Paris Fashion Week: Balenciaga
Proving his worth as a member of the crème de la crème of the fashion world Nicholas Ghesquière came up trumps in what is my favourite show of the season. While most designers abandoned this season's tough look Ghesquière was one of the few who successfully translated the aesthetic over into summer. Strong florals were manipulated into armour-like shapes and while the silhouette remained consistent the cuts and styles varied. Intricately layered and ruffled shoulders perched on top of tailored minidresses, while on other outfits volume was achieved through tailoring alone. Trousers and tops in metallics offered a summery version of the futuristic look and bright patterns were overlaid with organza and quilted.
It was nice to see a designer wholeheartedly embrace an aesthetic and run with it for an entire collection, and this show managed to show an obvious progression from his past work and kept the Balenciaga tradition of innovative tailoring.