This was fall/winter’s most used piece in editorial spreads. Nicolas Ghesquière’s bubble skirt is exactly relevant: modern, ridiculously fun, gorgeously made. It works almost unexpectedly as being hugely, though almost counter-intuitively, wearable. There is a toughness in material, confidence in couture-light/like showiness, and a downright prettiness in color scheme. It’s nice when fashion editors get it right; this beaded, pumped top and hyper-puffed skirt deserves nothing but accolades.
Balenciaga is a label almost solely about explorations in architecture and volume. Ghesquière has been credited with restoring the label to creative integrity and importance, largely because he isn’t under financial constraints or demands to make a super marketable RTW line. Thank you, Classic bag.
But accessories have sold well
regardless. From the show:
The equestrian hat juxtaposed with hoof-esque footwear is wit and smiles galore. The small surprise is the huge hit of the harness platform ankle boots. They were everywhere, a great piece cum Trend. Even Princess Coldstare was featured wearing them in Thursday Styles. Gross, but they’re still great shoes.
It’s so lovely for a young
designer to not just be a namedrop for fashion in the years ahead, but to be a current
master (execution, talent) projecting clothes that are forward thinking without
tacky “futurism.” Sarah Mower would likely call Ghesquière a “Now-ist.” I like
that. There’s not an ounce of nostalgia in these clothes. The romance isn’t in
an idealized past, but in an optimistic future.
When I was on my Boyage t0 New York last month, I saw a woman in the above double breasted jacket. I peed my pants and gave her my number. The former stopped her from accepting the latter.