Vetements designer Demna Gvasalia unveiled his first men’s clothing collection for Balenciaga, after taking over from Alexander Wang, this past February. With the designer already well known amongst Paris’ underground, his first showing took place at a school in Paris’ 7th arrondissement, a perfect setting for the unorthodox Vetements designer.
“A man’s counterpart to heritage of women’s haute couture is the tradition of bespoke tailoring,” opened the show notes, which then went onto explain Gvasalia’s mission to “define and assert new men’s silhouettes through tailoring.”
And it turns out that that’s exactly what he did as he created a completely new men’s silhouette as he took inspiration from his previous Balenciaga Fall 2016 show, with male models wearing jackets featuring giant shoulders and out of balance proportions. One could only draw comparison to a teen trying on his dad’s ill-fitting suit for prom.
Gvasalia played with the house’s founder’s architectural silhouettes, and played with proportions as he introduced models literally ‘swimming’ in oversized, high-waisted pants alongside a polar opposite in the form of tight, ankle-skimming trousers.
Paying homage to Balenciaga’s heritage, the designer unearthed an unfinished jacket, he had found in the archives, finished it up, and sent it out as the first look as something of a symbolic gesture.
See the full collection at Balenciaga.com