The observation of spontaneous social habits and the reconsideration of existing objects is the underlying design practice here. Specifically aimed at developing coolness and elegance for a new Balenciaga woman, the search for chic incorporates the accidental ideas which may occur in fittings. Some garments come fused together - skirts within coats - to spark options for the wearer. The prints of dresses and T-shirts are echoed in the fabric-draped ‘Knife’ stilettoes.
The methodology of repurposing continues: car-mats have been wrapped as skirts and patched to the back of shirts. Nylon spare tire covers are carried as totes, detached wing-mirrors made into efficient evening bags.
The Balenciaga Women Fall Winter 17 collection marks a further step forward, with the re-introduction of Balenciaga’s haute couture history. To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the house, a selection of the shapes and volumes of Cristobal Balenciaga’s couture dresses have been reinterpreted from the in-house photographs. Made-to-order, these dresses are either branded with the original BB house logo, or clearly labelled on the back with the year, collection and garment description. Also, as a practical gesture, pockets have been added to several of the gowns. Some of the extravagant couture fabrics are carried right through to matching editions of Bazar bags.