the audience are always nice, atmosphere wise.) see if you like this performance as much as we do and, to get an actual look at the silhouettes and clothes, on which we obviously didn’t report.
You can shop (pre-order) this summer collection as we speak; NOW.
There are also 5 bicycles to choose from……….
The models were actual families and the venue is a ‘cruising place’ in Paris.
We found the coats at Balenciaga remarkable; They are fresh and young: seems for a different woman than the Balenciaga one used to be; more trendy. We now know why; this show was the debut of Vetements designer and new artistic director of Balenciaga Demna Gvasila. Vetements is the hottest brand in town nowadays; Fall 2016 was the last collection for Demna Gvasila.
Other Brands such as Celine also managed to transform functionality into fashion in a less radical way; presenting Wax (trench) Coats in a more demure colorscheme.
Like Acne Studios, Stella McCartney also incorporated the very functional Down Jacket. McCartney used the garment almost as a basis for her Fall 2016 collection. Unlike at Acne Studios she didn’t take away it’s functionality; to keep us warm. No, she transformed the down jacket into al kinds of shapes; from cropped to oversized, from day to evening wear.