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Am I the only one to find this a bit Dries Van Noten-ish ?

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Is it just me or does this feel a bit recycled? Its a bit "Best Of" in terms of design and it feels, for the first time, without direction. Usually he has such a distinct and directional message about his Balenciaga woman / aesthetic with each season. Last season it was going somewhere punk. What exactly is he saying here with this collection?

Disappointed. Was expecting much more from him after such a strong Milan season.

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boring.

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this looks almost too dismal for Balenciaga. it is still very much identifiably Balenciaga, and it has all the usual elements of technostreetwear and punk futurism that Nicolas so vividly exploited back in SS2011 but somehow i just feel like it lacks the spirit. again i love the usual play on fabrics and how he intermixed leather and that mesh thing on some of the pieces; i'm sure there will be astounding details. and there were some really lovely coats and jackets in this one. but whereas SS2011 was a bit too hip to digest, this is a most somber counterpart for a progression from that direction. forced wearability, too much maturity in a span of 6months.. i guess sales needed to be improved?

btw lol this collection looks nothing like Dries. it lacks his trademark dynamic prints and euroethnicity. and correct me if i'm wrong but i think nowfashion missed the look in the first post?

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oh no, I don't usually get this disappointed with balenciaga some looks are nice, I like how he worked with zippers (for example, arizona's look) but that does indeed feel recycled.
i can already see this jacket in every magazine.

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I am responding more favorably to this than the SS2011 collection;

There was nothing mindblowingly fresh in the collection and in fact there are quite a few echoes from previous collections, and I'm OK with that;

Overall the shoes are hit and miss, but of the shoes that are hits I really like;

I have to admit that the repetitiveness thing that got my dander up last season is still present, but it does not bug me as much probably because I like this collection better, but I am still going to ding Ghesquiere for the repetition;

I am not a fan of the styling, although admittedly it did not bring the collection down but it did not elevate it either; not that I was hankering to see it recurring, but what's up with only some models having the mask like eye make up?

Some garments had construction issues, so that too is a ding.

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it's a mix of previous two collections, but I love it for no reason
I guess it's because fall 2010 got me overwhelmed, when I see those puffy stuff back again, just ECSTASY.:p

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Those buckle shoes remind me of Fall 2007 Chanel



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What's happenening with Ghesquiere?
This is bad.

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So much better than last season but there's still little repetition going on :/ At least it's repetition of converted amazing, similar looking pieces and not wacky, same looking pieces
The shoes are lovely

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Those buckle shoes remind me of Fall 2007 Chanel

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lol i was just about to post this. i guess the heel will be crazy-insane but they look exactly the same from the front

the collection confuses me.

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I am not seeing what's so bad about this. This collection is sensible enough to wear on the street, but particular enough to make a statement. There seems to be a type of japanese/samurai feeling to the cuts and prints which is lovely I think ! There's a lot to be purchased here.

While it does not quite push things into another stratosphere, it's a win for everyone: the suits want something sellable, the stores want to sell this, the buyers want to buy, and Ghesquière did not lose any of his creativity or credibility with this.

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i was so excited for this collection and i'm so disappointed. yes its sensible but it isn't what we expect when we think 'Balenciaga'. it's sensible and boring.

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