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Balenciaga’s New Perspective

Godfrey Deeny
March 03rd, 2011 @ 00:21 AM - Paris

A great fashion collection, besides having to be beautiful and of-the-moment, also needs to intrigue which is exactly what the latest show from Balenciaga did, playing on volume, proportion and depth of yield in a mesmerizing visual display.

That sense of manipulating perspective was apparent from the opening look, a bolero jacket in the cleverest new fabric - a bumpy woven jacket made of thick ropes of leather - worn over a skirt of abstract baroque flowers and vines that had a dramatic depth of field.

Or take the second series in this show, staged in the Crillon Hotel in Paris on Thursday, March 3. Black silken dresses and skirts that undulated around as much as hung on the models, all finished with leather trim of gold metal piping. A favorite version appeared on Australian super model Miranda Kerr, a widow's dress in black silk with futurist metal trim. Making her first appearance on a catwalk since the birth of her son Flynn just six weeks ago, Kerr was cheered on by actor husband Orlando Bloom sitting front row.

"It was wondering about how much we really notice the three dimensions of things, or clothes. How things look so different up close and far away," Balenciaga's designer Nicolas Ghesquiere explained post show.

Dimension also played a big part in another snazzy series of dresses in primary colors, all covered in a string mesh, the sort one associates with old-fashioned men's underwear. Sounds weird, but they sure looked great.

Combining Renaissance court neck and shoulder ruffles, high-tech sequin panes, silk panels in mixes of bright white and Roman imperial purple, Ghesquiere whipped up a great finale of tough yet dreamy dresses and tunics worn over neoprene leggings.

Ghesquiere's other brainy ideas were new sets of bulky bags, made in his ropey leather knit, and finished with long elastic straps so the models wore them like mini shields. Also notable was the use of a wallpaper like paisley, seen on the striking stilettos on most models and in some great new envelope shape clutches.

While not quite Ghesquiere's greatest collection to date, this was a marvelously inventive fashion experience, where pretty much every single look had elan and where every idea will ripple through fashion worldwide for the next several years.

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