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03-03-2011
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^Agree
There is some seriously stunning stuff going on here. Exceptional detailing, brilliant color blocking etc etc, all coherent AND absolutely wearable with a hyper young Dries kind of elegance en feminity to it. More or less the counterpart of his S/S 11 collection in terms of genderprojection. Even part of the cast was died with long platinum blonde hair.

You always need to take a second and a third look at Balenciaga.
And the woven bags are already the it-bag, you know it.

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I like this collection, but I don't love it. It feels really heavy to me. I'm just not getting the wow factor. Upon closer look, the detailing and accessories are beautifully handled and crafted. This is one of the more wearable collections from Balenciaga. I'm just not falling all over this.

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My first thoughts of this collection are, at the beginning it appears to be one of the ugliest collections I have ever seen, and then it rapidly becomes one of the most repetitive.
The faux leather knit makes me feel physically sick, the irregularly cut trousers topstitched in white look like a badly-done college project, the print on the white skirts with the transparent stripes.. don't mention them.
But..
- I haven't seen it moving yet (I hope the show isn't as fast as the last one)
- I'm looking at the details, and amongsts the horrific shoes and handbags there are images of what appears to be a chain caught into a channel seam, or creating an edging, which I like. Also some beautiful details on other clothing are coming through.
The strong points come in the drape, I feel, which, with the colours and fabrics, reminds me of Richard Nicoll from a few years ago.


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Ghesquiere has got into the habit of presenting all of his ways: a dress with short sleeves followed by an identical dress with long sleeves, followed by the same dress with long sleeves and a different collar.. nobody is interested in seeing the different options for the same garment! If you cut down all of the repetitions in this show you'd have about five looks.
I feel like Ghesquiere's experimentation has taken over, and this could not only be causing the repetition (due to lack of time and the pushing of good ideas) but also the detracting from the actual beauty of the clothing.
Floral silk backed in neoprene may not be the most wearable option but it was still gorgeous; beautiful, modern clothing stemming from a great idea. I feel the beauty is suffering and I have seen it in S/S 11 and A/W 10. Spring did absolutely nothing for me, I was entirely nonplussed. But this season I've been moved to speak.

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Those heels are killer. They must only be attempted by professionals.

I like this collection. I know Balenciaga collections can be very polarizing, but I just don't understand the hate when Ghesquiere creates a collection that isn't so so so fashion forward. This is innovative in use of materials and cuts. The woven leather tubing has a visceral, bodily feel to it. The collection tows the line between Ghesquiere's crazily innovative but unwearable stuff and the boring Edition line. It is a perfect collection in that way, imo.

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After seeing the video with the pieces in motion, I have to say, my opinion on this collection has not changed.

Besides the fact that it is terribly frumpy and makes the models look totally horrendous; the cut of the pieces and the general silhouette is so so so unflattering. To take a line from Anna Wintour, the girls look like "little houses" frankly speaking.

Seriously, the silhouette is so unforgiving from all angles. The clothes simply engulf the models, and in a way that is not modern or Balenciaga at all. There is a difference between creating something with a strong silhouette (a la Cristobal himself) and creating something with a silhouette just for the sake of creating a new silhouette.

To me, from the very first look to the very last look, all I can think of to describe this collection is "futuristic maternity wear". At least his pregnant muses will have something to wear for the next six months!

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Best Balenciaga collection in years.

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It's been a really long time since I've liked a Balenciaga collection. I won't say that I like all the pieces, but there are many that I like and the collection has impressed me overall.

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He gets texture, you know? The way he layers. Very cool chic. Those bubbly looking bags and vests are just rad. Interesting play with proportion, and those large netted crochets catching neons underneath? These simply flow from the punkyness of his last collection. There is something more ladylike entering this. Seems liminal. Like something new is coming, it's on the way. Maybe just a season away. This is the road. I'd take it.

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p.s. I know I am breaking the law, but can I please just say it? Stella!

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haha......
yeah...
i think with stella we can all agree to make that exception...


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yay stella!....


*and as far as i'm concerned...
you get extra points for using the word 'liminal'...
everyone should look that word up....
(i just did...)

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I'm at that point where you are almost hating. It's boring and lame. I've never been a fan of Ghesquiere but I always aknowledged his talent and the amazing things he was doing at Balenciaga but it seems like it's no longer the case.

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thank goodness ghesquiere left some of his obsessions about the future behind and gave us one of those collections that has a hint of a backward glance in the mix. while ghesquiere remains a genius when he pushes his collections to the far stretches of the future, some of his most wearable and enduring work comes when he incorporates the heritage and the architecture of the house of balenciaga into his work. this collection not only made brilliant use of that architecture, but it squared those ideas of the past with so much of the modern vocabulary he has created at this house.

even more compelling than some of the clothes, the accessories for this show truly won the day with some of the most covetable -- and death defying -- shoes he's presented in years and handbags with such texture that they outshine any we've seen this season.



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Balenciaga F/W 11.12 Paris Full Show


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typical Balenciaga ! love colors and materials.

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ok i have to confess despite my initial reaction this collection is growing on me. i think because its actually wearable. also because for the first time in a few seasons we finally get the effing hot shoes that balenciaga is known for!

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