Balenciaga Resort 2011: Pattern Play

 While many other fashion designers are infatuated with minimalism au courant, Nicolas Ghesquière appears to be the black sheep of the fashion crowd, clashing bold prints and colours on almost everything - including the model’s makeup and shoes. It was absorbing, and a total feast for the eyes, nothing like the minimalist styles we saw at Calvin Klein or Stella McCartney.

The clothes were snappy in design - a flurry of print mixed in with pieces which seemed based on uniforms - such as the uniform of an air hostess - something quite mundane, but here, unusual. The shapes of said uniforms were bent out of shape, injected with Ghesquière’s usual formula of futurism combined with past, historical references, evidently here, the 1960’s, with an array of hippie shirts, skirts and vests.

An irrefutable triumph for Ghesquière, who’s stand-out genius is quite clearly one-up on the rest, and the perfect wardrobe for anyone wishes to rebel against the minimal.

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