Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia intends to make a big statement in his and the maison’s debut menswear collection and it delivers. He sees his approach as the masculine equivalent of Cristobal Balenciaga’s couture attitude. Assertive through silhouette and definitive through tailoring, the cut of the cloth and its interrelation with the human body is the primary focus. There are voluminous shirts and coat jackets that are intentionally structured to exaggerate the body’s proportions, while in contrast, there are those that tapered around the waist for a fine, tailored look. Figured silks, woven by suppliers to The Holy See in a liturgical palette of papal purple and cardinal red, are used to emphatically reiterate the silhouette.
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