No more shocking tricks, Demna only brought Balenciaga’s Fall – Winter 2023 runway with the personal imprints she had created at the fashion house.
Balenciaga autumn – winter 2023: return to the self
It is no exaggeration to say that Balenciaga’s show is the most anticipated event of the Fall – Winter 2023 fashion month. After a series of scandals related to the brand, as well as revelations about Demna Gvasalia’s new direction, people are getting more and more excited. Curious about what the designer will do.
The success that Demna brings to the fashion house is based on basic street fashion and sensational tricks. Ironically, that secret is a double-edged sword that brought the brand into a situation of a strong boycott of the controversy related to the image of children in November 2022. In order to “fire”, the designer had to do everything in reverse, more quiet, more core.
Just like what Demna announced in early February, the stage was just a white space, contrasting with the black seats so that all focus was on the costumes. The released collection also has the commitment to invest in technique and form. That alone is enough to make fans wait for an explosive return of the designs that have disappeared from the Balenciaga catwalk in recent years.
Despite successfully conveying elegant fashion, and showing a strong connection with the heritage of the fashion house, the Fall-Winter 2023 collection Balenciaga is not impressive enough to win back sympathy from the public. It seems that the “strong cards” have all been played by the creative director before and this collection is like a “nostalgic” collection of his hits: Rectangular Jacket and floral plaid dresses from 2017, chin-high shoulder pads from 2020, rounded shoulders from 2022 and images of typical Eastern European “Gopnik” youths from Vetements.
After a belated apology, Demna announced that Balenciaga’s Fall-Winter 2023 Collection will introduce new skins with meticulous investment. Right on the note on the invitation to the show, he admitted that fashion has turned into a form of entertainment and this is when he realized he had to give up that perspective to focus… making things. These sows hope of a return to the original Balenciaga fashion values.
It cannot be denied that this return of the fashion house to this catwalk shows a lot of designs that require high-end techniques, clearly expressing the desire to bring Balenciaga’s image back to be worthy of the luxury brand name, but Are they profitable enough to keep Demna’s chair safe without selling “merch” fashion? The expression “you lose a cow to build a barn” is not wrong in this situation, and what will Demna’s fate in Balenciaga be? Let the results of this collection do the talking for the rest of this year.
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