Balenciaga Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week
Moving from oversized to rather lovely pieces, the Balenciaga fall/winter 2015-2016 collection was expected to win the hearts of all those watching. While some of the pieces we may not be so inclined to bring into our everyday wardrobes, others would certainly look amazing on our bodies and hanging in our closets. Of the 36 pieces presented, at least 30 suit our tastes or meet our needs. This is a fashion house with quite the history, a French fashion house founded by a Spanish designer in the Basque Country of Spain back in 1914 as WWI came a-knocking on the door. Back then he had the reputation of a master couturier and was referred to as “the master of us all” by Christian Dior. That is quite the compliment coming from a fellow fashion designer who had also been making his mark on the world at the time. Today, it is Alexander Wang who is in charge of the creative designs that are put forward by the label, though he has skipped out on the bubble dresses and opted for the odd and feminine, without the ultra-modern. On the contrary, other than the use of multiple trends taking the year and upcoming seasons by storm, the pieces look quite classic indeed.
The checked tartan look seems to be a common theme within the Balenciaga fall/winter 2015-2016 collection that utilizes coatdresses along with some extremely lovely numbers coming soon afterwards. The first piece has us raising a brow, wondering what has happened to our favourite Balenciaga, but then that sleeveless dress in the black and white tartan check with the asymmetrical hem, the thigh slit and the slit down the chest, a black patch on one side pinned in place with a pretty little white flower really has us revelling in the beauty of the brand. The following dress in the grey and black, with the off-the-shoulder design and thigh slit to complement the midi hem has us imagining ourselves encased in such a garment, the fabric soft against our skin; it looks both warm and comfortable, two things that are certainly a necessity in a fall and winter chilly weather collection. The oversized sweaters have us wondering about that aspect of the collection though as they seem rather out of place when paired with the lovely skirts, both with thigh slits and asymmetrical hems, while we certainly like seeing the charcoal colored loose trousers appear within this line as well.
Leather is one of the materials used throughout, seen in the form of gloves and pants, jackets and shoes. There are many textures used throughout, but it is the tailoring that really captures the attention, particularly on one dress towards the end that falls to just under the knees, is in a grey color with a fitted corset like black waist band. The sleeves fall off the shoulder in a straight line across the chest, adding a touch of femininity to this. And then those black boots are rugged and masculine looking, taking away from the overall look that we would love to see on ourselves as we sashay into a party in our Balenciaga dress.
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